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.
- In a mostly ad-libbed skit for a TV show, Hope joked with 'Jimmy Durante' (qv) about the size of his own nose. Durante quipped "When it comes to noses, you're a retailer. I'm a wholesaler!"
- Appointed an honorary CBE in 1976.
- 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.
- Has a ship named after him: USNS Bob Hope.
- Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 256-258. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
- Has 4 adopted children: Eleanora Avis "Nora", Anthony, 'Linda Hope' (qv) and 'Kelly Hope' (qv).
- According to Hope's biographer 'Arthur Marx' (qv), son of comedian 'Groucho Marx' (qv), Hope married his vaudeville partner of five years, Grace Louise Troxell, on 25 January 1933, although they divorced soon afterwards. Hope denied that they had actually married.
- He entertained 11 different Presidents, beginning with 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt' (qv) and ending with 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv).