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Emmett Kelly

 (1898 - 1979)
Emmett (Sr.) Kelly was active/lived in Florida, Missouri, Kansas.  Emmett Kelly is known for cartoonist-tramp clown self portrait, sketches.

"Self Portrait"

Biography   Emmett Kelly


Emmett Kelly Sr., the most well-known of the tramp clowns of the circus.  His character, Weary Willy, was the perpetual underdog, who never gave up - and, because of it, occasionally won.  He was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1989.  In 2007, the Emmett Kelly Museum will celebrate its' 40th anniversary with an attempt at breaking the world's record for the largest gathering of clowns.

Emmett Kelly Sr. was born in Sedan, Kansas on December 9, 1898.  His father worked the railroad, and his mother ran the family-owned boarding house.  Sedan has created the Emmett Kelly Museum in his honor.  He grew up, not in Sedan, but on a farm in rural Missouri.  He worked at various jobs, finally seeming t   ...  Displaying 750 of 4276 characters.

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