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Red Skelton (Richard Red Skelton)

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Biography

Vincennes, Indiana, USA
The son of a former circus clown turned grocer and a cleaning woman, Red Skelton was introduced to show business at the age of seven by Ed Wynn, at a vaudeville show in Vincennes. At age 10, he left home to travel with a medicine show through the Midwest, and joined the vaudeville circuit at age 15. At age 18, he married Edna Marie Stilwell, an usher who became his vaudeville partner and later his chief writer and manager. He debuted on Broadway and radio in 1937 and on film in 1938. Read more...

Actor

Character: Lieut. 'Mugger' Martin

Flight Command 1940

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Character: Joe 'Red' Willet

Lady Be Good 1941

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Character: Merton K. Kibble

Ship Ahoy 1942

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Character: Louis Blore / King Louis XV

Du Barry Was a Lady 1943

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Character: Joseph Rivington Renolds

I Dood It 1943

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Character: Wally 'The Fox' Benton

Whistling in Brooklyn 1943

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Character: J. Newton Numbskull

Ziegfeld Follies 1945

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Character: Merton Gill aka Clifford Armytage

Merton of the Movies 1947

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Character: Ben Dobson

Half a Hero 1953

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Character: Oswald from North Dakota

Susan Slept Here 1954

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Character: Aubrey Filmore in 'A Southern Yankee'

The Big Parade of Comedy 1964

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Character: Himself - at Banquet

That's Entertainment! 1974

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Character: Himself - Presenter: Best Sound

The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977

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Character: Himself / Inductee - Freddie the Freeloader / Clem Kadiddlehopper / Sheriff Deadeye

The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993

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Character: Himself

Ford Star Jubilee 1955

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Character: Himself - Guest Host

Shower of Stars 1954

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Character: Himself

The Dean Martin Show 1965

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Character: Rusty Morgan

Climax! 1954

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Character: Himself

The Garry Moore Show 1958

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Character: Himself

A/k/a Tommy Chong 2006

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Character: Himself - Comedian on Radio

The Luckiest Guy in the World 1947

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Character: Himself - Presenter of Sound Award

The 48th Annual Academy Awards 1976

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Character: Actor 'A Southern Yankee'

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982

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Writing

Character: J. Newton Numbskull

Ziegfeld Follies 1945

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