This is the official website for The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales by Larry Harmon with Thomas Scott McKenzie.
The book will be released from the It Books/Igniter Books imprint of HarperCollins on August 17, 2010.
Born in 1925, Larry Harmon moved to Hollywood, California in the late forties. He worked on a number of feature films before starring in the lead role on the television series Commander Comet. In the mid-to-late fifties, he purchased the rights to the Bozo the Capitol Clown that had been featured on albums and recordings and transformed the character into the World’s Most Famous Clown and television personality.
Over the next five decades, Larry Harmon built an entertainment empire that covered television, cartoons, and licensed merchandise. His animation studio churned out cartoons for Bozo, as well as select cartoons for other famous characters such as Popeye, Dick Tracy, Mr. Magoo, and Laurel & Hardy. He also produced the 1974 film It’s Good to Be Alive directed by Michael Landon. The biopic was about the inspiring life story of Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella.
As a result of Harmon’s efforts The Bozo Show was aired all over the globe, in locations as far flung as Brazil and Thailand. Entire generations of children have grown up with their old pal Bozo.
Larry Harmon passed away on July 3, 2008. His company, Larry Harmon Pictures Corp. continues his mission of spreading joy and entertainment around the globe with numerous licensed products of Bozo and Laurel & Hardy.
Thomas Scott McKenzie
Thomas Scott McKenzie was raised on a thoroughbred race horse farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky. He received a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Mississippi. His nonfiction has appeared in Stuff, Tin House, Paste, Premier Guitar, and many others. He runs Slushpile.net, a books-and-publishing blog, and also contributes to CrunchGear.com.
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