N/A (passed away Jul. 27th, 2003)
Eltham, London, England, UK
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Brother 'Jack Hope' (qv) sometimes served as producer of Bob's shows; his memoir 'I Owe Russia $1200' is dedicated to Jack's memory.
- Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1983.
- 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.
- 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.
- Served as United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) Entertainment Coordinator from 1941 - 2001. Retired his post at age 98 in favor of 'Wayne Newton' (qv).
- Appointed an honorary CBE in 1976.
- Awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President 'Lyndon Johnson (I)' (qv) on his last day in office. (January 20th 1969)
- Was briefly a professional boxer. He fought under the name Packy East.