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.
- Has a ship named after him: USNS Bob Hope.
- Appointed an honorary CBE in 1976.
- 1985: Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award
- Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) at the White House. (September 11th 1963).
- Retired from show business at the age of 93 after filming _Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories (1993) (TV)_ (qv).
- 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.
- His golf buddy was 'Prescott Bush' (qv), the father and grandfather of presidents 'George Bush (I)' (qv) and 'George W. Bush' (qv).
- There is a major street in Rancho Mirage, CA, named after him. Bob Hope Drive crosses 'Frank Sinatra' (qv), 'Gerald Ford (I)' (qv), 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) and 'Dinah Shore' (qv) Drives.