We Loved Him When We Were Kids: The First Nationally Syndicated Bozo the Clown, Frank Avruch, Dies at 89

Mar 22, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“Longtime Boston television personality and entertainer Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children’s TV program ‘Bozo the Clown,’ has died,” reports the Associated Press, adding “He was 89.”

The story continues, “Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, his family said in a statement to WCVB-TV.”

The AP adds, “Avruch played Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1970, a clown character particularly popular in the U.S. in the 1960s because of widespread franchising in television. Avruch became the first nationally-syndicated Bozo the Clown.”

Writes the Boston Globe, “Avruch toured the world performing as ‘Bozo’ for UNICEF and was given a United Nations Award for his work with children.”

Here’s some clips of Avruch playing Bozo that we found in this video posted in 2010 on YouTube:

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