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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 »

Known For

The Red Skelton Hour
(1951-2016)
I Dood It
I Dood It Joseph Rivington Renolds
(1943)
Whistling in the Dark
Whistling in the Dark Wally Benton
(1941)
Whistling in Brooklyn
Whistling in Brooklyn Wally 'The Fox' Benton
(1943)

Filmography

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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)
- 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 Special)
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (segment "When Television Comes", uncredited)
 1939 The Broadway Buckaroo (Short) (additional dialogue)
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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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Personal Quote:

I think most of today's comedians are victims of laughter...they get nervous and resort to an insult or a four-letter word for a quick, cheap laugh. That goes on night after night until the whole act is cheapened. But that doesn't last. Usually, a couple of years later they are remembered only as the old what's-his-name who used all the dirty words. See more »

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He was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. See more »

Trademark:

Red hair See more »

Nickname:

America's Clown Prince See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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