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.
- Entertained U.S. troops starting 6th May 1941, and became the first 'honorary veteran' by Congress.
- Pictured on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp issued 29 May 2009, Hope's 106th birthday. The two official first-day-of-issue postmarks for the stamp feature caricatures by cartoonist 'Al Hirschfeld' (qv).
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
- Was a Master Mason.
- Was briefly a professional boxer. He fought under the name Packy East.
- 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 1999 he became the first to start the tradition of the official lighting of the Christmas Tree in Disneyland. Afterwards, he and wife 'Dolores Hope' (qv) drove their own golf cart down Main Street, through Frontier Land to Club 33 for dinner.
- He entertained 11 different Presidents, beginning with 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt' (qv) and ending with 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv).