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.
- Has 4 adopted children: Eleanora Avis "Nora", Anthony, 'Linda Hope' (qv) and 'Kelly Hope' (qv).
- Has three theaters named after him, located in London, California, and on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
- Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 256-258. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
- Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) at the White House. (September 11th 1963).
- He was the only entertainer to have complete carte blanche to walk on whenever he felt like it on _"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962)_ (qv).
- Hosted the Academy Awards in 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945 (alongside 'John Cromwell (I)' (qv)), 1946 (alongside 'James Stewart (I)' (qv)), 1953 (alongside 'Conrad Nagel' (qv)), 1955 (alongside 'Thelma Ritter' (qv)), 1958 (alongside 'James Stewart (I)' (qv), 'David Niven (I)' (qv), 'Jack Lemmon (I)' (qv), 'Rosalind Russell' (qv) and "Donald Duck"), 1959 (alongside 'Jerry Lewis (I)' (qv), 'David Niven (I)' (qv), 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), 'Mort Sahl' (qv) and 'Tony Randall (I)' (qv)), 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1975 (alongside 'Sammy Davis Jr.' (qv), 'Shirley MacLaine' (qv) and 'Frank Sinatra' (qv)) and finally in 1978.
- Received 58 honorary degrees.
- 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.