a rodeo clown, Lecile Harris seems to have been blessed
with all the essential parts. His walk, talk and actions
seem to effuse comedy. He is tall, thin, gangly and
awkward looking, yet athletic even for his age.
Enormously creative and spontaneous, his arena character
and antics combine a blend of magic, slapstick, and stand-up
comedy in a curious way that leaves his audiences wanting
more. Lecile Harris is one of those people that command
attention whether he is entering the arena in costume or
just entering a room. Four times named Pro-Rodeo's "Clown
of the Year", Lecile is well at home in the rodeo
arena. Considered by his peers, rodeo producers, cowboys
and fans alike as the very best in the business, he is in
big demand working over 150 performances a year including
many of the biggest rodeos in the world.
Lecile wasn't always a rodeo funnyman. Like many rodeo
clowns, he got his start at a rodeo when the bullfighter
failed to show and he had entered in the bullriding.
Lecile stepped in to fill the void, but that's where any
similarity to other rodeo clowns seems to start and end.
During these early years, Lecile was a talented and
innovative bullfighter. He developed moves, methods and
the business of studying a fighting bull's habits when
the event/sport was still in its infancy. Some of his
wrecks and antics are now legendary. Today, though the
years have slowed him down, his experiences are put to
good use working with and advising the new generation of
bullfighters. In thirty-five years of fighting bulls,
Lecile has contributed much to taking the event from
thrill show to the skillful art form it is today.
primary job in those days as a bullfighter clown, was to protect
the cowboy and thrill the crowd, his natural tendency for comedy
began developing more and more. Today his catalog of acts, skits
and characters are legendary, some dating back more than forty
years, but still timeless today.
wasn't Lecile's only arena to showcase his talents.
Always looking for new challenges, he has often appeared
in more glorious pursuits. In the 1950's and '60's, he
was a session drummer at the now famous Memphis Sun
Studio and Hi Studio, playing on many hits of the era. He
landed a regular role in the early years of the TV series,
"Hee Haw" remaining there for over five years.
He also had parts in the movies, "Walking Tall,
Final Chapter", "The Last Days of Frank and
Jesse James", "W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings",
the TV series, "Elvis",as well as other movies
and television shows.
Today, Lecile is at the
pinnacle of his career. His comedy mannerisms, acts and
jokes are copied by clowns and showmen everywhere in the
business. Rightfully so, comedy has become his trademark
to such a degree that he was recognized as the best in
the business by being named PRCA CLOWN OF THE YEAR in
1992, 1994, 1995 and 1996. Rodeo has been good to Lecile
Harris. He will tell you much of what he has, he owes to
rodeo and his wife Ethel. But he has given
much back too. Since 1955, his bullfighting and comedic
ability have saved many a cowboy and brought smiles and
laughter to literally millions of people.