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Jacobs, Lou, 1903-1992


  • [Lou Jacobs, born January 1, 1903, in Bremerhaven, Germany, was the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus's master clown for sixty years. He had a very robust repertoire of gags and sketches, including sketches with mechanized props; such as zipping around the hippodrome in his motorized bathtub with strings of water streaming from the showerhead. Jacobs was also known for contorting his frame into a 2-by-3 foot mini car. He as a founding professor at the Clown College in Florida. Lou had two daughters, Lou Ann Barreda and Dolly Jacobs, with his wife, Jean Rockwell. He died of heart failure on, September 13, 1992, in Sarasota, FL.]

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    • Jacob, Ludwig, 1903-1992
    • Jacob, Johann Ludwig, 1903-1992
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    • found: The greatest show on earth [MP] 1952:credits (circus personnel photographed under the big top, Lou Jacobs)
    • found: Internet movie database WWW site, April 22, 2010(Lou Jacobs; b. January 1, 1903, Bremerhaven, Germany; birth name, Ludwig Jacob; d. September 13, 1992, Sarasota, Florida; circus clown)
    • found: Obituary (Lou Jacobs), The New York Times, September 15, 1992:(Clowning, Acrobatics; born January 1, 1903, Bermerhaven, Germany; died September 13, 1992, Sarasota, FL)
    • found: Circuses and Sideshows website, viewed March 22, 2018:Lou Jacobs (Johann Ludwig Jacob was born on January 1, 1903 in Bremerhaven, Germany...On September 13, 1992 Johann Ludwig Jacob, died...in Sarasota, FL) - http://www.circusesandsideshows.com/performers/loujacobs.html
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    • [Lou Jacobs, born January 1, 1903, in Bremerhaven, Germany, was the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus's master clown for sixty years. He had a very robust repertoire of gags and sketches, including sketches with mechanized props; such as zipping around the hippodrome in his motorized bathtub with strings of water streaming from the showerhead. Jacobs was also known for contorting his frame into a 2-by-3 foot mini car. He as a founding professor at the Clown College in Florida. Lou had two daughters, Lou Ann Barreda and Dolly Jacobs, with his wife, Jean Rockwell. He died of heart failure on, September 13, 1992, in Sarasota, FL.]
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