Red Skelton (1913–1997)


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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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(1951-2016)
Du Barry Was a Lady Louis Blore / King Louis XV
(1943)
I Dood It Joseph Rivington Renolds
(1943)
Whistling in Brooklyn Wally 'The Fox' Benton
(1943)

Filmography

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 1983 Red Skelton's More Funny Faces (TV Special)
 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) (82 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 Special)
 1959 The Red Skelton Chevy Special (TV Special)
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (segment "When Television Comes", uncredited)
 1939 The Broadway Buckaroo (Short) (additional dialogue)
Show Show Actor (51 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (19 credits)
Show Show Composer (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (78 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (53 credits)

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Other Works:

Radio episode: Screen Guild Theater, ep. Tight Shoes/broadcast April 12, 1942, which was a Sunday. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 6 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:

Last.fm | Official Site | See more »

Alternate Names:

Richard 'Red' Skelton | Cameo appearance

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

When Harry Cohn, the notorious - and much despised - head of Columbia Pictures died, seeing the crowd at his funeral prompted this famous Skelton riposte: "It just goes to show you, Harry was right -- If you give the public what they want, they'll always show up." 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:

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

Nickname:

The Marcel Marceau of Television See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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