STARmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,059 this week

Red Skelton (1913–1997)


The son of a former circus clown turned grocer and a cleaning woman, Red Skelton was introduced to show business at the age of seven by Ed Wynn, at a vaudeville show in Vincennes. At age 10, he left home to travel with a medicine show through the Midwest, and joined the vaudeville circuit at age 15. At age 18, he married Edna Marie Stilwell, an ... See full bio »

IMDb Picks: May

Of course Captain America: Civil War is on our radar this month. See other movies and TV shows we're excited about in IMDb Picks.

Visit IMDb Picks

Related News

Father of the Bride
| Trailers from Hell
Susan Slept Here
| Trailers from Hell

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 people
created 27 Apr 2011
 
a list of 23 people
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 34 people
created 04 Sep 2013
 
a list of 26 people
created 07 Jan 2015
 
a list of 35 people
created 4 months ago
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb


How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Red Skelton's work have you seen?

User Polls

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Writer (12 credits)
 1983 Red Skelton's More Funny Faces (TV Movie)
 1981 Standing Room Only (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Red Skelton's Christmas Dinner (1981) ... (story)
 1980 Red Skelton's Funny Faces (TV Movie)
  The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) (49 episodes, 1951 - 1968) (writer - 249 episodes, 1951 - 1971) (written by - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1965) (original story - 2 episodes, 1964 - 1965)
- Ironside Spoof (1971) ... (writer)
- The Candidate's Director (1971) ... (writer)
- Sheriff Hater (1971) ... (writer)
- Humperdoo's Magic Tire (1971) ... (writer)
- Appleby's Garage Sale (1971) ... (writer)
 1966 Clown Alley (TV Movie)
 1960 Red Skelton Timex Special (TV Movie)
 1959 The Red Skelton Chevy Special (TV Movie)
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (segment "When Television Comes", uncredited)
 1939 The Broadway Buckaroo (Short) (additional dialogue)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Actor (48 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (17 credits)
Show Show Composer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (69 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (36 credits)

Related Videos

Edit

Personal Details

Other Works:

With his daughter Valentina, he hosted the Sunday, December 13th, 1959 telecast of the film classic, "The Wizard of Oz". This was only the second telecast of the film, and the first of the many annual telecasts of it. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

Richard 'Red' Skelton

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
Edit

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

My mother told me something I've never forgotten: 'Don't take life too seriously, son, you don't come out of it alive anyway. See more »

Trivia:

According to Skelton, in his appearance with Johnny Carson rebroadcast on TCM 7/19/14, his real name was Richard Red Skelton -- Red was really his middle name. When a teacher insisted he come up with a "real" middle name, he chose "Bernard" from the name of a local clothier, and the teacher was satisfied. He was surprised many years latter when FBI director J Edgar Hoover addressed him as "... See more »

Trademark:

Performs and does characters with his brown hat. He performs different characters by changing the way the hat looks and how he wears it See more »

Nickname:

America's Clown Prince See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I Met Red Skelton, Anyone Else? starfish-4
Happy Birthday, Red Lemondrops777
Red Skelton's Wartime Service hootl3
Red Skelton's you will be miss. ghaleon318
Height Hawk57
Looking for 'The Littlest Christmas Tree' gbrady43228
Discuss Red Skelton on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page