Emmett Kelly

Emmett Leo Kelly (December 9, 1898  March 28, 1979) was an American circus performer, who created the clown figure "Weary Willie," based on the hobos of the Great Depression in the 1930s. According to Charles W. Carey, Jr.:

Kelly’s creation of Weary Willie revolutionized professional clowning and made him the country’s most familiar clown. The sad-sack, shuffling antics of his unkempt, downtrodden hobo offered a complete contrast to the madcap cavorting of brightly colored, white-faced conventional clowns and has served as an alternate model for professional clowns ever since.[1]
Emmett Kelly
Kelly ca. 1953
Born
Emmett Leo Kelly

(1898-12-09)December 9, 1898
DiedMarch 28, 1979(1979-03-28) (aged 80)
Resting placeRest Haven Memorial Park, Lafayette, Indiana
Other namesWeary Willie
OccupationCircus clown
Spouse(s)
Eva Mae Moore
(m. 1923)

Elvira Gebhardt
(m. 1955; his death 1979)
Children4, including Emmett Leo Kelly Jr., Patrick, Stasia & Monika
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