Larry Harmon was the class clown at Cleveland Heights High School....but it was his portrayal of Bozo the Clown that won him his greatest acclaim. Born in Toledo and later relocating to Northeast Ohio, Harmon had no thoughts of entering show business until he me the great Al Jolson. He was eventually introduced to the character that would make him famous. While not the original Bozo (that was Pinto Colvig, who also provided the voice for Walt Disney’s Goofy), Harmon would become the most popular version of the clown buying the rights and licensing the character to television stations around the country who would, in turn, hire actors to be their local Bozos.
He also heped redevelop Bozo’s distinctive look: the orange hair, the big red nose, and the distinctive red, white and blue costume. Harmon would train more than 200 Bozos over the years to represent him in local markets and became wealthy in the process. The character was so popular in Chicago that tickets were sold out ten years in advance and were popular gifts at baby showers. WGN-TV eventually stopped taking reservations and when the station finally resumed the process it took only five hours to get another five years bookings! The show eventually ended in 2001. Harmon died on July 3, 2008.