Circus Main Entrance Circuses Circus Performers Circus Sideshows Circus Sideshow performers Life with the circus Circus owners and managers Circus Movies Circus candy butchers


Circus Owner Hoxie Tucker
Photo Credit: Phil Moyer
Click to enlarge

Hoxie Tucker

Aug. 7, 1910 - Sept. 17 1999


Hoxie and Betty Tucker
Hoxie and Betty Tucker
Hoxie Tucker in Valdosta, Ga
Click to enlarge
Hoxie Tucker on Lewis Bros Circus
Click to enlarge
Hoxie Tucker Sewing Canvas
John Lewis and Circus Owner Hoxie Tucker
Click to enlarge
John Lewis with Hoxie Tucker


Circus Trivia, Did You Know?  

Did You Know? Was Father-in-law to Florida billionarie David Siegel of "Largest House in America" fame.

Was friends with Elvis Presley and Col. Tom Parker.

Hoxie Tucker, was one of the most colorful characters in American circus history.

Leonard Basil Tucker was born Aug. 10, 1910, in Somerset, Ky. to Mae and William B Tucker who was a grocery store owner. In Tucker's early years he was a fan of western movie star "Jack Hoxie", which is where the nickname of "Hoxie" came from.

Hoxie began his show business career working for repertory "Rep Shows" and variety shows which toured the country performing under canvas. At age fifteen Hoxie left home and joined the "Redpath Chautauqua Company" where he worked as a prop hand. After twelve years with Redpath, Hoxie went to work for "Heffner Vernon Stock Company" where he serve as "boss canvasman". While working with the Heffner Vernon, Hoxie met his wife Betty, who was a member of the "Noble Sisters" dance team. Betty had grown-up in show business, her family performed in vaudeville and musical shows.

Tucker launched his first Hoxie Bros. Circus in 1943 and after only one season Hoxie returned to tented musical shows. In 1961, Hoxie again revived the Hoxie Bros Circus which had a run of over twenty years..

With the success of the circus, Hoxie opened a second unit "Hoxie's Great American Circus". Tucker later sold the Great American Circus to his good friend, Allan C. Hill who had worked for Hoxie as a teenager.

Although Hoxie could be cantankerous and times he was loved by those who knew him. This was very evident in August of 1990, when nearly 200 of his friends and former employees from all parts of the country, showed up to celebrate his 80th birthday. The celebration lasted for two days and was held at various venues in the city of Orlando, the event was hosted by Hoxie's daughter Irene.

Leonard Basil "Hoxie" Tucker passed away on September 17, 1999 at age 89.


Available in Our Book Store
Mud Show: Fred PowledgeClick to enlarge
Mud Show: A Circus SeasonMud Show


Hoxie Tucker and Stu and Sara Miller
Click to enlarge
Hoxie with Stu and Sara Miller
Hoxie and Betty Tucker 1973
Click to enlarge
Hoxie and Betty Tucker
Hoxie Tucker with Edna Antes and Mary JO Couls
Click to enlarge
Hoxie with
Edna Antes and Mary Jo Couls
At Hoxie's 80 birthday celebration


Back to our list of circus owners!
Return to the Show Owners Page!


  Copyright © 2013 Circuses and Sideshows Dot Com