Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOXING GAG: Chesty Mortimer & Billy Denaro (1930)

This photo turns up every now and again but I've finally identified the whiteface as Billy Denaro, born Wilhelm Bohm (or Vohm) in Prague in 1895. He spent 16 years in the Ringling clown alley starting in 1924.

He passed away in an automobile accident near Monroe, NY while serving in the Merchant Marine following World War II in the summer of 1946.