Top 5 Senior Comedians of All Time

By Anneliese Rosar, 9:00 am on

Many seniors have drawn inspiration to keep working until very late in life from comedians they have seen on television, stage and the big screen. Additionally, many McKinney in-home care professionals believe that seniors benefit emotionally from laughter. If your senior needs a little inspiration to keep active, then share these stories with him or her.

1. Red Skelton

Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton may be best remembered for his role as the host of the Red Skelton Show, which aired from 1951 to 1971. His opening monologues, which often lapsed into character sketches, were dearly loved. Red started working when he was just 10 years old in a traveling medicine show. His last performances were for HBO in 1981 when he was 68 years old.

2. Jerry Lewis

Best remembered for his work with the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Marathons, this comedian continues to work with bit performances in The Trust and as the lead actor in Max Rose that were both released in 2016. He has also recently directed a Broadway version of The Nutty Professor. This comedian who was born on March 16, 1926, acted in many comic movies including The Ladies Man and The Bellboy.

3. Dean Martin

Martin is best remembered as being Jerry Lewis’s sidekick. In addition to being a well-loved comedian, he is also loved for his music with songs like “You’re Nobody ‘Till Somebody Loves You” and “That’s Amore”. For over 10 years, he appeared on his own weekly television show. Mr. Ricco was Martin’s final leading acting role although he still appeared in The Cannonball Run.

4. Charlie Chaplin

On April 16, 1889, Charlie Chaplin was born to opera star Lily Harley and a father who regularly sang. He made his first stage performance before he was 10 years old. He is most famous for his slapstick humor in movies like The Kid, A Woman of Paris and A King in New York.

5. Stan Laurel

Stan Laurel, born on June 16, 1890, was the principal actor behind the famous Laurel and Hardy routines. His sidekick, Oliver Hardy, was born on June 16, 1890. The duo’s physical arguments with each other are legendary. Starting before talking pictures, much of their comedy remained visually orientated. Surprisingly, the two first graced the big screen in the 1921 film The Lucky Dog before they became the much-loved duo. The last time that they performed was in 1956.

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