Red Skelton

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Red Skelton

Born

7/18/1913, Vincennes, Indiana, USA

Died

9/17/1997

Birth Name

Richard Bernard Skelton

Gender

Male
9.8
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User Rating
13 votes

Biography

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Show Business is often passed on from one generation to another and in Red's case, it must have been genetic because even tho his father Joe Skelton had been a circus clown himself but his son never knew him because Joe died just a few weeks before Red…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Red: Congress, Bingo with billions.

    • Red: Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime.

    • Red: Our principles are the springs of our actions. Our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery. Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles.

    • Red: (speaking of his character Freddie the Freeloader) He's nice to everybody because he was taught that man is made in God's image. He's never met God in person and the next fella just might be him.

      I would say that Freddie is a little bit of all of us.

    • Red: The time has come to say good night,
      My how time does fly.
      We've had a laugh, perhaps a tear,
      and now we hear good-bye.

      I really hate to say good night,
      for times like these are few.
      I wish you love and happiness,
      In everything you do.

      The time has come to say good night,
      I hope I've made a friend.
      And so we'll say "May God bless you,"
      Until we meet again

    • Red: Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations.

    • Red" All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.

    • Red: People in hell, where do they tell people to go?

    • Red: I'd rather have people say, 'Boy, he's hokey, isn't he?' rather than, 'Who was the guy who told all those dirty jokes?'

    • Red: I have had the pleasure of working with many talents in radio, TV, and the movies; but I would say the ones that really stood out were Ed Wynn, Mickey Rooney, Vincent Price, and the always funny Martha Raye.

    • Red: Mom used to say I didn't run away from home. My destiny just caught up with me at an early age.

    • Red: (speaking of Ed Wynn) He introduced me to everyone, showed me the footlights. I looked out through the peep-hole at the audience coming in and fell in love with show business.

    • Red: I don't want to be called 'the greatest' or 'one of the greatest.' Let other guys claim to be the best. I just want to be known as a clown because to me, that's the height of my profession. It means you can do everything -- sing, dance and, above all, make people laugh.

    • Red: If some day you're not feeling well, you should remember some little thing I have said or done and if it brings a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart then my purpose as a clown has been fulfilled.

    • Red: There are three stages of life; youth, middle age and "Gee, you look good!"

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