Red Skelton Overview:

Legendary actor, Red Skelton, was born Richard Bernard Skelton on Jul 18, 1913 in Vincennes, IN. Skelton died at the age of 84 on Sep 17, 1997 in Rancho Mirage, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Radio. Red Skelton's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #64 on Jun 18, 1942. In addition, Skelton was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame and Radio Hall of Fame and was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 2009. Skelton was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Classic Movie Travels: The Museum of American Comedy

By Annmarie Gatti on Jul 8, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

The Museum of American Comedy is probably one of the most endearing American comics. Maintaining a simple brand of patriotic comedy, stemming from the clowning tradition, Skelton charmed audiences through live performance, radio, and television broadcasts. Skelton stood for ... Read full article


: The Lost Episodes on DVD

By Rick29 on Feb 5, 2014 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

, the clown prince of classic television, dominated U.S. airwaves for 20 years. In fact, when CBS cancelled the The Hour in 1970--after its 19th season--Red's show still ranked in the Top Ten in the Nielsen ratings. CBS's decision was driven by its desire to attract younger, m... Read full article


By Annette Bochenek on Sep 23, 2013 From Hometowns to Hollywood

“I left home because I was hungry.” - is probably one of the most endearing American comics. Maintaining a simple brand of patriotic comedy, stemming from the clowning tradition, Skelton charmed audiences through live performance, radio, and television broadcasts. ... Read full article


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Red Skelton Quotes:

Wally 'The Fox' Benton: Creeper, I've taken a liking to you, and I'm gonna give you an opportunity to make money. I'm willin' to pay you two thousand bucks for just a little information. Now, it's nothin' important - it's just how do we get outta here. Now, you don't have to worry about gettin' in trouble with the gang because with that kinda dough you can live the life of Riley, and you'll have nothin' to worry about unless Riley comes home, of course. Tou can go where the days seem like weeks, and the weeks seem like years.
Creeper: I've been to Philadelphia.
Wally 'The Fox' Benton: Yeah? Then go to California. California. It's the only place where you can get sunburn and pneumonia at the same time.


Professor Hendricks: Are we keeping you awake, Mr. Elliot?
Steve Elliot: Barely.


Carol Lambert: Why, look! There are two buzzards making a nest out of hay.
Wally 'The Fox' Benton: [Paranoid] Oh, no, they're not. They're probably drawing straws to see who gets me!


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Clowns were his lifelong trademark. His clown paintings have sold for upwards of $80,000.

Originally he had hoped to become a circus lion tamer, but gave up on that when he saw a man mauled to death by one of the big cats.

At a cost of $16.8 million, Red Skelton Performing Arts Center was built on the Vincennes University campus. It was officially dedicated on Friday, February 24, 2006. The building includes an 850-seat theater, classrooms, rehearsal rooms and dressing rooms. The grand foyer is a gallery for Red Skelton paintings, statues and film posters. In addition to Vincennes University theatrical and musical productions, the theater hosts special events, convocations and conventions. Work is underway on the Red Skelton Gallery and Education Center to house the $3 million collection of Skelton memorabilia donated by Lothian Skelton. As of June 2009, part of the museum including a gift shop is open.

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