Billy Beck

Billy Beck (born Frank Billerbeck; May 26, 1920 June 29, 2011)[1] was an American clown and character actor.

Billy Beck
Frank Billerbeck

(1920-05-26)May 26, 1920
DiedJune 29, 2011(2011-06-29) (aged 91)
Years active1954–2009


Beck began his career as a clown at the legendary Cirque Medrano in Paris, France, in the late 1950s, and appeared in small roles beginning in the 1950s, Beck appeared in the 1954 made for television series Sherlock Holmes, starring Ronald Howard. He portrayed Coco the Clown in episode #24, "The Night Train Mystery", as well as appearing in the third season of Combat! on the episode "The Town That Went Away " (1964) as Rafe and in such films as Irma la Douce (1963), The Patsy (1964), The Fortune Cookie (1966), Nickelodeon (1976), House (1986), and the 1988 remake The Blob as the first victim of the title creature. In 2000, he appeared in an episode of the sitcom The King of Queens.


Beck died in his Glendale home of natural causes on June 29, 2011 at age 91.


Year Title Role Notes
1957Comme un cheveu sur la soupe
1959Two Men in ManhattanLe partenaire de Judith Nelson sur scène
1963Irma la DouceOfficer Dupont
1964The Best ManParty GuestUncredited
1964The PatsyBand MemberUncredited
1964A House Is Not a HomeGoggle-Eyed Man
1964Kiss Me, StupidSerious Waiter at Desert SandsUncredited
1966Fireball 500Jobber
1966The Fortune CookieMaury's Assistant
1967Valley of the DollsMan Sleeping in Movie TheatreUncredited
1974Dirty O'NeilCraddock
1974Airport 1975Funeral Director - PassengerUncredited
1976NickelodeonMovie Fanatic
1977First LoveCafeteria ProprietorUncredited
1978Mean Dog BluesDeadman
1980The Black MarbleMan at Cemetery
1980A Change of SeasonsOlder Man
1980Stir CrazyFlycatching Prisoner
1980First FamilyFrench Delegate
1981Buddy BuddyGentleman
1982Things Are Tough All OverPop, Manager Red Wagon Adult Motel
1984Bachelor PartyPatient
1984The Woman in RedBartender
1984Micki & MaudeFinn
1985Avenging AngelTall Man
1985Moving ViolationsGrandfather
1985When Nature Calls(segment "Raging Bullshit")
1987Near DarkMotel Manager
1987Baby BoomRoofer
1988The BlobCan Man
1989Memories of MeAngry Man
1989Checking OutFather Carmody
1991Guilty as ChargedOld Man
1991Another YouHarry
1991The Dark WindMotel Clerk
1992Brain DonorsJanitor
1993Silent TonguePetrified Man
1994Leprechaun 2Homeless Man
1999Mystery MenOld Man
2005Just like HeavenMr. Clarke
2008Uncross the StarsOld Man


  1. "Billy Beck dies at 91". Variety. Jul 7, 2011.

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