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When did TV’s the Cisco Kid come to Wilmington with the circus?

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Duncan Renaldo as the Cisco Kid.

Duncan Renaldo as the Cisco Kid.

Q. In the early 1950s I remember going to a circus in Wilmington and barely remember that The Cisco Kid (of the TV series) was there. I looked online and he had done some promo tours. Any way to get a year for this?

A. Many actors played the part of the Cisco Kid, but it was Duncan Renaldo who became most identified with the role because of the TV series. According ti IMDb, he played the part from 1950 to 1956.

Many cowboy TV and movie actors also had regular gigs at circuses and the rodeos.

According to the Circus Historical Society, Renaldo started doing stints with the Cole Brothers Circus in Chicago, 1953. He also worked with the Clyde

Beatty Show in 1956, and the James Brothers Circus in the late 1950’s.

He was extremely popular with the audiences. At the shows he sat on a beautiful paint horse and shook hands with everyone who came by.

Clyde Beatty and the Cole brothers made stops in Wilmington, but the Cisco Kid is not listed as being on the talent rosters here.

Many times the circus would dress one of their regular performers to appear as a celebrity in the opening and closing marches, so there is that possibility.

We were unable to find any concrete evidence that he was here, so if any one has proof please share it with us in the Comments section below.


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