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:

Ginny: Can't you see I love you and want you for the father of my children?
Louis Blore: I didn't know you had any!


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!


Carol Lambert: [In the dark cellar] I wonder what a ghost would say if he walked in here and saw us?
Wally 'The Fox' Benton: He'd probably say, "Hello, girls" because I wouldn't be here.


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In 1971, following a successful 30 year run on CBS (often placing among the top ten shows) his ratings finally slipped and "The Red Skelton Hour" (1951) was quickly canceled by the network. He never forgave them. Television historians have long suspected that he was a victim of the 1971 television purge that took place after the success of "All in the Family" (1968) wherein CBS rid itself of all "nice shows" and "rural shows" in favor of shows with edgier subject matter.

The pressures of entertaining troops, fulfilling his duties as a soldier, and heavy alcohol use resulted in Skelton's hospitalization for a nervous breakdown in 1945.

Inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1989.

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