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Bing Crosby

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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 ...
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"I don't think I would have been believable as Scrooge for a minute. Everybody knows I'm just a big good-natured slob." --Bing Crosby quoted in his The New York Times Obituary, October 15, 1977.

Acquired nickname, "Bing-o" when he was seven or eight years old, because of his fondness for a comic strip called "The Bingville Bugle". An alternate story is that Crosby annoyed at teacher with a wooden gun while shouting "Bing-Bing!" and the teacher began calling him "Bing-Bing" [Source: The New York Times obituary, October 15, 1977.

"Bing sings like all people think they sing in the shower." --Dinah Shore

Bing Crosby was the most popular film star of the 1940s. His appearances in the annual exhibitor's poll of the top 10 most popular stars are as follows: Number 7 in 1934, Number 4 in 1937, Number 7 in 1940, Number 4 in 1943, Number 1 for five years in a row from 1944 to 1948 (a feat only equalled by Burt Reynolds in 1978-82), Number 2 in 1949, Number 3 in 1950, Number 5 in 1951, Number 4 in 1952, Number 5 in 1953, and Number 8 in 1954.

As of 2000, he till held the number of most Number One hit records -- 38. (By comparison, Elvis Presley had 18 and The Beatles had 24.)

"I can't think of any better way for a golfer who sings for a living to finish the round." --wife Kathryn Crosby at news conference after Crosby's death

Received the William D. Richardson Memorial Trophy for his contributions to the game of golf (1950).

Helped establish and became president of the Del Mar race track in California (sold interest in 1946 for nearly half a million dollars).

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