Farewell to Bozo The Clown’s portrayer Frank Avruch (May 21, 1928 – March 20, 2018). The Boston-based television personality entertained and Socially Sparked® millions of children of the 1960s as television’s Beloved Bozo The Clown (1959-1970). Avruch died at the age of 89 after a long battle with heart disease. He is survived by his wife Betty, their two sons Matthew and Steven, and their children.

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The Boston native was a 40-year contributor to WCVB-TV as the host of “Man About Town” and “The Great Entertainment”. A Boston University graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in communications, he was also known as a philanthropist involved in many charities as well as the New England Chapter of UNICEF. As an Ambassador for UNICEF, he performed around the world as Bozo, and received a United Nations Award for his work with children.


In a statement to WCVB-TV (5), Avruch’s family said, “Our dad loved the children of all ages who remembered being on his show and was always grateful for their kind words. We will miss him greatly.”

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While Avruch played many memorable roles throughout his career, he will always be best known as the beloved Bozo The Clown. Thanks for the memories Frank Avruch. RIP. – We will be 4E Socially Sparked! Tweet @sosparkednews

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