ⓘ Dick "Rocko" Lewis

                                     

ⓘ Dick "Rocko" Lewis

Richard "Dick" Henry Lewis III, better known by his stage name "Rocko," was a circus performer and entertainer who performed as a clown in more than twenty circuses between 1938 and his accidental death during a performance in 1966.

Lewis was born in Butte, Montana. Approximately in 1938, Lewis worked odd jobs for the company G. Barnes circus, when he met Felix Adler, who urged Lewis to become a clown. Lewis began to work with famous artists such as Adler, Emmett Kelly and Otto Griebling. Lewis has performed with the circus Ringling brothers, Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. game circus Russell Bros circus, ward brothers circus, Gil gray circus, Polack circus, Shrine circus and others, and served as the resident clown at the circus world Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin in 1965 and 1966.

The signing of the act of Lewiss was "rock and roll" dangerous balancing act where Lewis needs to rock back and forth on a three folded card tables before tumbling in a somersault. Lewis died after falling out folded tables and hits his head during a circus performance a Church in San Antonio, Texas, in 1966.

Lewis made uncredited appearances as a clown in various films and television productions, including "the Greatest show on Earth", 1952, "here girl" 1953, "ring of fear" 1954, and "the clown who cried," the 1954 film of the television series "adventures of Superman", in which Lewis played a rock-n-roll as a backup.