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Red Skelton ACTOR

Red Skelton was born on July 18th, 1913 in Vincennes, Indiana with the birth name Richard Bernard Skelton.  His mother was a former circus clown who then found work as a grocer and cleaning lady.  When he attended a vaudeville show at the age of seven he was first introduced to show business from a man, Ed Wynn who was a comedian her performed in vaudeville.
By the age of ten he left home and was already traveling with a medicine show throughout the Midwest.  By the age of fifteen he joined the vaudeville circuit.  Red traveled for a couple years with his first wife, Edna Marie Stilwell who he met when she was working as an usher and later became his partner on the vaudeville circuit and then his chief writer and manager.    

In 1937, he made his Broadway debut as well as his radio debut and this was followed by his film debut in 1938 on the film, "Having Wonderful Time".  Even though he divorced Edna in 1943, they remained friends and she continued working as his manager.  He took a brief break from the entertainment industry to serve in the US Army during World War II from 1944-1945.
In 1951 his ex wife negotiated him a seven year contract with Hollywood.  Red starred in the series, "The Red Skelton Hour" (1951) which aired on NBC and CBS and stayed on the air for two decades until 1971.  
He portrayed a number of characters on this show such as, Clem Kaddiddlehopper, George Appleby and the seagulls Gertrude and Heathcliffe.  He remained working in the entertainment industry throughout his lifetime and also painted pictures of clowns in his spare time which later sold for an annual income of 2.5 million.
In 1960 he also purchased the old Charlie Chaplin Studio in Los Angeles and would produce weekly television shows and also established Red-Eo-Tape Video Productions. 
Even though he managed to have a decent career, his personal life was not as successful.  He married a total of three times.  His second wife was Georgia Davis from 1945 through 1973 and they had two children together, one who was a son who died at the age of nine after suffering from leukemia.  His final wife was Lothian Toland whom he married on October 8th, 1973 and they remained together until September 17th, 1997 when he passed away at the age of eighty four in Rancho Mirage, California.
Red Skelton is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California in the Great Mausoleum Sanctuary of Benediction.  He received a number of honors throughout his career such as being inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1989 as well as inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994.  Red Skelton was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to Television and Radio.  He was also throughout his lifetime a big supporter of children's charities.  


1981 Freddie the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner
1976 Rudolph's Shiny New Year
1951-1971 The Red Skelton Hour 
1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land 
1966 Clown Alley  
1965 Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes 
1962 The Garry Moore Show  
1960 Red Skelton Timex Special
1960 Ocean's Eleven
1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 
1959 The Red Skelton Chevy Special
1958 The Milton Berle Show
1957 Public Pigeon No. One
1956 Playhouse 90 
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days 
1955 Shower of Stars
1955 Climax!
1954 Red Skelton Revue 
1954 Susan Slept Here
1954 The Great Diamond Robbery 
1953 Half a Hero
1953 The Clown 
1952 Lovely to Look at 
1951 Texas Carnival
1951 Excuse My Dust 
1950 Watch the Birdie
1950 The Fuller Brush Girl
1950 Duchess of Idaho
1950 Three Little Words 
1950 The Yellow Cab Man
1949 Neptune's Daughter
1948 A Southern Yankee 
1948 The Fuller Brush Man 
1947 Merton of the Movies
1947 A Crime Does Not Pay Subject: The Luckiest Guy in the World
1946 The Show-Off
1945 Ziegfeld Follies
1944 Bathing Beauty 
1943 Whistling in Brooklyn 
1943 I Dood It
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
1942 Whistling in Dixie
1942 Panama Hattie 
1942 Maisie Gets Her Man 
1942 Ship Ahoy 
1941 Lady Be Good 
1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day 
1941 Whistling in the Dark 
1941 The People vs. Dr. Kildare 
1940 Flight Command
1939 Seeing Red
1939 The Broadway Buckaroo 
1938 Having Wonderful Time 

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