- Was so poor as a child that he once sang for pennies on the streets of his Indiana home town.
- Quit school at 10 to join a traveling medicine show.
- Always ended his TV show---which ran for two decades---and his radio show by saying, "Good night and may God bless."
- Had a bridge that spans the Wabash River between Indiana and Illinois named after him in 1963.
- His Freddie the Freeloader character adorns a U.S. stamp that was introduced in August 2009.
- Composed thousands of songs and more than 60 symphonies over the course of his career.
- Was a renowned oil painter of clowns and an expert at growing bonsai trees.
- Was a Shriner and a Freemason.
- 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy: Nominee
- 1963, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy: Nominee
- 1978, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
- 1965, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment: Nominee
- 1952, Emmy — Best Comedian or Comedienne: Winner
- 1987, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
- 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy: Winner
- 1959, Golden Globe — Television Achievement: Winner
- 1957, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Nominee
- Lothian Toland Skelton — Wife
- Ida Mae Skelton — Mother
- Georgia Davis — Ex-wife
- Richard Freeman Skelton — Son
- Joseph Skelton — Father
- Valentina Maris Alonzo — Daughter
- Edna Marie Stilwell — Ex-wife
- Paul Skelton — Brother
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