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 1969, he was worth in excess of $150 million, largely as a result of shrewd business and real estate investments.
- Spent his 99th birthday--29 May 2002--at home in Toluca Lake, CA. Wife 'Dolores Hope' (qv)'s 93rd birthday was just two days before. Los Angeles National Cemetery dedicated veterans' chapel in his name to salute his lifetime of service entertaining U.S. troops.
- Graduated from Fairmount High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
- USO center is named after him
- Played his first big part in the Broadway version of "Roberta" in 1933.
- Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) at the White House. (September 11th 1963).
- In November of 1948, when President 'Harry S. Truman' (qv) scored his upset presidential re-election victory, Hope sent him a one-word telegram: "Unpack". Truman was so amused by it he kept it in his desk in the Oval Office.