The Last Clarabell Dies

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He was mostly mute, using bicycle horns and bottles of seltzer to give his answers.

The last man to play the silent Clarabell the Clown on "The Howdy Doody Show" has died. His son says Lew Anderson passed away in New York Sunday at 84 of complications of prostate cancer.

Anderson played "Buffalo Bob" Smith's sidekick, breaking his long silence to end the show's last episode in 1960 -- tearfully saying "Goodbye, kids."

Smith called Anderson the best of all the actors who played Clarabell.

Anderson was also a successful musician and bandleader, appearing Friday nights during recent years at a New York jazz club.