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Category: Clancy and Willie

John Gallos

John Gallos is best known to viewers as Clancy the Cop on the long running Clancy and Willie show on WCCO television.   His career spanned more than 40 years at WCCO and included news, public affairs, and religious programming, in addition to children’s shows. Gallos was born in 1923 and grew up in Minneapolis.   He graduated […]

Clancy the Keystone Cop

In August 1959, John Gallos premiered as a new character: Clancy the Cop. This first version of Clancy is now often referred to as Clancy the Keystone Cop, to distinguish him from the later better-known Clancy. Gallos borrowed some of the vocal mannerisms of Bob Hope’s foil Jerry Colonna for this character (“Aahhh, yes!”). This […]

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