Jack the Clown has been haunting the attendees of Halloween Horror Nights since HHN10. The firm fan and guest favorite has largely been played by the same actor.
Since the very beginning he has been consistently played by James Keaton. Keaton has not just played Jack but a host of other Universal characters too, from mainstays such as The Grinch to random outings such as The Incredible Hulk.
And whereas Chris Ripley calls James the “Lon Chaney of our generation” he hasn’t always spent his time under the Jack greasepaint, as very occasionally, other actors have portrayed the maniacal clown, and some may surprise you! These are:
1. Singapore Jack
In 2014 Jack appeared at HHN Singapore with his own house, Jack’s 3-Dementia, plus a new show Jack’s Nightmare Circus.
2. WWE’s Mike Rome
Mike was formerly a team member of Universal Orlando and during his time he donned the grease paint to become Jack on a number times, including during HHN25!
3. Mike Aiello
Mike Aiello aka the God of HHN recently revealed to his Twitter followers that he too used to portray everyone’s favorite clown when he was a scareactor back in the early 00s. Upon releasing this info, many people also tweeted photos saying “is this you Mike?” And many were!
Me as Jack the Clown. 2000 @HorrorNightsORL Yeah I was a Jack. I was the guy they brought in when @Mrfurious32821 was busy being the real Jack. 😉 pic.twitter.com/zxQS2raEZw
— Michael Aiello (@Michael_Aiello) December 3, 2018
And here’s another rare one of Mike…
So did we meet when I was 10? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/zuIA01Hq3J
— Benjamin Wright (@alwaysbenwright) December 3, 2018
4. The fans!
The only group of people to portray the character more frequently than Keaton are the fans! Albeit unofficially, but featuring in conventions at home in Florida and even as far away as NYC’s Comic Con, fans have been portraying the character for the a number of years!
So there you have it! But let us know in the comments what your fav Jack was and which year? And also, do you recognize any of the above fans? We’d love to know!
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