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Without saying a word, with howls, guitar at the ready, the Catalan Josep Andreu became the most famous clown in the world. Son of circus performers, hhe was born from a fluke, during a tour, in the Garraf, the day of Sant Jordi, and had debuted in his troupe at three years old. Caste came to the clown and, talented, he quickly stood out.

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The clown Charlie Rivel in Barcelona

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But luck stopped smiling on him when the German public endorsed him and he ended up being instrumentalized and turned into an element of Nazi propaganda, which represented a major stoppage in his career.

After hiding for nine years, he made a comeback, and in 1954 he came to Barcelona as a star of Circo Price. In 1970 she triumphed in the cinema under the baton of Fellini, in I clown. Awarded with the Creu de Sant Jordi, would definitively silence in Catalonia on July 23, 1983. He was 86 years old.

The cover of 'La Vanguardia' on July 29, 1983, echoed the death of Charlie Rivel, the most international of our clowns

The cover of ‘La Vanguardia’ on July 29, 1983, echoed the death of Charlie Rivel, the most international of our clowns

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