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Red Skelton

  • Birthplace: Vincennes, Indiana
  • Birthday: July 18
Date of passing: 
September 17, 1997

Red Skelton was an American entertainer.

He was best known for his national radio and television acts between 1937 and 1971, and as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show.

He has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio and television, and also appeared in burlesque, vaudeville, films, nightclubs, and casinos, all while he pursued an entirely separate career as an artist.

Red Skelton was an American entertainer.

He was best known for his national radio and television acts between 1937 and 1971, and as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show.

He has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio and television, and also appeared in burlesque, vaudeville, films, nightclubs, and casinos, all while he pursued an entirely separate career as an artist.

Skelton was most eager to work in television, even when the medium was in its infancy. The Red Skelton Show made its television premiere on September 30, 1951 on NBC. By 1954, Skelton's program moved to CBS, where it was expanded to one hour and renamed The Red Skelton Hour in 1962. Despite high ratings, the show was cancelled by CBS in 1970, as the network believed that more youth-oriented programs were needed to attract younger viewers and their spending power. Skelton moved his program to NBC, where he completed his last year with a regularly scheduled television show in 1971. He spent his time after that making as many as 125 personal appearances a year and working on his art.

Red Skelton was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1988.

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