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Red Skelton

Red Skelton

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Also Known As: Died: September 17, 1997
Born: July 18, 1913 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Vincennes, Indiana, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1923:
Joined traveling medicine show at age 10
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Worked his way up from small-time comic to the Paramount Theatre in NYC
1937:
Made radio debut on Rudy Vallee's show
1938:
Made feature film debut in a small role in the Ginger Rogers vehicle, "Having Wonderful Time"
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Put under contract at MGM
1941:
Achieved star status in "Whistling in the Dark"
1941:
Had own radio show, "Red Skelton's Scrapbook of Satire"
1943:
Starred in "I Dood It"
1944:
First starred opposite Esther Williams in "Bathing Beauty"
1944:
Inducted in the US Army as a private
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Reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown while stationed in Italy; remained in the Army as an entertainer
1948:
Had title role in the screen comedy "The Fuller Brush Man"
1949:
Reteamed with Esther Williams in "Neptune's Daughter"; sang Oscar-winning song "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
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Had an over 20-year run as star of variety shows on NBC and CBS
1952:
Had rare dramatic role in "The Clown"
1965:
Final feature, "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machine"
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Initially signed to co-star with Jack Benny in the feature version of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys"; withdrew over salary dispute
1981:
Made pay TV debut in "Freddy the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner" (HBO)

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