7:40am PT by Ryan Parker
Jon Favreau Pays Tribute to Late Bozo the Clown Actor With Classic 'Seinfeld' Moment
Jon Favreau on Thursday morning paid tribute to Frank Avruch, the actor best known for playing Bozo the Clown, with a classic Seinfeld moment.
Avruch died Wednesday at the age of 89.
Favreau played Eric the Clown on the season five episode, "The Fire," which aired in May 1994.
Basically, Eric is appearing at a kid's birthday party that George Costanza is attending. And while Eric is trying to entertain people, George gives him grief for not being aware of Bozo the Clown and for having a lame clown name.
Later at the party, a small fire breaks out in the kitchen and George throws everyone — including women, children and Eric — aside so he can get out of the home first.
Avruch played Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1970. The character became popular in the U.S. in the 1960s because of widespread franchising in television. Avruch became the first nationally syndicated Bozo the Clown.
Avruch also was a contributor to WCVB-TV in Boston for more than 40 years as a host of Man About Town and The Great Entertainment.