Red Skelton

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Red Skelton’s Biography

Skelton began working for a circus when he was not yet ten years old: he was employed as a clown by Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, the same in which his father Joe worked, who died shortly before his son was born.

In Vincennes, the town where he was born, not yet an adolescent, he worked as a newsboy in front of the Pantheon Theater. It was here that the actor Ed Wynn noticed him, made him go backstage and introduced him to the members of the company, inserting him into the theater. At the age of fifteen he was ready to make his debut as a full-hearted entertainer, in a repertoire ranging from medicine shows to vaudeville to burlesque, to the showboat genre and to the minstrel show.

In 1930, when he was in Kansas City (Missouri) he met his first wife, Edna Stillwell, from whom he divorced thirteen years later but with whom he remained in professional relationships (she was the author of many of his texts).


Skelton’s career has essentially developed between radio, television and cinema.

In addition to the countless radio broadcasts, much of the success he enjoyed was derived from his television show The Red Skelton Show, the result most followed by the American public after the Ed Sullivan Show (scheduled between 1948 and 1971 ) and the Gunsmoke series (twenty seasons, from 1955 to 1975). Some of the show’s personalities included the guest, including actress Amanda Blake, singer-dancer Abbe Lane and actor Jackie Coogan.

In 1938 Skelton made his big screen debut in Vacanze d’amore, a production of RKO Radio Pictures, where he played a secondary role. His subsequent interpretations were two short subjects for the Vitaphone, Seeing Red and The Bashful Buckaroo, both of 1939.

In 1940 he signed a contract for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with a clause allowing him to work simultaneously for television and radio. The powerful boss of the film company, Louis B. Mayer, consented to keep the clause until the broadcast of the television did not pose a threat to the cinema.

Among the films played by Skelton, we remember Ritorna if you love me (1940) with Robert Taylor and Ruth Hussey, Rotta sui Caraibi (1942) and Il Signore in marsina (1943), both with Eleanor Powell, Beauties in the bathroom (1944), The daughter of Neptune (1949), The Duchess of Idaho (1950) and The siren of the circus (1951), all four alongside Esther Williams, and Ziegfeld Follies (1945), film adaptation of the theatrical magazine of the same name. To remember the intense interpretation in the film The Clown (1953), in which Skelton gave evidence of remarkable dramatic qualities.

In 1945 the actor had remarried with Georgia Davis, from whom he had two sons (Richard, died of leukemia in 1958, at the age of ten, and Valentina) and from which he then divorced in 1971 (the woman died then by suicide in 1976, the day of the eighteenth anniversary of the death of Richard). The tragic and premature death of his son led Skelton to slow down the activity of actor in the following decades, and to withdraw gradually to devote himself to painting, favoring paintings with images of clowns.

Last years

Skelton’s name was recorded in the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1989. In fact, as an actor, he made clowning the winning weapon for the interpretation of exhilarating pantomimes. With a simple and crumpled Fedora hat, he knew how to create a comedy that would make the US audience smile, especially in the rural area.

In his autobiography Groucho and myself, Groucho Marx, asserting that comedy is more complex than serious, he indicated in Skelton one of the heirs of the art of Charles Chaplin.

Married in a third wedding since 1973 with Lothian Toland (daughter of the filmmaker Gregg Toland), Skelton died in Palm Springs in 1997 after suffering from pneumonia, and was buried at Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park, to the parents, to the beloved son Richard, and to the second wife Georgia Davis.

Red Skelton Short biodata & net worth

Height 6′ 2" (188 cm)
Eyes Hazel
Hair Red
Body Shape Average
Whole Name Richard Bernard Skelton
AKA(s) America’s Clown Prince,The Sentimental Clown
Place of Birth Vincennes, Indiana
Birthday July 18, 1913
date of death September 17, 1997
location of death Rancho Mirage, California
cause of death Pneumonia
Star Sign Cancer
Ethnic Info White
Citizenship American
Was gay? No
Ocupation(s) Actor

Red Skelton Net Worth

$5 Million

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