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Larry Harmon, the alter ego behind Bozo the Clown for more than 50 years, died on Thursday of congestive heart failure at age 83, his spokesman said.
Harmon, a native of Ohio, died at his home in Los Angeles, his spokesman, Jerry Digney said.
Harmon was not the original Bozo, but he portrayed the flame-haired clown in numerous appearances over the years.
More importantly, he purchased the copyright and trademark to the clown in the 1950s, and as a result was responsible for keeping Bozo working in the entertainment industry for more than half a century.
Since the 1950s, the live "BOZO Show" has aired in 183 U.S. television markets, and 156 BOZO cartoons have played in almost every country around the world. In Chicago, the first "BOZO Show" began airing in 1961 and stayed on the air until 2001.