On Thursday, March 22, it was announced that Frank Avruch had passed away in Boston. Frank Avruch was best known for his time playing Bozo the clown from 1959 to 1970. Without fail, he would always cover his face in greasepaint and don the red wig that would become the quintessential clown pictured when someone is asked to describe a clown. For years, children tuned in to watch his hilarious antics, bringing smiles and joys to the faces of people everywhere.
Although many of the television stations had their own show featuring a clown named Bozo, Frank earned himself the very first Bozo show to become nationally syndicated. His only contribution to television wasn’t his performances as Bozo however. In fact, he was also well known for his work as a UNICEF Ambassador, and went on to host Boston’s “Man About Town” and Channel 5’s “Great Entertainment.”
Frank passed away on Tuesday, March 20, at 89 years of age. He passed away as the result of a long and hard battle against heart disease. During his life, he was married to his beloved wife, Betty and together they raised two wonderful children. Please pray for his friends and family as they face the loss of this magnificent man who was always able to bring a smile to their face.