Longtime "Bozo The Clown" Performer Frank Avruch Dead At 89

March 23, 2018
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For some, there is no clown more prominent in their lives than Bozo the Clown.  

For a few, Ronald McDonald takes the top spot, but Bozo was a national television staple since his debut in 1949.  While many have donned the white face paint and big red nose over the years, the first man to portray the clown syndicated nationally was Boston's Frank Avruch.  Unfortunately, earlier this week Avruch passed away at the age of 89.  

A statement from Avruch's family read "While it's hard to say goodbye, we celebrate the legacy of joy and laughter he brought to millions of children around the world as Bozo the Clown on TV and as a UNICEF Ambassador and later as host of Channel 5's Great Entertainment and Boston's Man About Town.  Our dad loved the children of all ages who remembered being on his show and was always grateful for their kind words.  We will miss him greatly."

Avruch portrayed Bozo from 1959 to 1970, and was the first nationally syndicated version of the clown.  After working at WCVB in Boston for more than 40 years, Avruch was inducted into the National Television Academy's Gold Circle.  His manager Stuart Hersh said of Avruch, "He had a heart of gold.  He brought the Bozo the Clown character to life better than anyone else's portrayal of Bozo the Clown."

Via CNN