Larry Harmon, who achieved fame as Bozo the Clown died on Thursday of congestive heart failure. He was 83.
While he wasn’t the original Bozo, Harmon licensed the character to others stations which in turn hired actors to be their local Bozos.
“You might say, in a way, I was cloning BTC (Bozo the Clown) before anybody else out there got around to cloning DNA,” Harmon said in a 1996 interview.
Chicago’s Bob Bell was the most popular of the many clowns, but Harmon embellished Bozo’s distinctive look: the orange-tufted hair, the bulbous nose, the outlandish red, white and blue costume.
“I felt if I could plant my size 83AAA shoes on this planet, (people) would never be able to forget those footprints,” he said.
Krusty will be heartbroken.