Frank Avruch known as Bozo the Clown passea away at 89 years old. Bozo made his television debut in 1949, portrayed by Pinto Colvig. In 1965, “Bozo’s Big Top” became a syndicated series in local markets across the country.
Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, his family said in a statement to WCVB-TV .[/video]
Avruch played Bozo from 1959 to 1970 and was the first nationally syndicated version of the clown. Other performers of the popular character were Willard Scott, Bob Bell and Joey D’Auria.
He was also an active philanthropist and a board member of UNICEF’S New England chapter. He toured the world performing as Bozo the clown for UNICEF.[/video]
Avruch is survived by his wife, Betty and their two sons.Funeral services for Avruch were scheduled for Friday.