Red has been honored to play before three Popes and eight U.S. Presidents.
Red has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one for radio, the other for television.
Red was a member of the Scottish Rite, a 33rd degree Mason.
His father died two months before he was born.
He had three older brothers.
His career began at age 10 when he left home to join the Travelling Medicine Show.
He received the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Governor's Award in 1986.
He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
He was the first CBS host to tape his weekly show in color, in the 1960s.
His parents were Joe and Ida Mae Skelton.
His daughter Valentina was born in May, 1947. His son, Richard Freeman, was born in May, 1948.
He often made reference to his second wife, Georgia, as "Little Red."
He was the 1961 recipient of the prestigious Connor Award given by the brothers of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an honorary brother of the fraternity.
In 1986, as Clem Kaddiddlehopper, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Foolology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994.
He was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1989.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War Two.
He was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity.
One of Red's writers filled in for him one night when he took a serious fall injuring himself. That writer's name was Johnny Carson.
Although famous for his drunk comedy sketches, he never drank and was, in fact, allergic to alcohol.
He has a daughter, Valentina.
He earned over $2.5 million annually at one time as an artist, after the cancellation of his variety show.
His wife, a former usher, negotiated his 1951 $5 million, seven-year Hollywood contract.
The Red Skelton Preforming Arts Center is located on the campus of Vincennes University.
The state of Indiana named the bridge over the Wabash river on highway 50,
The Red Skelton Bridge.
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!"