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Also Known As: Leslie Townes Hope, Mr. Robert Hope Died: July 27, 2003
Born: May 29, 1903 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Eltham, England, GB Profession: actor, comedian, vaudevillian, soda jerk, newsboy, boxer

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Over the course of a career that spanned more than 60 years, actor-comedian- humanitarian-noted golf enthusiast, Bob Hope came to be regarded as not only a legendary entertainer, but a veritable American institution. Getting his start on the vaudeville circuit of the late-1920s, he eventually broke through on the Broadway stage in such productions as 1933's "Roberta" and 1936's "Red, Hot and Blue." He began hosting his own long-running radio program on NBC the following year and by 1938 had made the jump to Hollywood. Although he would eventually appear in more than 50 feature films, the funnyman with the ski-slope nose would be most remembered for his wise-cracking antics alongside his perfect foil Bing Crosby and their sarong-clad lust object Dorothy Lamour in "Road to Singapore" (1940) and the successful franchise it spawned. In addition to the seven highly popular "Road to " movies, Hope also proved to be a top box office draw as a solo act in comedies like "The Princess and the Pirate" (1944) and "The Paleface" (1948). Beginning in the early-1940s and continuing well into the 1990s, Hope - ever-present golf club in hand - was a welcome comic relief for troops stationed abroad in times of war and...

Over the course of a career that spanned more than 60 years, actor-comedian- humanitarian-noted golf enthusiast, Bob Hope came to be regarded as not only a legendary entertainer, but a veritable American institution. Getting his start on the vaudeville circuit of the late-1920s, he eventually broke through on the Broadway stage in such productions as 1933's "Roberta" and 1936's "Red, Hot and Blue." He began hosting his own long-running radio program on NBC the following year and by 1938 had made the jump to Hollywood. Although he would eventually appear in more than 50 feature films, the funnyman with the ski-slope nose would be most remembered for his wise-cracking antics alongside his perfect foil Bing Crosby and their sarong-clad lust object Dorothy Lamour in "Road to Singapore" (1940) and the successful franchise it spawned. In addition to the seven highly popular "Road to " movies, Hope also proved to be a top box office draw as a solo act in comedies like "The Princess and the Pirate" (1944) and "The Paleface" (1948). Beginning in the early-1940s and continuing well into the 1990s, Hope - ever-present golf club in hand - was a welcome comic relief for troops stationed abroad in times of war and peace as he tirelessly toured with the USO during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and beyond. By the time the venerable entertainer reached his 100th year, generations of fans could only express their gratitude with a refrain from Hope's most popular tune, "Thanks for the Memories."

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2.
 Hollywood Christmas Parade (1993) Grand Marshal
3.
 Best Show in Town, The (1989) Narration
4.
 Entertaining the Troops (1989) Himself
5.
 Masterpiece Of Murder, A (1986) Dan Dolan
6.
 Going Hollywood: The War Years (1983) Himself (Archival Footage)
7.
 Muppet Movie, The (1979) Ice Cream Vendor
8.
 It's Showtime (1976) Himself
9.
 Hearts and Minds (1975) Himself (Archival Footage)
10.
 Cancel My Reservation (1972) Dan Bartlett
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1907:
Immigrated to USA aged four
:
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio
1914:
Won contest as Chaplin imitator (date approximate)
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Began performing in vaudeville
1927:
Appeared in the stage production of "Sidewalks of New York"
1933:
Broadway acting debut in "Roberta"
1938:
Film acting debut in "The Big Broadcast of 1938"; sang (with Shirley Ross) what was to become his signature song, "Thanks for the Memory"; became host of NBC Radio's "The Pepsodent Show"--Hope's NBC radio show would last until the 1950s in one form or another
1940:
First "Road" film teaming him with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, "Road to Singapore"
1941:
Began entertaining US troops at March Field in Riverside, California, in May
1942:
Made first trip with USO, visting army bases in England, North Africa and Sicily
1947:
Cut the ribbon on the first Los Angeles TV broadcast--at KTLA
1948:
Initiated first of numerous Christmas shows for armed forces personnel abroad
1950:
Hosted "Star Spangled Revue"
1953:
NBC broadcast first of Hope's annual Christmas specials
1962:
Made last "Road" film, "Road to Hong Kong"
1963:
Hosted "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre"; appearing often in the anthological offerings
1971:
Applied for visa to Hanoi to negotiate release of US prisoners
1993:
Awarded his fourth star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1995:
String of annual NBC Christmas shows broken
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Notes

Received special silver plaque from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1940, presented "in recognition of his unselfish services to the motion picture industry".

In 1944, Hope was presented with a Lifetime Membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "for his many services to the Academy".

Hope received a gold medal from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1966 "for unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy".

"He works to anybody. He works to his janitor, to the band, to five people in the audience. You call him up and he'll tell you three jokes before you say hello. You've never met a man who likes a joke better than Bob Hope." -- Mort Lachman, Hope writer and producer, in Daily Variety, December 18, 1992.

He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987

Hope was the subject of a 1979 tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center

In 1995, he was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton

In 1995, for the first time in 45 years, Hope did not headline a Christmas special on NBC.

Hope is the most famous resident of the Toluca Lake section of Los Angeles (adjacent to Burbank). This was confirmed in the 1980s when a long-lost friend of NBC publicist Kit Haralson, who lived not far from Hope's estate, received a letter from a long-lost high school chum merely addressed to her "near Bob Hope's house in Toluca Lake."

One enters NBC's Burbank Studios off a Burbank street named in honor of Hope.

Hope was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) for his fifty years on television on May 30, 1996.

Received honorary British knighthood in May 1998

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wife:
Dolores Hope. Singer. Married on February 19, 1934; born on May 27, 1909; has regularly appeared with him on his TV specials; resumed singing career in 1993 at age 83.

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father:
William Henry Hope. Stone mason.
mother:
Avis Hope. Ran boarding-house.
brother:
Jim Hope. Author. Wrote memoir about family, "Mother Had Hopes".
daughter:
Linda Hope. TV producer. Adopted.
son:
Anthony Hope. Adopted.
daughter:
Kelly Hope. Adopted.
daughter:
Nora Hope. Adopted.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"They've Got Me Covered"
"I Never Left Home" Simon & Schuster
"So This Is Peace?" Simon & Schuster
"Have Tux Will Travel" Simon & Schuster
"I Owe Russia $1200" Doubleday
"The Last Christmas Show" Doubleday
"The Road to Hollywood" Doubleday
"Bob Hope's Confessions of a Hooker--My Lifelong Love Affair with Golf" Doubleday
"Bob Hope's Dear Prez, I Wanna Tell Ya!"
"Bob Hope: The Road Well-Traveled" Applause Books
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