Red Skelton

Richard " Red" Skelton Bernard ( born July 18, 1913 in Vincennes, Indiana, † September 17, 1997 in Rancho Mirage, California ) was an American comedian, actor and singer.


His father, Joe, who died two months before the Reds birth, was a clown at the Circus Hagenbeck - Wallace. With ten years he made by actor Ed Wynn first experience with the stage. This did not let go of him since then. Even before the age of 16, he acted in the same circus as his father as a clown. He sang, through acting, or did stand-up comedy in various shows and theater on a ship. In later years, Skelton wrote the poem The Circus ( The Circus) in memory of his father.

In 1938 he came to the film. He was a crowd favorite fast at Metro -Goldwyn- Mayer. He embodied using the art of mime and slapstick, which he ruled virtuously, the type of the " little man". The audience discovered their desires and dreams in him. He had his biggest box office hits in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Red Skelton died from pneumonia on 17 September 1997 at home in Rancho Mirage, California.

Filmography (selection)

Social commitment and Memberships

Red Skelton was on September 20, 1939, a member of the Federation of the Freemasons, his box was the Vincennes Lodge No.. 1, in Indiana. He was also an active Shriner as well as supporters and founder of the Shriners ' Crippled Children's Hospital and the Red Skelton Foundation.