Bozo the Clown Frank Avruch dies at 89
Frank Avruch was the star of children’s TV program Bozo the Clown, whose broad popularity peaked in the United States in the 1960s. The beloved artist has died aged 89 on Tuesday (Mar. 20) at his Boston home from heart disease.
Performers to have played Bozo include Pinto Colvig (1940s), Larry Harmon (1950s), Willard Scott (1959–1962), Frank Avruch (1959–1970), Bob Bell (1960–1984), and Joey D’Auria (1984–2001).
“He had a heart of gold,” manager Stuart Hersh told The Associated Press on Wednesday (Mar. 21), “He brought the Bozo the Clown character to life better than anyone else’s portrayal of Bozo the Clown.”
In addition to his work as Bozo, Avruch was a well-known Boston TV personality, having spent most of his career at local station WCVB-TV. He served as host of locally produced programs, including Sunday Open House, The Good Day Show, Man About Town and The Great Entertainment.
No mentioning the fact he was an active philanthropist and a board member of UNICEF’S New England chapter. He toured the world performing as Bozo the clown for UNICEF. Furthermore he was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.
Avruch is survived by his wife Betty, two sons Matthew and Steven and several grandchildren. “Our dad loved the children of all ages who remembered being on his show and was always grateful for their kind words. We will miss him greatly,” the family said in a statement.