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.
- Brother 'Jack Hope' (qv) sometimes served as producer of Bob's shows; his memoir 'I Owe Russia $1200' is dedicated to Jack's memory.
- His grandfather lived to age of 99 years, 11 months, and 25 days
- Hospitalized with pneumonia and respiratory problems in August 2001. A week after he left hospital on 4 September, Hope and his wife released a joint statement expressing their horror at the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
- In 1997, the U.S. Air Force honored Hope by naming a cargo plane "The Spirit of Bob Hope" after the legendary entertainer.
- In the 1950s, a part-owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. His guest appearance in _"I Love Lucy" (1951)_ (qv) centered around his attending a Yankees-Indians game at Yankee Stadium.
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
- USO center is named after him
- As a young comedian, he won a 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) look-alike contest in Cleveland.