Because it was a local event, my daughter and I used to take part in the annual Clown Convention at Bognor Regis. One year, between 1990? and 1995? he joined us in the procession and we were talking with him as we walked. And, actually, he came across, in the flesh, as quite a pleasant chap ......... as opposed the the somewhat obnoxious screen image.
Another little known fact is,that over the last 20 odd years this man gave his time freely,and raised millions for childrens charities,sadly this fact will only start to be acknowledged after his death.