DIED Though he wasn't the original Bozo the Clown, Larry Harmon was perhaps the best. First portraying Bozo in 1952, Harmon later acquired the rights to the character and trained others to portray him. As his wife Susan recalls, "At one time he had 183 different Bozos all going at the same time in this country!" His dedication to the icon and ability to make people laugh were pervasive. "You would be sitting at dinner, and he would do the Bozo laugh for you," his wife says. "He was a born entertainer." Harmon was 83.

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