Answer Man: Six Flags, One Mystery

By John Kelly
Monday, July 25, 2005

W ho is that actor made up like a little old man in the Six Flags commercials? How much is real and how much is makeup?

John Bowman, Arlington

Okay, you want to hear the freaky part? As I was leaving the office a couple of weeks ago, whom should I see in the lobby of The Post but Mr. Six.

At least it looked like Mr. Six, which is the name of Six Flags' chrome-domed, nattily dressed geriatric dancer: tuxedo, red bow tie, black-and-white wingtips.

"You have got to be kidding," I said to myself. I had just been talking to the Six Flags people, who are annoyingly coy about their Mr. Six, insisting that he's a real octogenarian rather than an actor (or actress; more on this later) under a whole lot of latex.

"Are you here to see me?" I asked the man. I figured Six Flags had sent him over as some kind of stunt.

It turned out that he wasn't and they hadn't. He was a motivational speaker who was hoping to be represented by The Post's speakers bureau. He asked for anonymity because he's afraid the theme park company will crack down on him as an unauthorized Mr. Six impersonator.

He told me that when the character first showed up on TV last year, his life was hell. Everyone thought he was Mr. Six. Finally he decided to just go with it. And now he dresses as Mr. Six and carries a boombox loaded with "We Like to Party" by the Vengaboys, the song from the commercials.

The thing is, he was getting an incredible response. People in the Post lobby couldn't help but stare. It's a testament to the popularity of the commercials, which were created by Doner Advertising and lauded by Ad Age magazine.

The theme park is intent on keeping the aura of its character intact. This is how my conversation went with Debbie Nauser , the Six Flags vice president of public relations:

Who is Mr. Six? "He's our ambassador of fun."

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