Tommy Hanneford

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Tommy Hanneford
Profession circus director
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Born ? in United Kingdom
Dead 2005 in United States
Country United States

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Location at Unknown in Unknown

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Thomas Hanneford , circus director in United States

Born ? in United Kingdom dead 2005 in United States , son of director George Hanneford Sr. .

Hanneford began performing as a clown in 1933 when he was five years old. He was called "The Funniest Man on Horseback" for his comic equestrian performances. He performed from the 1930s through the 1960s, except for a period beginning in 1946 when he served in the United States Army. Besides his circus performances he appeared on television, in films, and at most major Shrine circuses throughout the United States.[6] The family was considered reunited in 1965 at Pleasure Island Park in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Tommy organized the performance that featured his sister Kay with a dog act, his wife Struppi on a high wire, and was called the Hanneford Family Circus. Tommy later incorporated the act in Macon, Georgia and it became the first time the family had owned their own circus since his father George Sr.


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  1. George Hanneford

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Koehl, Dan, (2021). director George Hanneford in Unknown. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 14 August 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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