James Leo Duffy (1882 - 1940)

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Nicknames: "Bert Leo"
Birthplace: New Castle, Lawrence, PA, USA
Death: Died in Youngstown, Mahoning, OH, USA
Occupation: Circus Clown and Silent Movie Bit Actor.
Managed by: Jil Loewit
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About James Leo Duffy

James started in the circus business through his friendship with the famous Diamond brothers (Musicians and performers on vaudeville). He became an acrobat on vaudeville for a brief time before joining P.T. Barnum's circus. James was a trick rider, who also doubled as a clown. In 1918, James was thrown by his horse while performing in a California town. The accident caused him to end his riding days. James started to play bit parts in Silent movies. He was in the "Little Clown" (1921) with the actress, Mary Miles Minter. He was also in other circuses where he performed as a clown. In the later 1920s, he came to Youngstown, Ohio to live with his sister, Margaret Duffy Johnson. In 1940, James was driving a horse-drawn advertising wagon when he met his death. His horse "Buddy" got spooked and started to run down a Youngstown street. James fell out of the wagon when it hit a curb. He suffered a fractured skull, hip injuries, and lacrations. He later died of pneumonia in the South Side unit of the Youngstown Hospital.

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New Castle, Lawrence, PA, USA
Age 58
Youngstown, Mahoning, OH, USA