09 January 2010

Gumby creator and Los Osos resident Art Clokey dies

Gumby creator and Los Osos resident Art Clokey dies

Art Clokey, whose iconic Gumby entertained generations of children, died at his home in Los Osos on Friday morning at the age of 89, according to caretaker Chrisanne Wollett.
Gumby — the slender, green clay character partly modeled after Clokey’s father — was a fixture on television through the decades, starting with an appearance on “The Howdy Doody Show” in 1956.
Through the years, the stop-motion film star made several comebacks, including a new series in the 1980s, after a “Saturday Night Live” television skit with actor Eddie Murphy made the character popular again.

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