LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — The man who lit up the lives of countless Arkansas children in the 1970s and 80s as Bozo the Clown has died, confirms Oaklawn Park.

Gary Weir entertained kids in the KATV studio while clad in his trademark red nose and red hair for 25 years. Bozo's Big Top combined interviews, interaction and games with children in the audience.

On the show, Weir coined the phrase, "Rootie kazootie, Wowie kazowie. Old Bozo is your best pal."

The Bozo show was the most successful children's program in Little Rock television history, with an audience waiting list of more than four years.

Born in Russellville, he first made his name as a DJ in North Little Rock before entering television as an announcer at KATV.

He most recently worked as a horse racing handicapper in Hot Springs.

Weir died at the age of 75.