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Clyde Beatty
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Circus Performer
    (June 10, 1903-July 19, 1965)
    Born in Bainbridge, Ohio
    Lion and tiger trainer
    Co-founder of the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus
    Operated the Clyde Beatty Jungle Zoo in Ft Lauderdale, Florida (1939-45)
    Star of the syndicated radio show 'The Clyde Beatty Show' (1950-52)
    Appeared in the movie serials 'The Lost Jungle' (1934) and 'Darkest Africa' (1936)
    Appeared in the films 'The Big Cage' (1933), 'Jungle Woman' (1944), 'Africa Screams' (1949), 'The Greatest Show on Earth' (1952) and 'Ring of Fear' (1954)
    In most of his films he played himself, and in the remaining ones he still portrayed an animal trainer.
    An unidentified actor impersonated his voice for his radio show.
    Eventually the Cole Brothers removed his name from the circus (2004).
    He worked his way up from a cage cleaner and animal groomer.
    He was almost fatally mauled by a lion named Nero (1933).
    At his peak, he would share a cage with 40 big cats.
    He said, 'When I'm in there, I don't know if there are a hundred or a thousand in the audience. It doesn't matter. I'll give them anything; I'll give them everything.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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