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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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Whistling in the Dark Wally Benton
Du Barry Was a Lady Louis Blore / King Louis XV
Whistling in Brooklyn Wally 'The Fox' Benton


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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) (156 episodes, 1951 - 1969) (writer - 247 episodes, 1951 - 1971) (original story - 4 episodes, 1964 - 1968) (written by - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1965) (special material - 1 episode, 1969) (orignal story - 1 episode, 1967)
- 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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Show Show Self (80 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

In later years, established a daily routine that included writing short stories that Skelton self-published. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

Richard 'Red' Skelton | Cameo appearance


6' 2" (1.88 m)


Lothian Toland  (his death) | See more »


Joseph E. Skelton | Ida Mae Skelton


Sabrina Alonso (grandchild) | See more »

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I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always See more »


Served in the United States Army during World War II (1944-1945). His date of induction to the U.S. Army was Wednesday 7 June 1944. (Associated Press, "Red Skelton Inducted", The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Friday 9 June 1944, Volume 50, page 9.). The pressures of entertaining troops, and fulfilling his duties as a soldier, resulted in Skelton's hospitalization for a ... See more »


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


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