Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton was an American comedy entertainer. He was best known for his national radio and television shows between 1937 and 1971, especially as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show. He has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio and television, and also appeared in burlesque, vaudeville, films, nightclubs, and casinos, all while he pursued an entirely separate career as an artist. Skelton began developing his comedic and pantomime skills from the age of 10, when he became part of a traveling medicine show. He then spent time on a showboat, worked the burlesque circuit, and then entered into vaudeville in 1934. The “Doughnut Dunkers” pantomime sketch, which he wrote together with his wife, launched a career for him in vaudeville, radio, and films. His radio career began in 1937 with a guest appearance on The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour, which led to his becoming the host of Avalon Time in 1938.
|Born:||Richard Bernard Skelton, July 18, 1913, Vincennes, Indiana, U.S.|
|Died:||September 17, 1997, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, U.S.|
|IMDb:||Red Skelton’s IMDb|
About Red Skelton
Actor known as a TV clown who portrayed Clem Kadiddlehopper in The Raleigh Cigarette Program. He’s also notable for hosting his self-titled show called The Red Skelton Show. He was a long-time national radio and television star for 34 years.
After the death of his father, he first started work at the age of seven as a newspaper salesman. His first audition was at age 10 for a role in a medicine show.
He was perhaps most popular for his artworks of clowns, which was said to have earned him more money than his acting work.
He married twice before marrying Lothian Toland in 1973. He had two children.
He had Mickey Rooney guest star on his television show.
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