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Jacobs' circa 1970 headshot.

About Lou Jacobs (1903 – 1992)
Lou Jacob was born on January 1, 1903 in Bremerhaven, Germany.

On September 13, 1992 Lou Jacobs passed away in Sarasota, Florida.

Lou Jacobs came to be known as one of the most famous clowns in the world through his innovative comic routines, compassion for others and strong dedication to his work.

Born Ludwig Jacob in Bremerhaven, Germany in 1903, Lou had an early start in show business. At the age of seven he played the back end of an alligator to his older brother's forefeet and jaws.

In 1923 he immigrated to America and changed his name to Lou Jacobs. He found work as a tumbler entertaining at fairs, outdoor exhibits and vaudeville shows in New York City. Two years later he joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus where he eventually came to became known as the most famous clown in the world.

In 1948 Lou entertained a group of 37 children who were survivors of the Holocaust's Nazi death camps. Lou accomplished the seemingly impossible by bringing smiles and laughter to this special audience, proving again the power of laughter as a healing medicine.

He entered mainstream American life in 1952 he when had a cameo role in the Hollywood film The Greatest Show On Earth, staring Jimmy Stewart. In 1966 Lou's happy face graced a U.S postage stamp.

In 1989 Lou was included in the first group of Clown Hall of Fame inductees.

His clown portrait can be seen decorating the circus tent in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983).