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List of Famous Clowns

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This list of famous clowns includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top clowns in the world? While most clowns don't intend to scare, these reasons why kids hate clowns might bring back some childhood fears. This list includes the most prominent clowns, living and dead, both from America and abroad. This list of notable clowns and clown names is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these popular clowns were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but they're all regarded as famous clowns in history and today.

No clown names list would be complete without the likes of Willard Scott, Red Skelton, Bill Irwin, and more. Did you know serial killer John Wayne Gacy had a career as a clown as well? Famous circus clowns, famous TV clowns, and others are full of surprises.

From reputable, prominent, old, and well known clowns to funny clown names you might not have heard of, these are some of the funniest famous clown names int the business. You'll even find a few female clown names on this list! So, who are the most famous clowns ever? What are the names of famous clowns? This list has them all, with French, Italian, and other world famous clowns for your amusement.

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    Bill Irwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Bill Irwin

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    William Mills Irwin (born April 11, 1950) is an American actor, clown, and comedian. He began... more on Wikipedia
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    John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    John Wayne Gacy

    Dec. at 52 (1942-1994)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer who raped,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Emmett Kelly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Emmett Kelly

    Dec. at 81 (1898-1979)

    BirthplaceSedan, Kansas, United States of America

    Emmett Leo Kelly (December 9, 1898 – March 28, 1979) was an American circus performer, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Red Skelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Red Skelton

    Dec. at 84 (1913-1997)

    BirthplaceVincennes, Indiana, United States of America

    Richard Bernard Eheart (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) professionally known as Red... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Soupy Sales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Soupy Sales

    Dec. at 83 (1926-2009)

    BirthplaceFranklinton, North Carolina, United States of America

    Milton Supman (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009), known professionally as Soupy Sales, was... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Grock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Clowns


    Dec. at 79 (1880-1959)

    BirthplaceLoveresse, Switzerland

    Grock (January 10, 1880 – July 14, 1959), born Charles Adrien Wettach, was a Swiss clown,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Bob Keeshan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Bob Keeshan

    Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Lynbrook

    Robert James Keeshan (June 27, 1927 – January 23, 2004) was an American television producer... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Joseph Grimaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Joseph Grimaldi

    Dec. at 59 (1778-1837)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Joseph Grimaldi (18 December 1778 – 31 May 1837) was an English actor, comedian and dancer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    W. C. Fields is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    W. C. Fields

    Dec. at 66 (1880-1946)

    BirthplaceUSA, Darby, Pennsylvania

    William Claude Dukenfield (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946), better known as W. C.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Dimitri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Clowns


    Age: 85

    BirthplaceAscona, Switzerland

    Dimitri Jakob Muller (September 18, 1935 – July 19, 2016), known as Dimitri was a Swiss clown... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Otto Griebling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Otto Griebling

    Dec. at 76 (1896-1972)

    BirthplaceKoblenz, Germany

    Otto Griebling (April 28, 1896 – April 19, 1972) was a German-born circus clown who performed... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Michael Goudeau is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    BirthplaceLouisiana, United States of America

    Michael Carey Goudeau (born May 11, 1959) is a juggler and an ex-circus clown who graduated... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Chester Conklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Chester Conklin

    Dec. at 85 (1886-1971)

    BirthplaceOskaloosa, USA, Iowa

    Chester Cooper Conklin (January 11, 1886 – October 11, 1971) was an early American film ... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Wavy Gravy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Wavy Gravy

    Age: 84

    BirthplaceEast Greenbush, New York, United States of America

    Hugh Nanton Romney (born May 15, 1936) — known as Wavy Gravy — is an American entertainer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Bud Abbott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Bud Abbott

    Dec. at 79 (1895-1974)

    BirthplaceAsbury Park, New Jersey, United States of America

    William Alexander "Bud" Abbott (October 2, 1897 – April 24, 1974) was an American actor, best... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Avner the Eccentric is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Atlanta

    Avner Eisenberg "Avner the Eccentric" (born August 26, 1948) is an American vaudeville... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Oleg Popov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Oleg Popov

    Age: 90

    BirthplaceMoscow, Eurasia, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union

    Oleg Konstantinovich Popov (Russian: Олег Константинович Попoв, 31 July 1930 – 2 November... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Bob Bell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Bob Bell

    Dec. at 75 (1922-1997)

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Flint

    Robert Lewis Bell (January 18, 1922 – December 8, 1997), better known as Bob Bell, was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Pinto Colvig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Pinto Colvig

    Dec. at 75 (1892-1967)

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Oregon, United States of America

    Vance DeBar Colvig Sr. (September 11, 1892 – October 3, 1967), professionally Pinto Colvig,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Yuri Nikulin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Yuri Nikulin

    Dec. at 76 (1921-1997)

    BirthplaceDemidov, Smolensk Oblast, Russia

    Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin (Russian: Юрий Владимирович Никулин; 18 December 1921 – 21 August... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Jim Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Jim Allen

    Jim Allen is a television producer.
  • 22
    Lou Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Lou Jacobs

    Dec. at 89 (1903-1992)

    BirthplaceBremerhaven, Germany

    Johann Ludwig Jacob (January 1, 1903 – September 13, 1992), professionally known as Lou... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Willard Herman Scott Jr. (born March 7, 1934) is an American weather presenter, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Arisa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Clowns


    Age: 38

    BirthplaceGenoa, Italy

    Rosalba Pippa (born 20 August 1982), better known by her stage name Arisa, is an Italian... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Achille Zavatta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Clowns

    Achille Zavatta

    Dec. at 78 (1915-1993)


    Achille Zavatta (6 May 1915 – 16 November 1993) was a French clown, artist and circus... more on Wikipedia
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