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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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The Big Cage
The Big Cage Clyde Beatty
Darkest Africa
Darkest Africa Clyde Beatty
The Lost Jungle
The Lost Jungle Clyde Beatty
Africa Screams
Africa Screams Clyde Beatty


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 1954 Ring of Fear
Clyde Beatty
 1953 Perils of the Jungle
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 1949 Africa Screams
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 1939 One Day Stand (Short)
Lion Tamer
 1936 Darkest Africa
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 1934/I The Lost Jungle
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 1933 The Big Cage
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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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