"Cousin Cliff" Dies

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

"Cousin Cliff" Holman, a long time Birmingham, TV personality who entertained generations of children across central Alabama, has died at age 79.

Holman died Monday at Shepherd's Cove respite-care facility in Albertville. He was considered by many as Alabama's version of Captain Kangaroo or Bozo the Clown.

Holman rose to fame in the mid 1950s and 1960s with his show called "Cousin Cliff's Clubhouse."

Holman's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mountain Chapel United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills.

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  • by Shelley on Sep 9, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    I begged my mother to take me and my sisters to the annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon at Birmingham's Municipal Auditorium in 1971, because some TV stars were there. Cousin Cliff was there giving autographed pictures in exchange for donations. I gave a dollar in change. I sure wish I still had his picture. It was like meeting a movie star, he was such an icon. He used his talent for good and touched the lives of many children and adults.
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