Emmett Leo Kelly (December 9, 1898 – March 28, 1979) was an American circus performer, who created the memorable clown figure "Weary Willie", based on the hobos of the Depression era.
Full Name at Birth
Emmett Leo Kelly
Sedan, Kansas, USA
Clown | Actor | Writer | Miscellaneous Crew
Place of Death
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Cause of Death
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==Emmett Kelly== was born on December 9, 1898 in Sedan, Kansas, USA as Emmett Leo Kelly. He was an actor and writer, known for [[General Electric Theater]] (1953), [[Wind Across the Everglades]] (1958) and [[The Fat Man]] (1951). He was married to Elvira Gebhardt, Mildred Richey and Eva Mae Moore (actress). He died on March 28, 1979 in Sarasota, Florida, USA.
[[Elvira Gebhardt]] (20 April 1955 - 28 March 1979) ( his death) ( 2 children)
[[Mildred Richey]] (1944 - 1945) ( divorced)
[[Eva Mae Moore]] (actress) (21 July 1923 - 1935) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
===Trivia (9)=== 1. Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians, 1996. 2. Emmett Kelly wrote and published his memoirs: "Clown" in 1954. He was also a part of a nightclub comedy team with entertainer and radio/TV broadcaster, Linn Sheldon, during the l930's. 3. Emmett Kelly originally wanted to be a newspaper cartoonist. Unable to find any work with a newspaper syndicate or an animation studio, he joined a circus as a chalk talk artist (drawing pictures to help illustrate the stories that he told his audiences). Later on, Mr. Kelly became a trapeeze artist at the circus. Working with his first wife, he created and performed as several different clown characters, including a whiteface buffoon. He finally found success with his sad face hobo character: "Weary Willie". 4. Inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1989. 5. His son, [[Emmett Kelly Jr.]] (d. 2006) followed in his footsteps to become a circus clown. 6. He was originally a member of the Knickerbocker Circus and helped rescue several children when the circus tent caught fire, killing a number of people. The event was known forever after as "the day when the clowns cried.". 7. Henry Fonda portrayed Emmett on "General Electric Theater: Season 3, Episode 25, The Clown" (1955), which was a short biographical piece. 8. Emmett Kelly is the great Uncle of actor [[Brodi Barringer]]. 9. Clown of renown (usually in sad-faced hobo's makeup although on some occasions he sported classic whiteface) with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, who acted in a handful of films.
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Mollie Hunter Kelly
Eva Mae Moore Lewis
1903–1991 (m. 1932)
Sylvia I. Kelly Smith
Emmett Leo Kelly Jr.
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