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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(1951-1971)
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) (109 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)
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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 »

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:

I'm nuts and I know it. But so long as I make 'em laugh, they ain't going to lock me up. See more »

Trivia:

Often said that of all the characters he'd played, Freddie the Freeloader was by far his favorite. When asked why, he said that Freddie was the purest soul of his characters and that he was a tribute to the clowns that he knew and treasured. 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:

The Marcel Marceau of Television See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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