Art Cervi, Longtime Bozo the Clown Performer, Dead at 86
Detroit TV icon Art Cervi passed away on Monday at the age of 86, according to a report by The Detroit Free Press. Cervi was beloved for his music show in the 1960s and 1970s, then for hosting a children’s show as “Bozo the Clown” in the years that followed. He reportedly died at his home in Novi, Michigan.
Cervi was the talent coordinator for Swingin’ Time, a dance show that aired in the Detroit area on Channel 9 in decades past. He was also one of several performers to wear the bulbous red nose and make-up of Bozo the Clown. The character appeared on local children’s shows from 1959 to 1980, and Cervi reportedly wore the nose for the longest from 1967 to 1975. He then carried the character with him to another local channel for five more years.
“He seemed like he was having a good…