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

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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) (78 episodes, 1951 - 1969) (writer - 249 episodes, 1951 - 1971) (written by - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1965) (original story - 2 episodes, 1964 - 1965)
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- The Candidate's Director (1971) ... (writer)
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- Humperdoo's Magic Tire (1971) ... (writer)
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 1966 Clown Alley (TV Movie)
 1960 Red Skelton Timex Special (TV Movie)
 1959 The Red Skelton Chevy Special (TV Movie)
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(27-28 April 1979) Red Skelton received rave reviews for an appearance at Cincinnati's Playhouse Square Palace Theater from April 27-28, 1979. Archived newspapers report that Skelton performed a two-hour program in which he played Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye, seagulls Gertrude and Heathcliffe, and the Guzzler's Gin ... See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 6 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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I always believed God puts each one of us here for a purpose and mine is to try to make people happy. See more »

Trivia:

In 1971, following a successful 30 year run on CBS (often placing among the top ten shows) his ratings finally slipped and The Red Skelton Hour (1951) was quickly canceled by the network. He never forgave them. Television historians have long suspected that he was a victim of the 1971 television purge that took place after the success of All in the Family (1971) wherein CBS rid itself of all "... See more »

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Red hair See more »

Nickname:

America's Clown Prince See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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