N/A (passed away Jul. 27th, 2003)
Eltham, London, England, UK
Guest TV Roles
Comedian, born in London and moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents to the US in 1908. After some years on the stage as a dancer and comedian, he made his first film appearance in The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938) singing "Thanks for the Memories", which became his signature tune. In partnership with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, he appeared in the highly successful "Road to ..." comedies (1940-1952), and in many others until the early 1970s. During World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars he spent much time entertaining the troops in the field. For these activities and for his continued contributions to the industry he was given a special Academy Award on five occasions.
- Wrote several books about his experiences over the years, including "I Owe Russia $1200", about his Soviet tour in early 1962; "Confessions of a Hooker", about his lifelong passion for golf; and "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me!", about his many overseas trips to entertain U.S. troops over the years.
- In 1969, he was worth in excess of $150 million, largely as a result of shrewd business and real estate investments.
- Retired from show business at the age of 93 after filming _Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories (1993) (TV)_ (qv).
- Has a ship named after him: USNS Bob Hope.
- ABC-TV Network News Poll, A&E Biography Viewers Poll, as well as magazine and newspaper 'century roundups' have proclaimed Hope as the "Entertainer of the 20th Century."
- In 1997, Congress named Hope an honorary U.S. veteran, citing his decades of entertaining troops around the world. He is the only person to receive that distinction.
- Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) at the White House. (September 11th 1963).
- His golf buddy was 'Prescott Bush' (qv), the father and grandfather of presidents 'George Bush (I)' (qv) and 'George W. Bush' (qv).