Red Skelton Bio

Red Skelton, American (1913 - 1997)

Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton was an American entertainer best known for being a national radio and television comedian between 1937 and 1971. Skelton, who has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, began his show business career in his teens as a circus clown and continued on vaudeville and Broadway and in films, radio, TV, nightclubs, and casinos, all while he pursued an entirely separate career as an artist.

A vaudeville and burlesque performer who worked his way up from the bottom of the rung clubs and show boats to play the Paramount Theatre in NYC, Red Skelton entered films in 1938 and went on to appear in some two dozen musicals and comedies through the 1940s, mostly for MGM. Skelton, who had his own radio show from 1941-53, embraced TV in 1950 and gained his greatest fame there, showcasing his gift for pantomime and his memorable characterizations, such as Freddy the Freeloader, on the long-running "The Red Skelton Show" which ran on NBC from 1951-53, then on CBS from 1953-70, and finally on NBC for its last year 1970-71.

Skelton began producing artwork in 1943, but kept his works private for many years. He said he was inspired to try his hand at painting after visiting a large Chicago department store that had various paintings on display. His wife, Georgia, a former art student, persuaded Skelton to have his first public showing of his work in 1964 at the Las Vegas hotel where he was entertaining at the time. Skelton originals and lithograph are collected world wide.

Artworks




"The Banker" Serigraph/Canvas by Red Skelton

Title: "4-Piece Serigraph Package”

Medium: Serigraph/Canvas

Unframed Size: 18” x 14”

Framed Size: 23” x 19”

Retail Price: $10,000.00

Asking Price: $5,700.00 - Make An Offer, seller will consider any reasonable offer - Framed



"Clown's Clown" Serigraph on Canvas by Red Skelton

Title: "Clown's Clown"

Medium: Serigraph on Canvas

Unframed Size: 14" x 11"

Framed Size: 19" x 16"

Asking Price: $2,000.00



"Crazy Quilt Clown" Serigraph on Canvas by Red Skelton

Title: "Crazy Quilt Clown"

Medium: Serigraph/canvas

Unframed Size: 18x14

Framed Size: 23x19

Asking Price: $1,900.00



"Crazy Quilt Clown" Serigraph by Red Skelton

Title: "Crazy Quilt Clown”

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 18" x 14"

Framed Size: 23" x 19"

Retail Price: $3,500.00

Asking Price: $1,900.00 - Framed



"Dear Heart" Serigraph by Red Skelton

Title: "Dear Heart”

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 24" x 20"

Retail Price: $3,500.00

Asking Price: $2,175.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Matted, not Framed



"Above It All" Lithograph by Red Skelton

Title: "Flights of Fancy" Suite of 2 PP

Medium: Suite of 2 Lithographs

Unframed Size: 19 1/2" x 24"

Framed Size: 29" x 35 1/2"

Retail Price: $10,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $2,950.00 - Framed



"Above It All" Lithograph by Red Skelton

Title: "Flights of Fancy” Suite

Medium: Suite of 2 Lithographs

Unframed Size: 24" x 19 1/2"

Framed Size: 32" x 26"

Retail Price: $9,000.00

Asking Price: $2,450.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Framed





Title: "Flower Power"

Medium: Open Edition Lithograph

Unframed Size: 20" x 16"

Asking Price: $500.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer



"Freddie In The Tub" Serigraph by Red Skelton

Title: "Freddie In The Tub"

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 19" x 24"

Framed Size: 23" x 19"

Retail Price: $5,500.00

Asking Price: $1,500.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Framed



"Freddie's Shack" Serigraph by Red Skelton

Title: "Freddie's Shack"

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 14" x 11"

Framed Size: 19" x 16"

Retail Price: $5,000.00

Asking Price: $1,000.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Framed



"Freddie, Kitty & Jack" Serigraph by Red Skelton

Title: "Freddie's World"

Medium: Canvas Transfer

Unframed Size: 19 1/2" x 24" each

Framed Size: 35 1/2" x 29" each

Retail Price: $18,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $3,950.00 - Framed



"I Love You" Serigraph/Canvas by Red Skelton

Title: "I Love You"

Medium: Serigraph/Canvas

Unframed Size: 18" x 14"

Framed Size: 23" x 19"

Retail Price: $5,000.00

Asking Price: $850.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Framed



"Lord 'Elp Us" Serigraph on Canvas by Red Skelton

Title: "Lord 'Elp Us"

Medium: Serigraph on Canvas

Unframed Size: 14" x 11"

Framed Size: 19" x 16"

Asking Price: $2,000.00



"The New Stetson" Serigraph by Red Skelton

Title: "The New Stetson"

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 18" x 14"

Framed Size: 23" x 19"

Retail Price: $3,100.00

Asking Price: $1,000.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Framed



"The Philosopher" Serigraph by Red Skelton

Title: "The Philosopher"

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 14: x 11"

Framed Size: 23" x 19"

Retail Price: $7,000.00 - unframed

Asking Price: $2,175.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Framed



"The Pledge" double-signed Serigraph on Canvas by Red Skelton

Title: "The Pledge"

Medium: Serigraph on Canvas

Unframed Size: 18" x 14"

Framed Size: 23" x 19"

Asking Price: $3,700.00



"Rodeo" Serigraph on Canvas by Red Skelton

Title: "Rodeo"

Medium: Serigraph on Canvas

Unframed Size: 14" x 11"

Framed Size: 19" x 16"

Asking Price: $1,250.00



"The Sky's The Limit" Serigraph by Red Skelton

Title: "The Sky's The Limit"

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 39" x 21"

Framed Size: 51” x 33”

Retail Price: $5,500.00

Asking Price: $1,500.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Framed



"Sunday Afternoon" Serigraph by Red Skelton

Title: "Sunday Afternoon"

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 18: x 14"

Framed Size: 23" x 19"

Retail Price: $3,000.00

Asking Price: $1,000.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Framed



"Indian Clown" Open Edition Lithograph by Red Skelton

Title: "Indian Clown"

Medium: Open Edition Lithograph

Unframed Size: 20" x 16"

Retail Price: $2,000.00

Asking Price: $800.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer