Death of Michael Polakovs

1923 - December 6, 2009
Ashland, Kentucky

Born to the Circus, He Had Big Shoes to Fill
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By STEPHEN MILLER

A habitual recipient of a pie in the face, Coco the Clown was a circus favorite who helped create another well-known clown, Ronald McDonald.

Michael Polakovs, who died Dec. 6 at age 86, honed his clown act for eight decades, including a lengthy stint at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Clowning was the family business -- the disheveled Coco persona was inherited from...

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