Skelton, (“Red”) Richard Bernard

(1913-1997)
   Born in Vincennes, Indiana, Red Skelton began working as a boy delivering papers and singing. He left school at the age of 14 to work on river showboats and later toured with a circus and appeared in burlesque shows. In 1938, Skelton gave a performance before President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House, and it led to a role in the movie Having a Wonderful Time in 1938. He went on to appear in 24 movies in the 1940s, like Whistling in the Dark (1941), which led to a successful radio series, Scrapbook of Satire, which ran from 1941 to 1944 and introduced such characters as the Mean Widdle Kid and Clem Kadiddlehopper. Drafted into the army in 1944, Skelton frequently performed for the troops, but he was released on a medical discharge in 1945.
   After the war, Skelton resumed his film and radio career. Among his film successes were The Fuller Brush Man (1948), A Southern Yankee (1948), and Neptune’s Daughter (1949). In the 1950s, he achieved great success on television with the Red Skelton Show, which began on NBC in 1951 and moved to CBS in 1953. It ran until 1970 and won Emmy Awards in 1951 and 1961. Skelton was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1986. Judged by some to be the greatest clown in show business, Skelton’s own personal life was marked by tragedy. He was married several times, his eight-year-old son died of leukemia, and a former wife committed suicide.
   See also Cinema.

Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . . 2015.

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  • Skelton, Red — orig. Richard Bernard Skelton born July 18, 1913, Vincennes, Ind., U.S. died Sept. 17, 1997, Rancho Mirage, Calif. U.S. comic actor. He joined a touring medicine show at age 10, performed in minstrel shows, burlesque, and vaudeville, and was a… …   Universalium

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