#256 Red Skelton / Eric Pohlmann – 18 July 1913

Red Skelton

Red Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American comedian who was best known as a top radio and television star from 1937 to 1971. Skelton’s show business career began in his teens as a circus clown and went on to vaudeville, Broadway, films, radio, TV, night clubs and casinos, all while pursuing another career as a painter.

Eric Pohlmann

Eric Pohlmann (18 July 1913 – 25 July 1979) was an Austrian theatre, film and television character actor. One of his earliest film appearances was in Carol Reed’s classic The Third Man (1949). He also played supporting roles in such British films as Reach for the Sky (1956) and Expresso Bongo (1960). He also appeared in US productions, notably Moulin Rouge (1952), Mogambo (1953), Lust For Life (1956) and 55 Days at Peking (1963). He displayed his comedic talents in films like Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955) with Jane Russell, as a lecherous Arab sheikh in The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954), and in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975). Pohlmann (uncredited) also provided the voice of the unseen head of SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, in the James Bond films From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965).


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