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.
- Attended the funeral of his friend of more than forty years, former President 'Richard Nixon' (qv). (27 April 1994).
- As a young comedian, he won a 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) look-alike contest in Cleveland.
- Received 58 honorary degrees.
- Retired from show business at the age of 93 after filming _Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories (1993) (TV)_ (qv).
- Has a ship named after him: USNS Bob Hope.
- Hospitalized with gastro-intestinal bleeding in June 2000. Although he received a blood transfusion after the bleeding in his colon was stopped, no surgery was performed.
- ABC-TV Network News Poll, A&E Biography Viewers Poll, as well as magazine and newspaper 'century roundups' have proclaimed Hope as the "Entertainer of the 20th Century."
- USO center is named after him