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Date of Birth 2 January 1925Toledo, Ohio, USA
Date of Death 3 July 2008Los Angeles, California, USA  (congestive heart failure)
Birth NameLawrence Weiss

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Larry Harmon was born on January 2, 1925 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Lawrence Weiss. He was a producer and actor, known for Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown (1958), The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy in 'For Love or Mummy' (1999) and Bozo's Big Top (1966). He was married to Susan Harmon. He died on July 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Susan Harmon (1978 - 3 July 2008) (his death) (4 children)

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Best known as the longtime owner of the name and likeness of "Bozo the Clown". Although Harmon credited himself as the character's creator and original portrayer, Capitol Records producer Alan Livingston created Bozo in 1946 for a popular series of children's storytelling record-album and illustrative read-along book sets, the first of their kind; and Pinto Colvig portrayed the character on the recordings, radio and first television series Bozo's Circus (1949) on KTTV-Channel 11 (CBS) Los Angeles, California in 1949. Harmon, one of several actors hired by Livingston and Capitol Records to portray Bozo at promotional appearances, formed a business partnership and bought the licensing rights (excluding the record-readers) to the character when Livingston briefly left Capitol in 1956. In 1959, Jayark Films Corporation distributed a series of Harmon-produced limited-animation cartoons (with Harmon as the voice of Bozo) to television stations, along with the rights for each to hire its own live Bozo host. In 1965, Harmon became the sole owner of the licensing rights after buying out his business partners. In 1971, Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation took over Capitol Records' "Bozo the Clown" copyright. In 2001, the last Bozo television series ended a 40-year-run on Superstation WGN-Channel 9 Chicago, Illinois.
He also created an aborted television pilot in the 1950s called "General Universe", in which he was going to use the life size, stationary model of the robot "Gort", from the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). He then went on to create the studio bound, 50s television show called "Commander Comet", which flourished for 2 and a half seasons. He used the "Gort" prop for this show as well. He made some additions to the "Gort" suit & called it "Rotar", who was the ever faithful companion to "Commander Comet".
Children: son, Jeff Harmon, and daughters Lori Harmon, Marci Breth-Carabet and Leslie Breth.
Became interested in theater while studying at the University of Southern California.
Caught up in a minor controversy when the International Clown Hall of Fame took down his 1990 Lifetime of Laughter Achievement Award plaque honoring him as the creator and original Bozo, and formally endorsed Alan Livingston in 1998 as creator and inducted Pinto Colvig in 2004 as the first Bozo. Harmon, who was one of several actors playing Bozo at promotional appearances in the early 1950s and later acquired all rights to the character, denied ever misrepresenting Bozo's history.
Father of documentary film maker Jeff B. Harmon.

Personal Quotes (1)

I felt if I could plant my size 83AAA shoes on this planet, people would never be able to forget those footprints.

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