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Clyde Beatty (1903–1965)

Clyde Beatty, who was born on June 10, 1903 in Bainbridge, Ohio, was a big game hunter who became famous as a lion tamer and animal trainer. He was the first lion tamer to be featured in a circus. Eventually, he became a circus impresario who owned his own show. Beatty became famous for his "fighting act," in which he entered the cage with wild ... See full bio »

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Clyde R. Beatty

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5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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You can never be certain that a lion or a tiger won't hook you if it has the opportunity. Big cats are wild by nature, even if they're born in captivity. They never develop any affection for their trainer, no matter how gentle he may be with them. I want people to see me close - close enough to smell the cats. When I'm in there, I don't know if there are a hundred or a thousand in the audience. ... See more »

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His favorite meal was Mississippi River catfish, which he never passed up. See more »

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White pith helmet, white tropical military uniform, gunbelt and boots

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Scrap-iron Shorty

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Gemini

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