At 95, oldest clown keeps the smiles coming

Published April 5, 2012 8:09AM (EDT)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Almost eight decades after he first donned a clown costume, Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore still ignites surprised giggles from the children that see him perform.

At 95 years old, the one-time Montana rancher recently dubbed the oldest performing clown in the world has fewer magic tricks up his sleeves than he once did.

But when the Shrine Circus comes through Billings, Creekmore dons his orange wig, striped jacket and red nose — and Creeky returns to life.

Others have laid claim to the title of world's oldest clown. Andy "Bumbo" Beyer of California was widely publicized as the oldest until his retirement three years ago at the age of 91.

Turns out that Creekmore had a 20-month advantage all along. He now carries the imprimatur of Guinness World Records.

By Salon Staff

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