N/A (passed away Jul. 27th, 2003)
Eltham, London, England, UK
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Special Guest Star
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.
- Was incorrectly declared dead several times since retiring from the public eye. On the most infamous occasion in 1998, a wire service accidentally posted a pre-written obituary to a Web page. A member of the US House of Representatives saw this bogus news flash and announced Hope's death during a session at the Capitol. Hope learned he was dead when a reporter called his home asking for a statement. According to family members, Hope took this mistake in good humor.
- He entertained 11 different Presidents, beginning with 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt' (qv) and ending with 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv).
- His mother's name was Agnes Townes (she was a concert singer). He had many brothers, including 'Jack Hope' (qv) (1898 - 1962) who was his personal manager. 'James Hope (I)' (qv) was Director of Hope Enterprises. Ivor Hope (? - 1969) was President of Hope Metal Products. George Hope (? - 1969) was a production company coordinator. Two more brothers were Sidney Hope (? - 1946) and Frederick Hope.
- Brother 'Jack Hope' (qv) sometimes served as producer of Bob's shows; his memoir 'I Owe Russia $1200' is dedicated to Jack's memory.
- Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) at the White House. (September 11th 1963).
- His last TV appearance with 'Lucille Ball' (qv) was March 28, 1989 on _The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) (TV)_ (qv). They received a standing ovation upon walking out on stage. Hope and Ball introduced a musical number featuring "The Stars of Tomorrow", which included 'Johnny Depp' (qv), 'Christian Slater' (qv), and 'Ricki Lake' (qv). 'Lucille Ball' (qv) passed away 28 days later on April 26, 1989.
- Retired from show business at the age of 93 after filming _Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories (1993) (TV)_ (qv).
- Attended the funeral of his friend of more than forty years, former President 'Richard Nixon' (qv). (27 April 1994).