Bob Hope


Actor, Comedian
Bob Hope

About

Also Known As
Leslie Townes Hope, Mr. Robert Hope
Birth Place
Eltham, England, GB
Born
May 29, 1903
Died
July 27, 2003
Cause of Death
Pneumonia

Biography

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 ...

Photos & Videos

The Old Grey Mayor - Lobby Card
The Ghost Breakers - Movie Posters
The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Publicity Stills

Family & Companions

Dolores Hope
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"Bob Hope: The Road Well-Traveled"
Lawrence J Quirk, Applause Books (1998)
"Bob Hope's Dear Prez, I Wanna Tell Ya!"
Bob Hope with Ward Grant (1996)
"Bob Hope's Confessions of a Hooker--My Lifelong Love Affair with Golf"
Bob Hope with Dwayne Newland, Doubleday (1985)
"The Road to Hollywood"
Bob Hope as told to Bob Thomas, Doubleday (1977)

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".

Biography

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."

Born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Etham, London, U.K., he was the fifth of seven sons born to William Henry Hope, an English stonemason, and Avis Townes, an aspiring concert vocalist of Welsh descent. William and Avis brought their young family to the U.S. in 1907, soon settling in Cleveland, OH. Throughout his youth, Hope took on a wide variety of odd jobs to bring in extra money - everything from running deliveries and selling newspapers, to hustling pool. From an early age, however, it was clear that young Leslie had ambitions as an entertainer. He took dance lessons after school, often picking up an added bit of income as a street performer near Cleveland's Luna Park. In his teens, Hope even dabbled in professional boxing - going by the moniker of "Packy East" - prior to starting a vaudeville dance team at age 18 with his girlfriend. A later act with friend Lloyd Durbin had Hope opening for future silent film star Fatty Arbuckle at the Bandbox Theater. One year later, he and his latest partner, George Byrne, toured the East Coast extensively, playing several major venues in New York. Hope and Byrne made their Broadway debut with bit parts in the 1927 musical comedy "Sidewalks of New York," although they did stay with the production long. On the advice of their agent, the comedy duo took some time to retool their act with a show in Pennsylvania. When a last-minute request put Hope on stage as the show's emcee, he suddenly discovered he was funnier on his own. By 1929, Hope had adopted the unassuming first name of Bob - he felt it had a certain "Hi'ya fellas!" quality to it - and become a solo act.

Hope returned to Broadway with another small role in the musical, "Ballyhoo of 1932" and again in the 1933 musical comedy "Roberta," which brought him recognition as the smart-aleck crooner, Huckleberry Haines. He made his film debut with the educational short "Going Spanish" (1934) and continued with small efforts like "Paree, Paree" (1934) for the New York based studio, Vitaphone. More work on Broadway came his way with 1934's "Say When" and a year later, "Ziegfeld Follies of 1936." Most importantly for Hope's career, however, was the Cole Porter musical comedy "Red, Hot and Blue" with Ethel Merman and Jimmy Durante in 1936. With his popularity on the rise, the showman started his lengthy career in radio in 1937 as the star of "The Woodbury Soap Hour" for NBC then signed on for "The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope" the following year. Taking on several new sponsors and names throughout the coming years, Hope remained on the airwaves continuously for nearly two decades. Not surprisingly, word of his performance in "Red, Hot and Blue" attracted the notice of Hollywood, and by 1938 Hope had made the move west to Tinseltown.

Impressed by Hope's crackerjack comic timing, Paramount Pictures soon signed him up for his first starring role in a major feature film, "The Big Broadcast of 1938" (1938), opposite W.C. Fields, Martha Raye and future co-star, Dorothy Lamour. It was in this film that Hope first sang the nostalgic ballad "Thanks for the Memories" for the first time - a song that would become closely associated with the comedian throughout the remainder of his showbiz life. Hope dove into his nascent movie career with his usual gusto, appearing in no fewer than six films over the next two years, among them the lively comedy-mystery "The Cat and the Canary" (1939), co-starring Paulette Goddard. His next project unexpectedly altered the trajectory of Hope's film career in ways he never could have imagined. Paired with wildly popular crooner Bing Crosby, he starred in the fast-paced comic travelogue, "Road to Singapore" (1940). Originally meant as a vehicle for actors Fred MacMurray and Jack Oakie, it was then offered to the husband and wife team of George Burns and Gracie Allen. When they also declined, the studio gave it to Hope and Crosby with popular exotic actress Lamour brought in to the mix for sex appeal. The duo's combination of slapstick and witty banter as couple of conmen scheming for a quick buck and Lamour's affections was an instant hit with audiences and officially made Hope a Hollywood movie star.

Hope regularly made Hollywood's list of Top Ten box office stars throughout the '40s and early '50s, sometimes coming in second only to the ever-popular Crosby. Hope's onscreen image quickly became that of the comical, quipping coward caught in adventurous situations that - following a series of well-crafted hijinks - lead to him making good and winning the hand of his leading lady. In this vein, he reteamed with Goddard for the comedy hit "The Ghost Breakers" (1940), a film said to have helped inspire Walt Disney in the creation of his Haunted Mansion theme park attraction. Hope, Crosby and Lamour soon reunited for "Road to Zanzibar" (1941), the success of which all but assured the string of "Road to." movies that followed. Hope continued with a winning mix of solo films and "Road" pictures with such efforts as "My Favorite Blonde" (1942), "Road to Morocco" (1942), "The Princess and the Pirate" (1944), "Road to Utopia" (1945), "My Favorite Brunette" (1947) and "The Paleface" (1948). In the latter film, Hope performed the Oscar-winning song "Buttons and Bows" - his biggest hit recording.

Hope first appeared on television in 1947 when he inaugurated the opening of the first West Coast television station, KTLA Los Angeles, and had appeared on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" (CBS, 1948-1971) - later known as "The Ed Sullivan Show" - in 1949. But it was not until he hosted the musical-variety program "The Star Spangled Revue" (NBC, 1950) that he truly appreciated the medium and the visibility it could afford him. Though never committing to a regular weekly show, Hope was seen frequently as a guest host on the spin-off program "All Star Review" (NBC, 1950-54) and the similarly-themed "The Colgate Comedy Hour" (NBC, 1950-55). He made a memorable guest star appearance on the most popular sitcom of the day, "I Love Lucy" (CBS, 1951-57) and took a seat opposite the Great Carson many times on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" (NBC, 1962-1992). Ultimately, Hope became best known on television for his many "Bob Hope Specials" which found him hamming it up with celebrity guests like Frank Sinatra and Brooke Shields and performing duets with popular female vocalists like Olivia-Newton John. His Christmas specials from 1970 and 1971, filmed in Vietnam in front of U.S. troops, drew some of the highest ratings of the dozens of "Bob Hope Specials" the beloved comedian made for NBC over more than three decades.

In 1941, Hope began his lifelong commitment to entertaining U.S. troops when he performed for soldiers stationed at California's March Field. By 1943, he was traveling with a USO troupe, performing for Allied soldiers throughout war zones in Europe and the South Pacific, often risking his life in the process. In 1948, he entertained military personnel stationed in Berlin for the first time. It was a yearly tradition he continued for nearly three more decades. Hope's dedication to the troops continued through the wars in Korea and Vietnam, even extending to the Gulf War more than 40 years later. Dubbed "America's No. 1 Soldier in Greasepaint" by the media, Hope held personal relationships with every Commander in Chief from FDR to Bill Clinton, had both a Navy ship and Air Force plane named after him, and was later named the first Honorary Veteran in a act of Congress. An avid golfer since being introduced to the sport in the 1930s, Hope's ever-present golf club - carried like a walking stick - became the iconic image of all of his USO performances.

The mainstay of Hope's career, however, remained the motion picture. Still one of Hollywood's more dependable box office draws, he impersonated the titular lothario to hilarious effect in "Casanova's Big Night" (1954) then displayed his considerable talent as a dancer opposite revered Hollywood hoofer James Cagney in the vaudevillian biopic "The Seven Little Foys" (1955). While Hope enjoyed a reputation among his contemporaries as one of the more congenial stars, his outsized personality reportedly clashed with the notoriously acerbic Katharine Hepburn - his co-star in the Cold War comedy, "The Iron Petticoat" (1956). Accused by screenwriter Ben Hecht of reducing Hepburn's role to increase the size of his own, Hope endured a rare commercial failure with "Petticoat." A far more amiable relationship existed on the set of his international comedy alongside European beauty Anita Ekberg and cherished French comedian Fernandel in "Paris Holiday" (1958). He appeared opposite his friend Lucille Ball in the critically-acclaimed "The Facts of Life" (1960), a surprisingly sardonic romantic-comedy dealing with infidelity.

Although 10 years had passed since their last outing, Hope and Crosby hit the trail once again for "The Road to Hong Kong" (1962). Infused with bits of James Bond-esque intrigue, it featured young starlet Joan Collins in a role that would have traditionally gone to Dorothy Lamour, although Lamour was seen briefly in a cameo, reportedly at Hope's insistence. Times and tastes had changed, however, and the latest - also the last - Hope-Crosby "Road" movie failed to generate much attention with filmgoers. The trend continued, with Hope's solo offerings "Call Me Bwana" (1963), "I'll Take Sweden" (1965) and "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!" (1966) being examples of lesser late-career efforts. Hope's final starring role came with "Cancel My Reservation" (1972), a comedy-mystery co-starring Eva Marie Saint. And although "The Road to the Fountain of Youth," was in the planning stages at the time, Crosby's sudden death in 1977 put a definitive end to the long-running franchise. No one was more devastated than Hope, who grieved for his onscreen partner for years. Hope hosted the Academy Awards ceremony for one last time the following year - a duty he had performed 12 times since 1940. His not-so-subtle feigned lust for a statuette of his own became a running gag during these stints, with Hope famously quipping during the 1968 broadcast, "Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it's known in my house, Passover." Although never nominated specifically for his acting work, Hope was presented with several honorary Oscars over the years, including a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

At the spry age of 82 and after appearing in more than 50 feature films, Hope delivered one more cameo in, "Spies Like Us" (1985), a globe-trotting comedy starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd that owed much to Hope and Crosby's "Road" movies. Following the airing of his final television special, "Bob Hope . . . Laughing with the Presidents" (NBC, 1996), he formally and amicably ended his association with NBC, one that had lasted for nearly 50 years, declaring himself "a free agent" with his usual optimistic good humor. In his twilight years, Hope continued to enjoy his greatest passion outside of longtime wife Dolores Hope - the game of golf. One of the country's biggest proponents of the sport - which he waxed poetic about in Confessions of a Hooker: My lifelong Love Affair with Golf, just one of his 16 published books - the Bob Hope Desert Classic, held yearly in Palm Springs, became a staple on the Pro Am circuit.

Hope's interest in sports, however, was not limited to golf. For a time he held a portion of ownership in both the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers NFL franchises. Never forgetting his hometown, he was also a co-owner of his beloved professional baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. Long considered one of Hollywood's richest performers, his investments and holdings in oil, real estate and dozens of other business ventures led to an estimated net worth of as much as $500 million. Wealthy as he was, Hope was also revered as one of entertainment's greatest philanthropists, raising millions of dollars for charities via the Desert Classic and acting as honorary chairman for the non-profit group, Fight for Sight. Cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most honored entertainer of all time, the more than 2,000 accolades Hope received during his lifetime included a Kennedy Center Award, the Medal of Merit, a Congressional Medal, and the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the U.S. Department of Defense, the highest award the military can bestow upon a civilian. The U.K.-born Hope was knighted by the Queen of England in 1998 and appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II that same year. The fact that Hope was given four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in film, television, radio and theater came as no surprise.

With his eyesight having deteriorated to the point that he could no longer read cue cards during a performance, Hope made few public appearances after the turn of the century. In 2000, he was admitted to the hospital for gastrointestinal bleeding and again in 2001 to recuperate from pneumonia. But despite two separate prematurely released obituaries in the years just preceding it, Hope celebrated his 100th birthday in May 2003. Although too frail to make an appearance for a public celebration, the comedian was reportedly overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection that came in from all corners of the globe. Two months later, Hope died quietly from complications due to pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, CA on the evening of July 23, 2003. With his wife of nearly 70 years by his side, Hope's death brought to a close one of the town's happiest marriages, but more importantly, one of Hollywood's greatest success stories, with the comic having excelled in every genre and been the object of affection generation after generation.

By Bryce P. Coleman

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1996)
Himself
Hollywood Christmas Parade (1993)
Grand Marshal
The Best Show in Town (1989)
Narration
Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Himself
Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Himself
A Masterpiece Of Murder (1986)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
It's Showtime (1976)
Himself
Hearts and Minds (1975)
Himself
Cancel My Reservation (1972)
Dan Bartlett
How To Commit Marriage (1969)
Frank Benson
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968)
M. Sgt. Dan O'Farrell
8 on the Lam (1967)
Henry Dimsdale
The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show (1966)
Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966)
Tom Meade
The Oscar (1966)
I'll Take Sweden (1965)
Bob Holcomb
A Global Affair (1964)
Frank Larrimore
Call Me Bwana (1963)
Matt Merriwether
Critic's Choice (1963)
Parker Ballantine
The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
Chester Babcock
Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
Adam J. Niles
The Facts of Life (1960)
Larry Gilbert
Alias Jesse James (1959)
Milford Farnsworth
The Five Pennies (1959)
Himself, in Brown Derby Restaurant
Paris Holiday (1958)
Bob Hunter
Beau James (1957)
James J. "Jimmy" Walker
The Heart of Show Business (1957)
That Certain Feeling (1956)
Francis X. Dignan
The Iron Petticoat (1956)
Capt. Chuck Lockwood
The Seven Little Foys (1955)
Eddie Foy
Jamboree (1954)
Himself
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
Pippo Popolino
Here Come the Girls (1953)
Stanley Snodgrass
Scared Stiff (1953)
Himself
Road to Bali (1953)
Harold Gridley
Off Limits (1953)
Wally Hogan
Son of Paleface (1952)
Junior Potter
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Himself
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
The Lemon Drop Kid [also known as Sidney Milburn]
My Favorite Spy (1951)
Peanuts "Boffo" White/Eric Augustine
Fancy Pants (1950)
Humphrey [/Arthur Tyler]
Cassino to Korea (1950)
The Great Lover (1949)
Freddie Hunter
Sorrowful Jones (1949)
Sorrowful Jones
The Paleface (1948)
"Painless" Peter Potter
Variety Girl (1947)
Road to Rio (1947)
Hot Lips Barton
Where There's Life (1947)
Michael Valentine
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Ronnie Jackson
Road to Utopia (1946)
Chester Hooton
Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)
Monsieur Beaucaire
Combat America (1945)
The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
[The Great] Sylvester
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943)
Himself, master of ceremonies
Let's Face It (1943)
Jerry Walker
They Got Me Covered (1943)
Robert ["Kit"] Kittredge
Road to Morocco (1942)
Orville "Turkey" Jackson
My Favorite Blonde (1942)
Larry Haines
Road to Zanzibar (1941)
Fearless [Hubert Frazier]
Louisiana Purchase (1941)
Jim Taylor
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
Steve Bennett
Caught in the Draft (1941)
Don Bolton
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Larry Lawrence
Road to Singapore (1940)
Ace Lannigan
Never Say Die (1939)
John Kidley
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Wally Campbell
Some Like It Hot (1939)
Nicky Nelson
The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
Buzz Fielding
Give Me a Sailor (1938)
Jim Brewster
Thanks for the Memory (1938)
Steve Merrick
College Swing (1938)
Bud Brady

Writer (Feature Film)

My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Contr wrt to golf scenes

Producer (Feature Film)

Cancel My Reservation (1972)
Executive Producer
How To Commit Marriage (1969)
Executive Producer
The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show (1966)
Executive Producer
Alias Jesse James (1959)
Executive Producer
Paris Holiday (1958)
Producer
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Supervisor

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1996)
Other
Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Other
Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Other
It's Showtime (1976)
Other
Hearts and Minds (1975)
Other

Cast (Special)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time (2004)
100 Years of Hope and Humor (2003)
Swing Alive! at the Hollywood Palladium (1996)
Family Film Awards (1996)
Bob Hope... Laughing With the Presidents (1996)
The 107th Tournament of Roses Parade (1996)
Bob Hope's Young Comedians: A New Generation of Laughs (1995)
Naked News (1995)
Bob Hope: Memories of World War II (1995)
Host
The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame (1994)
Performer
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1994)
Bob Hope's Young Comedians Making America Laugh (1994)
Bob Hope's Birthday Memories (1994)
D-Day Remembered -- A Musical Tribute From the QE2 (1994)
Lucy & Desi: TV's First Couple (1994)
Bob Hope's Christmas Show: Hopes For the Holidays (1994)
Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years (1993)
Laughing Matters (1993)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
Bob Hope: Thanks For the Memories (1993)
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories (1993)
Host
Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom (1992)
Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians: The World Laughs, Young and Old (1992)
Bob Hope's Four-Star Christmas Fiesta From San Antonio (1992)
Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter (1992)
Host
Bob Hope's America: Red, White and Beautiful -- The Swimsuit Edition (1992)
Host
Welcome Home, America! - A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters (1991)
The 26th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (1991)
Performer
Remember Pearl Harbor (1991)
The 1991 Crosby Clambake (1991)
Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II (1991)
Hollywood's Welcome Home Desert Storm Parade (1991)
Bob Hope's Cross-Country Christmas (1991)
Host
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1991)
Presenter
Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories (1991)
A Salute to America's Pets (1991)
Bob Hope's Christmas Cheer from Saudi Arabia (1991)
Bob Hope's Yellow Ribbon Party (1991)
Bob Hope Lampoons Show Business (1990)
Bob Hope's USO Road to the Berlin Wall and Moscow (1990)
Christmas at the Movies (1990)
The Music Center 25th Anniversary (1990)
Performer
You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story (1990)
Ole! It's Bob Hope's Acapulco Spring Fling of Comedy and Music (1990)
Bob Hope's 1990 Christmas Show From Bermuda (1990)
Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
America's All-Star Tribute to Oprah Winfrey (1990)
Performer
Bob Hope's "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me" (1990)
America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (1989)
Performer
Bob Hope's Super Bowl Party (1989)
Bob Hope's Love Affair With Lucy (1989)
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Performer
Bob Hope's Easter Vacation in the Bahamas (1989)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1989)
Performer
The 41st Annual Emmy Awards (1989)
Performer
Bob Hope Christmas Special From Waikoloa, Hawaii (1989)
Ooh-La-La -- It's Bob Hope's Fun Birthday Spectacular From Paris' Bicentennial (1989)
U.S. Olympic Festival: Opening Ceremonies (1989)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1988)
Performer
Bob Hope's USO Christmas From the Persian Gulf -- Around the World in Eight Days (1988)
Host
That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88 (1988)
America's Tribute to Bob Hope (1988)
United We Stand (1988)
Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show With the All-America Champs (1988)
Happy Birthday, Bob -- 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years With NBC (1988)
Hope News Network (1988)
Bob Hope's Tropical Comedy Special From Tahiti (1987)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1987)
Performer
NBC Investigates Bob Hope (1987)
Himself
Bob Hope's Christmas Show (1987)
The Hollywood Christmas Parade (1987)
Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza (1987)
Host
Bob Hope With His Beautiful Easter Bunnies and Other Friends (1987)
Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show (1987)
Remembering Bing (1987)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday (1986)
An All-Star Tribute to General Jimmy Doolittle (1986)
Bob Hope's All-Star Super Bowl Party (1986)
Host
Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance From Sweden (1986)
All Star Party for Clint Eastwood (1986)
The 97th Tournament of Roses Parade (1986)
NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration (1986)
Bob Hope's Bagful of Christmas Cheer (1986)
Host
Irving Berlin's America (1986)
George Burns' 90th Birthday Special (1986)
The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1986)
Presenter
Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene (1986)
Liberty Weekend (1986)
52nd Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade (1985)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1985)
Bob Hope's Comedy Salute To the Soaps (1985)
Bob Hope Buys NBC? (1985)
Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming (1985)
Special Guest
Bob Hope Lampoons Television 1985 (1985)
Host
The Bob Hope Christmas Show (1985)
Host
The Honeymooners Reunion (1985)
Here's Television Entertainment (1985)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's USO Christmas in Beirut (1984)
Bob Hope Special: Ho Ho Hope's Jolly Christmas Hour (1984)
Host
George Burns' How to Live to Be 100 (1984)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Super Birthday Special (1984)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Hilarious Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars (1984)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Wicki-Wacky Special From Waikiki (1984)
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1984)
Guest
Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! (1983)
BOB HOPE SPECIAL: BOB HOPE IN "WHO MAKES THE WORLD LAUGH?" (1983)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Goes to College (1983)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Merry Christmas Show (1983)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Salute to NASA -- 25 Years of Reaching For the Stars (1983)
Host
George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business (1983)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Road to Hollywood (1983)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Super Bowl Party (1983)
Host
The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra (1982)
Performer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Star-Studded Spoof of the New TV Season -- G Rated -- With Glamour, Glitter & Gags (1982)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Pink Panther Thanksgiving Gala (1982)
Host
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Christmas Special (1982)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love - Beautiful but Funny (1982)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Birthday at Annapolis (1982)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Laughs With the Movie Awards (1982)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Stars Over Texas (1982)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Spring Fling of Comedy and Glamour (1981)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Birthday Party at West Point (1981)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Presents a Celebration With Stars of Comedy and Music (1981)
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Christmas Special (1981)
Host
George Burns' Early, Early, Early, Christmas Show (1981)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Stand Up and Cheer For the National Football League's 60th Year (1981)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Look at the Fall Season: It's Still Free and Worth It! (1981)
A Love Letter to Jack Benny (1981)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary TV Special (1981)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Funny Valentine (1981)
The Great Mysteries of Hollywood (1981)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours (1980)
Host
Debby Boone: The Same Old Brand New Me (1980)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in the Star-Makers (1980)
Miles Bauduc
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Birthday Party (1980)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope For President (1980)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Look at TV's Prime Time Wars (1980)
The Anita Bryant Spectacular (1980)
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Christmas Special (1980)
Host
Lucy Moves to NBC (1980)
Bob Hope Special: Hope, Women and Song (1980)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Birthday Party (1979)
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Christmas Special (1979)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope on the Road to China (1979)
Host
George Burns' 100th Birthday Party (1979)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Tribute to the Palace Theater (1978)
Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! (1978)
The Kraft 75th Anniversary Special (1978)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Special From Australia (1978)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Christmas Show (1978)
Host
General Electric's All-Star Anniversary (1978)
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Special From Palm Springs (1978)
Host
A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle (1978)
The Osmond Brothers Special (1978)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Christmas Special (1977)
Host
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme From This Moment On... Cole Porter (1977)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Tribute to Vaudeville (1977)
Host
Bing!... A 50th Anniversary Gala (1977)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Spectacular From Lake Tahoe (1977)
Ann-Margret... Rhinestone Cowgirl (1977)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's World of Comedy (1976)
Host
Swing Out, Sweet Land (1976)
The Bob Hope Comedy Special (1976)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys" (1976)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Bicentennial Star-Spangled Spectacular (1976)
The First 50 Years (1976)
Perry Como's Lake Tahoe Holiday (1975)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope on Campus (1975)
Play It Again, Uncle Sam (1975)
The Donny and Marie Osmond Show (1975)
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys (1975)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Christmas Party (1975)
Host
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Presents the Stars of Tomorrow (1975)
Host
Merry Christmas From the Crosbys (1975)
The Stars and Stripes Show (1975)
Bob Hope Special: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television (1975)
Bing Crosby and His Friends (1974)
A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle (1973)
The Stars and Stripes Show (1973)
Host
Ann-Margret -- When You're Smiling (1973)
Jack Benny's First Farewell Show (1973)
A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary (1972)
Bing Crosby and His Friends (1972)
How to Handle a Woman (1972)
The Stars and Stripes Show (1972)
Host
Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About...? (1971)
The Stars and Stripes Show (1971)
Disney World: A Gala Opening (1971)
Danny Thomas Looks at Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1970)
Guest
The Ann-Margret Show (1968)
Guest
And Debbie Makes Six (1967)
Guest
Murder At NBC (1966)
The Bing Crosby Springtime Special (1962)
Guest
The Arthur Murray Party For Bob Hope (1960)
Guest
Frances Langford Presents (1959)
Entertainment 1955 (1955)
Guest
Dateline (1954)
Operation Entertainment (1954)
The Bob Hope Show (1948)
Host

Writer (Special)

Bob Hope's "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me" (1990)
Book As Source Material

Producer (Special)

Bob Hope: Memories of World War II (1995)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Young Comedians: A New Generation of Laughs (1995)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Young Comedians Making America Laugh (1994)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Birthday Memories (1994)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Christmas Show: Hopes For the Holidays (1994)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories (1993)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's America: Red, White and Beautiful -- The Swimsuit Edition (1992)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians: The World Laughs, Young and Old (1992)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter (1992)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Four-Star Christmas Fiesta From San Antonio (1992)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Cross-Country Christmas (1991)
Executive Producer
A Salute to America's Pets (1991)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Yellow Ribbon Party (1991)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Christmas Cheer from Saudi Arabia (1991)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories (1991)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Lampoons Show Business (1990)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's USO Road to the Berlin Wall and Moscow (1990)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me" (1990)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's 1990 Christmas Show From Bermuda (1990)
Executive Producer
Ole! It's Bob Hope's Acapulco Spring Fling of Comedy and Music (1990)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Easter Vacation in the Bahamas (1989)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Christmas Special From Waikoloa, Hawaii (1989)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's USO Christmas From the Persian Gulf -- Around the World in Eight Days (1988)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show With the All-America Champs (1988)
Executive Producer
Hope News Network (1988)
Executive Producer
NBC Investigates Bob Hope (1987)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Christmas Show (1987)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope With His Beautiful Easter Bunnies and Other Friends (1987)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Tropical Comedy Special From Tahiti (1987)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance From Sweden (1986)
Executive Producer
An All-Star Tribute to General Jimmy Doolittle (1986)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's All-Star Super Bowl Party (1986)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene (1986)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Bagful of Christmas Cheer (1986)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope's Comedy Salute To the Soaps (1985)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Lampoons Television 1985 (1985)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Buys NBC? (1985)
Executive Producer
The Bob Hope Christmas Show (1985)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Wicki-Wacky Special From Waikiki (1984)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Ho Ho Hope's Jolly Christmas Hour (1984)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Hilarious Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars (1984)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's USO Christmas in Beirut (1984)
Producer
BOB HOPE SPECIAL: BOB HOPE IN "WHO MAKES THE WORLD LAUGH?" (1983)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Salute to NASA -- 25 Years of Reaching For the Stars (1983)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Merry Christmas Show (1983)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Super Bowl Party (1983)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Road to Hollywood (1983)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Goes to College (1983)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love - Beautiful but Funny (1982)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Pink Panther Thanksgiving Gala (1982)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Star-Studded Spoof of the New TV Season -- G Rated -- With Glamour, Glitter & Gags (1982)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Birthday at Annapolis (1982)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Christmas Special (1982)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Laughs With the Movie Awards (1982)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Stars Over Texas (1982)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Look at the Fall Season: It's Still Free and Worth It! (1981)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Christmas Special (1981)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Presents a Celebration With Stars of Comedy and Music (1981)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary TV Special (1981)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Spring Fling of Comedy and Glamour (1981)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Stand Up and Cheer For the National Football League's 60th Year (1981)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Funny Valentine (1981)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Look at TV's Prime Time Wars (1980)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Hope, Women and Song (1980)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Christmas Special (1980)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Birthday Party (1980)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope For President (1980)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours (1980)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Christmas Special (1979)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: The Bob Hope Special From Palm Springs (1978)
Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Special From Australia (1978)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Tribute to the Palace Theater (1978)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Spectacular From Lake Tahoe (1977)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Christmas Special (1977)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Tribute to Vaudeville (1977)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's World of Comedy (1976)
Executive Producer
The Bob Hope Comedy Special (1976)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys" (1976)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Bicentennial Star-Spangled Spectacular (1976)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Presents the Stars of Tomorrow (1975)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope on Campus (1975)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television (1975)
Executive Producer
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Christmas Party (1975)
Executive Producer

Music (Special)

Swing Alive! at the Hollywood Palladium (1996)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's Christmas Show: Hopes For the Holidays (1994)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories (1993)
Song Performer ("Silver Bells")
Bob Hope's Four-Star Christmas Fiesta From San Antonio (1992)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's Christmas Cheer from Saudi Arabia (1991)
Song Performer
Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories (1991)
Song Performer ("Well, Did You Evah")
Bob Hope's USO Road to the Berlin Wall and Moscow (1990)
Song Performer
Ole! It's Bob Hope's Acapulco Spring Fling of Comedy and Music (1990)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's 1990 Christmas Show From Bermuda (1990)
Song Performer
You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story (1990)
Song Performer
Ooh-La-La -- It's Bob Hope's Fun Birthday Spectacular From Paris' Bicentennial (1989)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's Super Bowl Party (1989)
Song Performer
Bob Hope Christmas Special From Waikoloa, Hawaii (1989)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show With the All-America Champs (1988)
Song Performer
NBC Investigates Bob Hope (1987)
Song Performer
Bob Hope With His Beautiful Easter Bunnies and Other Friends (1987)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's Tropical Comedy Special From Tahiti (1987)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance From Sweden (1986)
Song Performer

Special Thanks (Special)

Bob Hope's "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me" (1990)
Book As Source Material

Misc. Crew (Special)

Bob Hope Buys NBC? (1985)
Other

Cast (Short)

Screen Actors (1950)
Himself
Week End in Hollywood (1947)
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
Himself
Shop Talk (1936)
The Old Grey Mayor (1935)
Watch the Birdie (1935)
Double Exposure (1935)
Paree, Paree (1934)
Bob's Busy Day (1934)

Misc. Crew (Short)

The Cinematographer (1951)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1907

Immigrated to USA aged four

1914

Won contest as Chaplin imitator (date approximate)

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

Photo Collections

The Old Grey Mayor - Lobby Card
The Old Grey Mayor - Lobby Card
The Ghost Breakers - Movie Posters
The Ghost Breakers - Movie Posters
The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Publicity Stills
The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Publicity Stills
The Iron Petticoat - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from The Iron Petticoat (1956), starring Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Iron Petticoat - Movie Posters
Here are a number of movie posters from The Iron Petticoat (1956), starring Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn and released by MGM in the United States.
The Iron Petticoat - Publicity Stills
Here are a few stills taken to help publicize the MGM release The Iron Petticoat (1956), starring Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Iron Petticoat - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of The Iron Petticoat (1956), filmed in England and starring Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn.
Road to Utopia - Lobby Cards
Here are some Lobby Cards from Paramount's Road to Utopia (1946), starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Road to Morocco - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Paramount's Road to Morocco (1942), starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Nothing But the Truth - Movie Poster
Here is an original American 1-Sheet movie poster from Paramount's Nothing But the Truth (1941), starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Princess and the Pirate - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from The Princess and the Pirate (1944), starring Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
My Favorite Brunette - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from My Favorite Brunette (1947), starring Bob Hope. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Lemon Drop Kid, The (1951) - Damon Runyon Wrote Joining the prologue, citing Damon Runyon and meeting Bob Hope, title character, a.k.a. Sidney Milburn, hustling two greenhorns (Oliver Blake, Billie Bird) at a Florida track, the remake of the 1934 Lee Tracy version, The Lemon Drop Kid, 1951, also starring Jane Darwell and Lloyd Nolan.
Bachelor In Paradise (1961) - It's Not A Wig Young-married Linda (Paula Prentiss) fails in her attempt to renew romance with husband Larry (Jim Hutton), seeking help from do-gooder Rosemary (Lana Turner), who's already assisting Bob Hope, who still hasn't revealed that he's the reviled writer Niles, in Bachelor In Paradise, 1961.
College Swing (1938) - How'dja Like To Love Me? Just-introduced Martha Raye as Mabel, having just dropped her fake French persona, offering herself as a “Professor of Practical Romance,” for Bob Hope as Bud, who’s now in charge of staffing up the college, cueing an original tune by Burton Lane and Frank Loesser, in Paramount’s College Swing, 1938, starring George Burns and Gracie Allen.
College Swing (1938) - You Will Positively Graduate! After she played her ancestor in a colonial prologue, Gracie Allen is the last member of her wealthy family with the chance 200-years later to take ownership of the college by graduating, and Bob Hope introduces himself as an eager tutor after her fees, early in Paramount’s College Swing, 1938, also starring George Burns.
Princess And The Pirate, The (1944) - Take A Load Off My Eyes Princess Margaret (Virginia Mayo), passenger on a British ship, has complained about the noise being made by Sylvester (Bob Hope), whose rehearsal she interrupts, his first appearance, loaned out from Paramount to Samuel Goldwyn, in the Technicolor hit The Princess And The Pirate, 1944.
Princess And The Pirate, The (1944) - Kiss Me In The Moonlight Actor Sylvester (Bob Hope, on to Samuel Goldwyn from Paramount) still doesn’t believe Margaret (Virginia Mayo) is really a princess but sure needs her to rescue his act before a rowdy pirate crowd, with a song by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson, vocal by Louanne Hogan, her outfit by Mary Grant, the future Mrs. Vincent Price, in The Princess And The Pirate, 1944.
Bachelor In Paradise (1961) - Romance Languages Dropped off by real estate lady co-star Lana Turner, Bob Hope as the under-cover playboy author of racy lifestyle books meets Linda (Paula Prentiss), neighbor in "Paradise Valley," where he's just become the only bachelor and lessee, in Bachelor In Paradise, 1961.
Bachelor In Paradise (1961) - Really Dry Gibson Janis Paige is Dolores, estranged wife of the developer and by far the most forward of the women Niles (Bob Hope, famous playboy writer working under cover in a typical American planned community) will meet, in Bachelor In Paradise, 1961, co-starring Lana Turner.
Road To Morocco (1942) - Two Unidentified Stowaways Explosion at sea and a brief newscast montage surveying 1942 global politics, the introduction of Jeff (Bing Crosby) and Turkey (Bob Hope), opening the third "Road" movie, Road To Morocco.
Road To Morocco (1942) - You Can't Sell Me! Running up a tab in a local cafe, Jeff (Bing Crosby) realizes Turkey (Bob Hope) is a liquid asset, early in the third "Road" movie, Road To Morocco, 1942.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Psychology Of Fear Distant cousins Cicily (Nydia Westman) and actor Wally (Bob Hope) securing their ancestor's creepy bayou mansion, after learning that Joyce (Paulette Goddard), visited by the executor Crosby (George Zucco), got all his money, in the horror-comedy The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Sleep With Those Pebbles Distant relatives Joyce (Paulette Goddard) and radio-actor Wally (Bob Hope), at the spooky bayou mansion where everyone has just learned that she's the sole heir of the owner, are on the trail of jewels said to be stashed on the premises, in The Cat And The Canary, 1939.

Trailer

Give Me A Sailor - (Original Trailer) A series of romantic complications ensue between two brothers in the U.S. Navy and two sisters in Give Me a Sailor (1938) starring Bob Hope and Martha Raye.
Facts of Life, The - (Original Trailer) Suburban marrieds (Bob Hope, Lucille Ball) are tempted to dabble in adultery.
Critic's Choice - (Original Trailer) Bob Hope and Lucille Ball star in the movie Critic's Choice (1962) based on Ira Levin's Broadway comedy hit.
Princess and the Pirate, The - (Original Trailer) A cowardly knight (Bob Hope) rescues a disguised princess from pirates.
Road To Singapore (1940) - (Original Trailer) Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour star in Road To Singapore (1940), the first of their riotous "road" comedies.
My Favorite Blonde - (Original Trailer) Bob Hope gets mixed up with a beautiful blonde spy in My Favorite Blonde (1942), a takeoff of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935).
Ghost Breakers, The - (Original Trailer) Bob Hope has to turn ghostbust...er, ghostbreaker to clear Paulette Goddard's castle in the horror-comedy The Ghost Breakers (1940).
My Favorite Spy (1951) - (Original Trailer) A comedian poses as an international spy to recover mysterious microfilm in My Favorite Spy (1951) starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr.
Road To Morocco - (Original Trailer) Bob Hope and Bing Crosby set off for the Sahara in their best "road" movie, Road To Morocco (1942).
Iron Petticoat, The - (Original Trailer) American Bob Hope shows Russian Katharine Hepburn the bright side of capitalism in The Iron Petticoat (1956)
Bachelor in Paradise - (Original Trailer) A writer moves into a housing development to study married couples in Bachelor in Paradise (1961) with Bob Hope & Lana Turner.
Road To Utopia, The - (Original Trailer) Bob Hope and Bing Crosby set off for Alaska and in-jokes aplenty on The Road To Utopia (1946).

Family

William Henry Hope
Father
Stone mason.
Avis Hope
Mother
Ran boarding-house.
Jim Hope
Brother
Author. Wrote memoir about family, "Mother Had Hopes".
Linda Hope
Daughter
TV producer. Adopted.
Anthony Hope
Son
Adopted.
Kelly Hope
Daughter
Adopted.
Nora Hope
Daughter
Adopted.

Companions

Dolores Hope
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"Bob Hope: The Road Well-Traveled"
Lawrence J Quirk, Applause Books (1998)
"Bob Hope's Dear Prez, I Wanna Tell Ya!"
Bob Hope with Ward Grant (1996)
"Bob Hope's Confessions of a Hooker--My Lifelong Love Affair with Golf"
Bob Hope with Dwayne Newland, Doubleday (1985)
"The Road to Hollywood"
Bob Hope as told to Bob Thomas, Doubleday (1977)
"The Last Christmas Show"
Bob Hope as told to Pete Martin, Doubleday (1974)
"I Owe Russia $1200"
Bob Hope, Doubleday (1963)
"Have Tux Will Travel"
Bob Hope, Simon & Schuster (1954)
"So This Is Peace?"
Bob Hope, Simon & Schuster (1946)
"I Never Left Home"
Bob Hope, Simon & Schuster (1944)
"They've Got Me Covered"
Bob Hope (1941)

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