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.
- His golf buddy was 'Prescott Bush' (qv), the father and grandfather of presidents 'George Bush (I)' (qv) and 'George W. Bush' (qv).
- 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.
- As a young comedian, he won a 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) look-alike contest in Cleveland.
- 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!"
- Was a supporter of Valley Forge Military Academy & Junior College in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He has the "Bob Hope Five-Star Award for Distinguished Service to the United States of America" named in his honor.
- Was the first honoree of the "'Dean Martin' Celebrity Roasts" series on October 30, 1974. The Celebrity Roasts had begun in the last season (1973-74) of _"The Dean Martin Show" (1965)_ (qv) and were so popular that after that show went off the air, the "Celebrity Roasts" continued as specials.
- 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.
- At 69 years, his marriage to 'Dolores Hope' (qv) held the record for the longest Hollywood marriage when he passed away in 2004. It has since been passed by the marriage of Art Linkletter to Lois Foerster. They were married November 25, 1935.