Perspectives; Red Skelton

Richard Red Skelton (1913 – 1997), professionally known as Red Skelton , was an American comedy entertainer. He was best known for his national radio and television shows between 1937 and 1971, especially 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 used to tell the story of his having taken on the middle name Bernard when a teacher refused to believe that his middle name actually was “Red”.

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

"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."

"Exercise? I get it on the golf course. When I see my friends collapse, I run for the paramedics."

"No matter what your heartache may be, laughing helps you forget it for a few seconds."

"Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime."

"I left home because I was hungry."

> “What makes a comedian has nothing to do with religion. Think of Red Skelton, Jimmy Durante and Jackie Gleason, who were all Catholics.” – Buddy Hackett

I watched his show a lot when I was a little girl. He was a good person I felt and was funny.

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He was also very funny. I didn’t know he pursued a separate career as an artist. He seemed to have a good heart, and seemed a little sad, at times.

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I remember him well! I believe he painted clowns as part of his artistic endeavors. He always ended his show with, “ And may God bless”.

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