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actor , clown , writer , theater director

David James Carlyon, American writer, actor, clown, theater director.


Carlyon, David James was born on July 24, 1949 in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. Son of Donald and Betty Carlyon.


Bachelor, University Michigan, 1971. Juris Doctor, University California, Berkeley, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1993.


Circus clown Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, National Tours, District of Columbia, 1976—1979. Actor New York City, since 1980. Assistant professor theater University Michigan, Flint, 1993—1996.

Writer Larchmont, New York, since 1996. With New York Council Humanities Speakers Program, since 2010. With United States Army, 1971-1973.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of, 2001 (Washington Irving Book Award, 2001).


Volunteer schools, Mamaroneck, New York, 1996—2009. Baseball coach Little League / Babe Ruth, 1997—2005. Member of American History Association, California Bar Association, Organization American Historians, Association Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, Circus History Society.


Married Barbara Whitman, October 19, 1986. Children: Daniel, Will.

Donald Carlyon

Betty Carlyon

Barbara Whitman

Daniel Carlyon

Will Carlyon