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Pinto Colvig

Vance DeBar Colvig, professionally Pinto Colvig, was an American vaudeville actor, voice actor, newspaper cartoonist, and circus performer, whose schtick was playing the clarinet off-key while mugging. Colvig was the original Bozo the Clown, and the original voice of the Disney characters Pluto and Goofy. In 1993, he was posthumously made a Disney Legend for his contributions to Walt Disney Films, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fun and Fancy Free.


Victoria Chaplin

Victoria Chaplin is a British-American circus performer. She is the daughter of film actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin from his fourth wife, Oona O'Neill, and the granddaughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill.


Emmett Kelly

Emmett Leo Kelly was an American circus performer, who created the memorable clown figure "Weary Willie", based on the hobos of the Depression era.

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Lavinia Warren

Mercy Lavinia Warren Stratton was an American proportionate dwarf, who was a circus performer and the wife of General Tom Thumb. She was known for her appearance in one silent film, The Lilliputians Courtship (1915).


Nik Wallenda

Nikolas Wallenda is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, high wire artist, and author. He is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He holds nine Guinness World Records for various acrobatic feats, but is best known as the first person to walk a tightrope stretched directly over Niagara Falls.


Charles Blondin

Charles Blondin was a French tightrope walker and acrobat. He toured the United States, and was known for crossing the 1,100 ft (340 m) Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.


Bello Nock

Bello Nock, often known simply as "Bello", is an American daredevil and circus performer. Nock has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for his highwire walk over a cruise ship. He has performed several stunts in New York City, including rappelling off of Madison Square Garden and hanging from a helicopter over the Statue of Liberty. Nock performs without the traditional clown makeup. Nock's signature look revolves around his foot-tall strawberry blonde hair. Nock was included in Time Magazine's list of "America's Best Artists and Entertainers. His theater show, "Bello Mania", was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

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James Thiérrée

James Spencer Henry Edmond Marcel Thierrée is a Swiss circus performer, violinist, actor and director who is best known for his theatre performances which blend contemporary circus, mime, dance, and music. He is the son of circus performers Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierrée, the grandson of filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and the great-grandson of playwright Eugene O’Neill.

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Firtsak Ivan Fedorovych

Ivan Fyodorovich Firtsak-Kroton — was a Ukrainian circus performer, athlete, wrestler, boxer and freestyle wrestler, once said to be the world's strongest man.


Zishe Breitbart

Siegmund Breitbart, also known popularly as Zishe or Sische Breitbart, was a Polish-born circus performer, vaudeville strongman and Jewish folklore hero. He was known as the "Strongest Man in the World" and Eisenkönig ("Ironking") during the 1920s.


Arthur Saxon

Arthur Saxon, born Arthur Hennig and nicknamed "The Iron-Master", was a German strongman and circus performer from the late 19th century into the early 20th century. Saxon is most well known for the bent press, with which he set a world record of 168 kg (370 lbs) as well as the "two hands anyhow" lift of 203 kg (448 lbs). Usually, Saxon is depicted with his recognizable mustache.


Captain George Costentenus

Captain George Costentenus or "The Greek Albanian," was a circus performer in the late 1800s. A man who was tattooed over his entire body, he was a famous traveling attraction who claimed to have been kidnapped by Chinese Tartars and tattooed against his will. His surname was sometimes spelled as Constantenus and Constantinius. He was also known as Djordgi Konstantinus and Georgius Constantine.


Lillian Leitzel

Lillian Leitzel was an acrobat and strongwoman for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The inaugural (posthumous) inductee to the International Circus Hall of Fame, Leitzel died in hospital two days after a fall during a live performance.


Barry Lubin

Barry Lubin is an American circus performer best known for his Grandma character. His Grandma character was a headline act at the Big Apple Circus in New York City for twenty-five seasons from 1982 until his 2012 retirement and relocation to Sweden. Lubin's return to the Big Apple Circus in late 2017 was cut short in January 2018 when he admitted to having pressured an underage, sixteen-year-old circus performer to pose for pornographic pictures in 2004.

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Qin Shaobo

Qin Shaobo is a Chinese actor, acrobat and contortionist.