N/A (passed away Jul. 27th, 2003)
Eltham, London, England, UK
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Special Guest Star
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.
- In November of 1948, when President 'Harry S. Truman' (qv) scored his upset presidential re-election victory, Hope sent him a one-word telegram: "Unpack". Truman was so amused by it he kept it in his desk in the Oval Office.
- Has entertained the troops overseas in every war from WWII to the Gulf War
- Spent his 99th birthday--29 May 2002--at home in Toluca Lake, CA. Wife 'Dolores Hope' (qv)'s 93rd birthday was just two days before. Los Angeles National Cemetery dedicated veterans' chapel in his name to salute his lifetime of service entertaining U.S. troops.
- Once remarked the only place where he could walk unrecognized was in the People's Republic of China. But even then a Chinese man still recognized him from one of his movies from before the Chinese Revolution.
- In 1999 he became the first to start the tradition of the official lighting of the Christmas Tree in Disneyland. Afterwards, he and wife 'Dolores Hope' (qv) drove their own golf cart down Main Street, through Frontier Land to Club 33 for dinner.
- 1995: National Medal of Arts: presented by President 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv).
- 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.
- In 1997, the U.S. Air Force honored Hope by naming a cargo plane "The Spirit of Bob Hope" after the legendary entertainer.