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Emmett Kelly
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    (December 9, 1898-March 28, 1979)
    Portrayed the clown tramp 'Weary Willy'
    Performed with the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus
    Appeared as himself in 'The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)'
    Mascot for the Brooklyn Dodgers (during the 1956 season)
    Inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame (1989)
    He was a failed cartoonist, who actually drew clowns.
    He usually appeared in sad-face makeup and tattered clothing.
    His act was trying to sweep up the spotlight.
    He was a friggin' clown, who wrote an autobiography.
    He was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians, even though he was born in Kansas.
    He named his son Emmett Kelly, Jr.
    He was named in honor of Irish poet Robert Emmett.
    He was loved by kids and adults alike.
    He made weary Americans during the Great Depression forget their troubles and laugh.
    The Emmett Kelly Museum was built in his honor in his hometown of Sedan.
    He is the most famous and recognizable clowns of all time.

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