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Michael “Coco” Polakovs

Born: 1923-02-23 - Died: 2009-12-06
Cause of Death:
Complications from Stroke

Death Summary: Michael "Coco" Polakovs passed away in the intensive care unit of the King's Daughters Medical Center. Due to complications with a stroke. He was 86 years old at the time of death.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Fannin Polakovs of 49 years, and six children.

Who was Michael “Coco” Polakovs : Michael "Coco" Polakovs was a third generation Russian clown who obtained his fame through memorable performances with Bertram Mills and Billy Smart Circuses in England. Polakovs would then join the Ringling Bros. circus, and was a part of the event for eight years.

His most notable clown performance would be in 1966, when he was hired by the McDonalds Corp. to develop the Ronald McDonald character. Polakovs developed nearly every aspect of the character, from the outfit to the makeup. Just last year the Ringling Bros. Clown College presented Polakovs with a lifetime achievement award.
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  1. Michelle Polakovs Says:

    My father spent his entire life living and loving everything about entertaining. He learned early in his life how one person’s gift could make others forget their troubles and laugh. He was a true artist who had mastered his craft. He appeared on many National television programs such as The Today Show, The Mike Douglas Show, Merv Griffin and To Tell the Truth to name a few. He put clown make-up on the likes Ed Sullivan and even appeared with Regis Philbin, in Philbin’s early years of television.

  2. Melody Dalton Hogsten Says:

    My grandfather was a true legend. He touched the lives of so many people throughout his life. Entertaining was his life and he enjoyed what he did. Aside from being CoCo The Clown, he was a wonderful grandfather and kept those around him smiling and laughing with stories of his life experieces. He is so loved and will be greatly missed.

  3. Miguel Angel Juan Says:

    This is a sad news that has been felt here in Belarus. I never had the pleasure to meet COCO, but he trained and worked side by side to my mentors Leon “Buttons” McBryde and Jim Howle. What a sad day it is for all who work and love the art form of clowning. On behalf of The Belorussian State National Circus in Minsk Belarus, our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the entire family, friends and all who had the pleasure to meet, learn and call him a friend.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Miguel Angel Juan & The Belorussian State National Circus

  4. Brian Woodland Says:

    Sorry! You will be missed.

  5. Mildred Grace Says:

    May Michelle entertain in heaven.

  6. Alanee Fannin Says:

    Mike was a great uncle. He will be missed. he was aways telling funyy stories and always having a great time. He is in a better place now .

  7. Vilma Sorrentini Says:

    Coco the Clown delighted us here on earth and now he is delighting those in heaven. May he rest in peace and my deepest condolences to his family.

  8. kira Says:

    do u c now clown hahaha i hate u

  9. kiki glasco Says:


  10. Leesa Litteral Says:

    So sorry to hear about Coco’s passing. He made many people so happy. Now that he is in Heaven, hope he will have eternal happiness himself, be on the receiving end.

  11. Rosetta Marie Vasteno Says:

    he was a one world wonder,the only world wonder.

  12. This Girl Says:

    aww. i love Ronald McDonald.
    sukks hes gone. now he will entertain in heaven!

  13. marie Says:

    I didnt know him personally but i bet he was a funny out going person.we have lost an icon an he will be missed.r.i.p!!

  14. valeria Says:

    awwww…omg r.i.p i did not noe diz

  15. caroline quigley Says:

    what a wonderful person and still making kids happy today in 2010.

  16. bob mikes Says:

    i’m am so sorry you died, but i love mcdonalds

  17. jayjay11 Says:

    we will miss ronald mcdonald

  18. KadieKetamine Says:


  19. lopy Says:

    f*** you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Brianna Says:

    R.I.P you will be remembered

  21. jamie rae Says:

    R.I.P will be dearly missed , entertainment awsome and i loved ronald mcdonald stuff i feel for his family and hope all is well:]

  22. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    Sorry to hear about Michael “Coco” Polakovs’s death, I didn’t know he was the first Ronald Mcdonald. My kids love the funny clown, and so did I. He will be missed alot. Love you funny clown. R.I.P. MAN! MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS FOREVER.

  23. alexis Says:

    i love micheal “coco” polakovs. he is an inspiration to many

  24. marini bestarie Says:

    RIP, Michael”Ronald McDonald”…

  25. joe dick allen Says:

    u r a fagot on crack suck it u hore

  26. aaron d Says:

    it was just beer mate

  27. katie Says:


  28. alex coronado Says:

    okay, so im gay and i really love ronald. and i really miss him.

  29. Dr. stan. M.E. Says:

    my kids loved you R.I.P

  30. c man Says:

    i will miss you forever and ever

  31. c man Says:

    you are the coolest ever too

  32. c man Says:

    you were not just a clown you where my friend

  33. mark thilmony Says:

    MMMMMmmm yummy i love some cockdonalds i love cock in the my small asshole

  34. ajrtz∂©˜ Says:

    suck it

  35. Bingo Says:

    Fuck Michelle

  36. Manny C. Says:

    You will be missed. R.I.P.
    It’s sad how some people leave sicko messages.

  37. Pennie Starr Says:

    I have just started doing some research on some old clown and circus photos that for some reason have been in our family a while.ringling brothers is one of the circus names on some of the photos but the one that brought me to your site .
    I typed in coco michael that is the name on a pic that I have of a semi young clown where can I see pics of this person im speaking of. ?

  38. Aaliyah Davis Says:

    I always loved this person.I always wanted to be on tv with him when i was little

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