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Emmett Kelly (1898–1979)


Clown of renown (usually in sad-faced hobo's makeup although on some occasions he sported classic whiteface) with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, who acted in a handful of films. See full bio »

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(age 80) in Sarasota, Florida, USA

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Filmography

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 1967 The Clown and the Kids
The Piper
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Narrator
- Circus (1962) ... Narrator
 1958 Wind Across the Everglades
Bigamy Bob
 1958 The Bob Crosby Show (TV Series)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Weary Willie
- Around the World in 90 Minutes (1957) ... Weary Willie
 1957 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Guest Ringling Brothers Clown - Weary Willie
- All Star Circus Revue (1957) ... Guest Ringling Brothers Clown - Weary Willie
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
 1951 The Fat Man
Ed Deets
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Other Works:

Active on Broadway in the following production: See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | See more »
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Emmett Kelly originally wanted to be a newspaper cartoonist. Unable to find any work with a newspaper syndicate or an animation studio, he joined a circus as a chalk talk artist (drawing pictures to help illustrate the stories that he told his audiences). Later on, Mr. Kelly became a trapeeze artist at the circus. Working with his first wife, he created and performed as several different clown ... See more »

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