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|Also Known As:||Died:||October 14, 1977|
|Born:||May 3, 1903||Cause of Death:||heart attack|
|Birth Place:||Tacoma, Washington||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Formed "Two Boys and a Piano" with piano player Al Rinker and left Spokane for Los Angeles
Hired with Rinker as a singing act for Paul Whiteman's band; later joined by Harry Barris and act called "The Rhythm Boys"
Film debut in "King of Jazz", spotlighting the Paul Whiteman Orchestra; Crosby appeared as one of the "Rhythm Boys"
Made radio debut with Gus Arnheim's orchestra at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub
Played romantic/comic/singing lead in several shorts produced by Mack Sennett in the early 1930s
Signed to CBS radio contract by William S. Paley when Paley heard record of Crosby singing, "I Surrender, Dear"
Appeared in film which made him a star, "The Big Broadcast"
Appeared in first of seven "Road" comedies opposite Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, "The Road to Singapore"
Enjoyed two of the biggest hits of his film career in the role of a priest, Father Chuck O'Malley, "Going My Way" and its sequel, "The Bells of St. Mary's"
Last "Road" film for a decade, "Road to Bali"
Reunited with Bob Hope and (in a cameo) Dorothy Lamour for a seventh "Road" picture, "Road to Hong Kong"
Last feature film, "Stagecoach"
Offered role of TV sleuth Columbo but turned it down
Collapsed and died of heart attack on golf course after a round of golf outside of Madrid
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