Henry Holden as "The Clown"
Some of you may not recognize this guy, but put a red nose and a polka dot costume on him and he's "Henry the Clown" from the Season 3 (1986) Kids Incorporated episode titled "Stacy and the Clown".
Here at the site, we are always looking for
new sections to be added and keeping the spirit of Kids Inc. alive. I've
received a lot of e-mail's regarding a specific episode from 1986 called
'Stacy and the Clown'. This was one of several important episodes in the
Kids Inc. library because of its ability to portray a disabled person (the
Clown) in a positive way and was one of the first shows to do just that.
(There is a part of how I can relate to this issue. Scroll all the way down
if you want to just read Henry's bit.)
Stacy and the Clown triggered a series of influential episodes that
portrayed handicaps in a positive way, as well as taking on topics such as
death, child abuse, and substance abuse.
As the founder of Performers with Disabilities for the Screen Actors Guild, he was bestowed with the honor of receiving the Joseph P. Riley Award for his unwavering commitment to work toward the inclusion of persons with disabilities in media. He is also the very first recipient of the American Scene Award for his work in a music video. Henry produced an award winning documentary called "Look Whose Laughing", a comedy showcase which featured comedians with disabilities, including his own show "God Walks On Crutches".
Henry has walked up countless flights of stairs on his colorful crutches at Universities, Colleges, and State Legislative Buildings to deliver the same powerful message. To summarize his greatest accomplishment is difficult, because Henry feels he has so far to go. From an outsider looking in however, his greatest accomplishment is that he has the ABILITY to greatly inspire those of us without disabilities in all facets of life. Imagine what he does for the spirit of those with disabilities.
You can read more about Henry Holden on his official website at http://www.henryholden.com