Legendary circus ringmaster Jimmy James (born Jimmy James Plott) passed away of cardiac arrest on August 31, 2009 in Sun City, Florida.
James began his circus career in the wardrobe department of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1960's.
In 1966, he became a member of the clown alley on Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus. After a successful career as a clown, he transitioned to the role of ringmaster / announcer for the same show where he remained for over 40 years. His distinctive Southern accent and booming baritone voice became synonymous with Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus (later Cole Bros Circus of the Stars) for decades.
Mr. Plott will be buried in Columbus, Georgia.
His long time associate, fellow clown Kenny Dodd, is in charge of arrangements that will include a celebration of Jimmy James' life to be held in the fall when circuses return to winterquarters and his many friends and associates will be able to participate.