Frank Avruch

About Frank

Born and bred in Boston, Frank Avruch had an ongoing love affair with the city. A favorite of New England television viewers for over 40 years, Frank was "Mr. First Nighter" at movie and theatre openings, new restaurants, and various cultural and community events. He was an intimate of the city's best chefs, restaurateurs, boutique, gallery owners and entertainment impresarios.

In the 1960's, before cable TV came along, Frank Avruch became television's first nationally-syndicated Bozo The Clown. From New York to Los Angeles, Frank could be seen on TV sets with his pals Professor Tweedy Foofer, Mr. Lion, Kookie The Kangaroo, Grandma Nellie, Zany Zebra and Klank The Tin Can Man.

The show's tremendous success resulted in national syndication. Under the auspices of the United Nations Children's Fund, Avruch traveled the globe for UNICEF. His performances as Bozo the Clown at UNICEF projects in Asia and South America resulted in a series of documentary films viewed throughout the world. He maintained his affiliation as a advisory board member of UNICEF's New England Chapter until his death.

As Boston's ABC-TV affiliate WCVB-TV's "Man About Town" and "Goodwill Ambassador" Frank Avruch represented the station at cultural and community events. He has hosted the Boston Symphony Orchestra's "Salute to Symphony," and a number of successfully produced series such as "Sunday Open House," "The Good Morning Show," and "Sunday Live!" But most viewers recognize him as the host of the eighteen-year TV classic film series "The Great Entertainment." As an offshoot, Avruch also introduced the highly popular "Classic Film Series" at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, where he also served as trustee emeritus.

His work with many of the non-profit agencies has been recognized with numerous awards, including a United Nations award for his work with children, two Emmy awards, and "Man of the Year," citing his tireless work for charities of all kinds. After he cut back his schedule at Channel Five, he enjoyed putting "On the Web"  his recommendations of how to best enjoy his favorite city. Frank is survived by his wife Betty, sons Matthew, and Steven, and grandchildren Robert and Max.