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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 »

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 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)
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- 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)
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Other Works:

Wrote the introductions for his collection of famous ghost stories "A Red Skel(e)ton in Your Closet". See more »

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

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Alternate Names:

Richard 'Red' Skelton

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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As a longtime painter, I carry around snapshots of my favorite paintings the way other old geezers my age carry around pictures of their grandkids. Grandchildren are wonderful, but a good painting can help support you in your old age. See more »

Trivia:

On May 10, 1976, his ex-wife Georgia Davis committed suicide by gunshot on the 18th anniversary of their son's Richard Freeman Skelton's death. See more »

Trademark:

Always ended his TV show and specials with, "Good night and may God bless." See more »

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The Marcel Marceau of Television See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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