"The World's Most Famous Clown," as he is sometimes called, got his start in 1946. He made is TV debut in 1949, just as that medium was getting started. He was the creation of created by Alan W. Livingston and first played by Pinto Colvig. He was played by local performers in various television markets as his popularity grew. He is still the most recognized clown on earth.
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