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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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 1933 The Big Cage (book "The Big Cage")
Hide Hide Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
 1954 Ring of Fear (technical advisor)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (3 credits)
 1962 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Himself - Contestant
- Episode dated 25 November 1962 (1962) ... Himself - Contestant
 1959 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.148 (1959) ... Himself
 1940 Cat College (Documentary short)
Himself - Lion Tamer
Hide Hide Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)
 1991 The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 (TV Special)
 1986 Classic Comedy Teams (Video documentary)
Himself (segment "Abbott and Costello")
 1966 Bat Men of Africa (TV Movie)
Clyde Beatty
 1946 Here Comes the Circus (Short documentary)
Animal Trainer
 1944 Jungle Woman
Fred Mason (in long shots) (uncredited)
 1943 Captive Wild Woman
Fred Mason (in long shots) (uncredited)

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Alternate Names:

Clyde R. Beatty


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 »


He was an avid fisherman who especially loved deep-sea fishing. He had friends on all three American coasts who would take him out before his circus performances. See more »


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