Death of Red Skelton

July 18, 1913 - September 17, 1997
Anza, California | Age 84

Comedian, who saw life through the eyes of a clown, dead at 84
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Red Skelton was just 10 years old when he met his destiny as a bumbling, affable comic in a chance meeting with Ed Wynn. For six decades afterward, he delighted millions with a repertoire of helter-skelter pantomime and skits about simple ordinary lives seen through a clown's extraordinary prism.

Already a leading film comic when his buffoonish characters began entrancing TV audiences in 1951, Skelton made household names of Clem Kadiddlehopper, Freddie the Freeloader and the Mean...

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