Harry Leon Collins

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Harry Leon Collins

Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky, USA
Death 3 May 1985 (aged 65)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Section 33, Lot 38
Memorial ID 6846883 View Source
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Magician, Entertainer. He was a World War II hero and was wounded in Saipan. While in the army he performed his magic act as part of jazz bandleader Bob Crosby's show for military troops. In 1952 he began doing magic tricks as part of promotional campaigns for Frito Lay, a job that lasted him 45 years. He toured the nation, hawking potato chips and Fritos, doing television commercials, making appearances at supermarkets, conventions, fairs, schools, etc. And, of course, when he performed his feats of prestidigitation, instead of "alakazam!" or "voila!," he said "frito-lay!"

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  • Originally Created by: Jeffrey Scott Holland
  • Added: 11 Oct 2002
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Leon Collins (27 Apr 1920–3 May 1985), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6846883, citing Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .