Jack Rube Clifford

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Almira, New York, USA
Jack Clifford (born John Clifford Cooley in 1888) had what one might call a "challenged childhood." He was in two orphanages, and seven foster homes from New York to Texas. Despite the early obstacles he became an American "headliner" (Orpheum Circuit) vaudeville performer, who was evidently pretty good. Part of his act was as a "rube," hard of hearing country bumpkin who created punch lines from misunderstood words, acted in skits, and sang. Rube became his nick name and in some cases his credited name. Shortly after his act included his then wife Miriam Wills. Read more...