Beloved Shriner Red Skelton to be Honored in 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013 marks the 100th birthday of fellow Mason and Shriner Red Skelton

Red SkeltonThe year 2013 will mark the 100th birthday of fellow Mason and Shriner of 58 years, Richard “Red” Skelton. Red was a member of both the Vincennes Blue Lodge in Vincennes, Ind. and Al Malaikah Shriners in Los Angeles.

A tribute to Red – who was often celebrated as the “world’s greatest clown” – will be held at the Red Skelton Museum Clown School – on the campus of Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind., June 4-9, 2013. All Shrine clowns and fraternity members are invited to take part in the commemoration of the life and legacy of Red Skelton. For more information about the event and the Red Skelton Museum, please visit the Red Skelton Museum website

The Legacy of Red Skelton

Born the son of a circus clown in 1913, Richard “Red” Skelton was destined to entertain the world. By age 15, Red was employed as a full-time entertainer, with assignments ranging from vaudeville to circus performances. It was not long until Red’s slapstick comedic parodies captured the American public’s attention. In 1941, Red premiered his own radio show, The Raleigh Cigarette Program. Ten years later, CBS adapted the popular program for television, with Red as their first host televised in color.

By the 1950s, Red had expanded his performances and appeared in more than 30 MGM films, which included Having a Wonderful Time and Bathing Beauty. In addition to being a television and radio entertainer, Red was also a famed interpretive clown and, in 1989, was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in Baraboo, Wis.

Near the end of his life, Red enjoyed the fine arts of writing, music and painting. Some of his best work is displayed at the Red Skelton Museum, including scrapbooks and photos of his eclectic life. Brother Red is buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, Calif.