Tyron “Ty” McFarlan

Tyron “Ty” McFarlan credits his 13-year tenure as an officer in the Army National Guard and a strict “military brat” upbringing with preparing him to be a ringmaster in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the emcee of the Greatest Show on Earth.

Ty McFarlan graduated from University of South Carolina with a degree in criminal justice and then followed his heart into a theatrical career that included local theatre, TV, films and finally a stint with a national theater group, ultimately leading to his dream job as he became the 34th ringmaster in Ringling Bros’. 138-year history.

Ty says that besides the thrill of performing live, the things he lists most about circus life are its family atmosphere and rich history. “When you think about it, few things in America have more tradition than the circus, which predates baseball, apple pie and Coca Cola.”

Ty McFarlan has also tried his hand at acting as he can be seen as a recurring actor on Warner Bros.’ long running television series “One Tree Hill” where he plays a character named Charlie. He also has landed an episode of one of America’s favorite shows “Army Wives” on the Lifetime network, where he can be seen playing the character known as Paul Broman.

Although Ty enjoys and plans to continue acting on the silver screen and performing under the big top, he also plans to pursue his passion for pattern-making and clothing design. He hopes that his fresh spin on cutting edge fashion and movable fabrics will appeal to the “on the move” athlete and modern day daredevil the world over.