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Grock (1880–1959)

Karl Adrien Wettach, one of the most famous clowns of the first half of the 20th century, was born on Jan 10, 1880 in Reconvilier in the Swiss Canton of Bern. His watchmaker father was an amateur musician and acrobat, and he taught the young Karl the basics of music and tumbling. Karl became hooked on performing, and he worked up a variety show ... See full bio »


(age 79) in Imperia, Liguria, Italy

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Farewell Mister Grock
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 1954 Nit möööglich...! (TV Movie)
 1950 Farewell Mister Grock
Adrien Wettach, dit 'Grock'
 1931/II Grock
 1931/I Grock
Grock, himself
 1926 What For?
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 1954 Nit möööglich...! (TV Movie) (manuscript)
 1931/I Grock (manuscript - as Adrian Wettach)
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 2003 Grock: King of Clowns (TV Movie documentary)
 1931/I Grock
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 1931/II Grock (music: "Le vrai bonheur")
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 1968 Solo (Short) (in memory of)
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 2003 Grock: King of Clowns (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Grock - König hinter der Maske (TV Movie documentary)

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Adrian Wettach

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The genius of clowning is transforming the little, everyday annoyances, not only overcoming, but actually transforming them into something strange and terrific. It is the power to extract mirth for millions out of nothing and less than nothing. See more »


Monotype's art deco font Grock, designed in 1935, is named after him. See more »

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