Famous Clowns: Lou Jacobs

most famous clowns Lou Jacobs

Today we are going to present you one of the most Famous Clowns: Lou Jacobs. Jacobs, a clown auguste, represented, among other characters, the Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus for more than 60 years. In 1989 he managed to enter the International Clown Hall of Fame and is to this day known for popularizing the clown car. See everything about him in this article. See also other famous clowns, such as Marcel Marceau

Born on January 1, 1903, in Bremerhaven, Germany, Johann Ludwig Jacob became one of the greatest clowns of all time. Undoubtedly one of the most famous clowns: Lou Jacobs was the youngest son of a song and dance team.

Life of Famous clowns: Lou Jacobs


Since the six years that he is in the art world, having made, in the first performance, the hindquarters of an alligator with his brother.

But it was only at age 11 that Lou saw the first clown, but soon decided that was what he wanted to do in his life, though with famous clown Lou Jacobsthe disapproval of his father.

He began to study acrobatics, contortion techniques, and barrel jumping when he exits the school at night.

In 1923 he travels to the USA, and this was the first step for he becomes one of the most famous clowns: Lou Jacobs. In fact, this decision was not easy, he comes to New York with only $ 2 in his pocket, and simply did not know speak any English.

Still, Jacobs landed a role in a Belgian acrobatic act that earned him in the time $ 25 a week.

Two years later he joined with Michael Morris (British contortionist), doing a comic number. It was a success!

As Morris had a contract most famous clowns Lou Jacobswith Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, he was able to help HIS new companion. He began working with other clowns, doing costume and makeup and worked in some of the production numbers.

He started as whiteface clown, but realized that he was stronger as auguste clown, especially after offering him a complete program!

He made numerous works as auguste clown, and no doubt was very successful.

In 1953 he married Jean Rockwell (former model, and circus aerialist). From this marriage were born two daughters, who won the taste for the circus, and one (Dolly) became an acrobat and trapeze artist well known, and another (Lou Ann) A trainer of elephants.

As one of the most famous clowns: Lou Jacobs earned a distinction for being the only living American to have an image on a US postage stamp.