Franz Althoff Sr.

From the list of elephant persons Family: Althoff

Franz Althoff Sr.
Franz  Althoff
Franz Althoff with sisters Jeanette and Olly
Personal details
Country Germany

Title owner 1939-1987
Location at Circus Franz Althoff in Germany

Relevant literature
Biography details

Franz Althoff Sr., circus director in Germany

Born 1908 in Germany dead 1987 in Germany , son of director Dominik Althoff and animal trainer Adele Althoff .

Franz Althoff ran the famous "Rennbahn-Circus" ("racetrack circus") Circus Franz Althoff.

Franz and his son Harry Althoff (* 1938) were present at the famous accident when the elephant Tuffi fell in the river in Wupperthal in 1950.

His circus and its special construction were immortalized in the 1964 US film Circus World with John Wayne , Claudia Cardinale and Rita Hayworth .


Total: 2 children

  1. Harry Althoff. Born: 1938.
  2. Franziska Althoff. Born: 1948.


Siblings through the father Dominik Althoff (1883-04-08 -- 1974-09-26):

  1. Carolina Althoff Born 1903-12-01 Dead: † 1987-11-11
  2. Adolf Althoff Born 1913-06-25 Dead: † 1998-10-14
  3. Helene Althoff Born 1907 Dead: † 1997
  4. Jeanette Althoff Born 1913-11-29
  5. Henriette Althoff Born 1910-08-15 Dead: † 2004

Franz Althoff Sr. s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Franz Althoff Sr.
Born: 1908

Dominik Althoff

Born: 1883-04-08

Paternal Grandfather:
Adolf Althoff

Born: 1852-08-11
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Wilhem Althoff
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna Holzmüller
Paternal Grandmother:
Sabrine Sonnier

Born: 1860-07-08
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Paternal Great-grandmother:

Adele Mark

Born: 1883-04-15

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director Franz Althoff Sr. in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories director | circus | Circus Franz Althoff | Althoff family | Born 1908 | Dead 1987 | People from Germany

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