- NAME: Red Skelton
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Television Actor, Painter, Comedian, Radio Personality, Television Personality
- BIRTH DATE: July 18, 1913
- DEATH DATE: September 17, 1997
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Vincennes, Indiana
- PLACE OF DEATH: Rancho Mirage, California
- AKA: Red Skeleton
- Nickname: The Sentimental Clown
- Nickname: America's Clown Prince
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Son of a circus clown, Red Skelton was a radio and television comedian and host best known for his emotionally complex routines.
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Red Skelton was a pantomimist and radio and television comedian, host, and star performer of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) for 20 years. Skelton performed in minstrel and burlesque shows until his career took off in 1938 when he made his big break in both radio and film. Eventually Skelton took roles in over 30 films, including Having a Wonderful Time with Ginger Rogers.
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