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Bob Hope was a British-born American entertainer, actor, radio personality and comedian

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 29, 1903
Died onJuly 27, 2003
NationalityAmerican
FamousIlluminati Members, Dancers, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Comedians, Theater Personalities, Entertainers
SpousesDolores Hope (m. 1934–2003), Grace Louise Troxell (m. 1933–1934)
SiblingsJack Hope
Known asLeslie Townes Hope
Childrens Anthony J. Hope, Eleanora Hope, Linda Hope, William Kelly Francis Hope
Universities
  • Fairmount High School
  • Cleveland
  • OH
Birth PlaceEltham
ReligionRoman Catholic
GenderMale
FatherWilliam Henry Hope
MotherAvis Townes Hope
Sun SignGemini
Born inEltham
Famous asComedian
Died at Age100

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Who is Bob Hope?

Perhaps no other person in the history of the entertainment industry has traveled so far tirelessly across the globe to entertain service men at war other than Bob Hope. The media named him ‘America's No. 1 Soldier in Greasepaint’ and the US Congress conferred him the title of the ‘first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces’. He was most noted for his shows that entertained the American military personnel and boosted their morale at time of war. All through the World War II, his radio shows were performed and aired from military bases and combat areas. One of the most recognized talents in the world, Hope performed on Broadway, movies and went on tours with the U.S Military. He was known for his fast wit and great humor. In a career that spanned over 60 years, Hope received over two thousand honors and awards that includes 54 honorary doctorates. He appeared in more than 70 films and hosted the Academy Awards fourteen times. Apart from being the king of all media, Hope was also an ardent golfer a boxer and baseball player.

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Childhood & Early Life

Leslie Townes Hope was born in Eltham, a district in South East London to William Henry Hope, a sculpture and stone craftsman and Avis Townes, a light opera singer.

In 1908, his family moved to the United States and settled down in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended the Boys Industrial School.

By the age of 12, he started earning his pocket money by singing, dancing, and performing comedy and he also won a prize for his impersonation of comic legend Charlie Chaplin.

As a teenager, he worked as a lineman and a butcher’s assistant and continued to work until his early twenties, while he simultaneously attended dance classes with his girlfriend, Millie Rosequist.

In 1925, along with girlfriend, Millie Rosequist, he became a part of a touring dance troupe called ‘Hurley's Jolly Follies’.

He founded the comedic dance-and-act group ‘Dancemedians’ with George Byrne and the Hilton Sisters.

Career

In 1933, he played the role of ‘Huckleberry Haines’ in the Broadway show ‘Roberta’ that opened at the New Amsterdam Theater, New York.

In 1934, after he had signed a six year contract with Educational Pictures, New York, he starred in the short comedy film ‘Going Spanish’.

In 1937, he became a part of the regular NBC radio series ‘Woodbury Soap Hour’ after which he starred in the popular radio program ‘The Pepsodent Show’.

In 1938, he moved to Hollywood, after he signed the film ‘The Big Broadcast of 1938’ with Paramount Pictures. The movie featured the song ‘Thanks for the Memory’, a line that became his trademark signature tune later.

He also appeared in movies like ‘Comedy Swing’, ‘Give Me a Sailor’, ‘Thanks for the Memory’, ‘Never Say Die’, ‘Some Like It Hot’ and ‘The Cat and the Canary’.

In 1940, he starred in the box office hit ‘Road to Singapore’, a film that launched his career in the movies.

In 1947, he played the role of ‘Ronnie Jackson’ in the comedy film ‘My Favorite Brunette’, directed by Elliott Nugent.

In 1948, he starred in the Western comedy film ‘The Paleface’, directed by Norman Z. McLeod.

From 1950, he hosted and appeared in many NBC television programmes like ‘The Star-Spangled Revue’, ‘The Bob Hope Show’ and ‘I Love Lucy’.

From 1963 to 1967, he hosted the popular award winning NBC anthology series ‘Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater’.

From 1970 to 1971, he did special Christmas programmes for the NBC network. These programmes were filmed in Vietnam in front of military audiences at the height of the war.

In 1972, he made his last appearance in the movies with the poorly received film ‘Cancel My Reservation’.

Major Works

The popular song ‘Thanks for the Memory’, for which he gave the vocals won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and became his signature tune, which he adapted for future projects.

His 1970 and 1971 Christmas specials for NBC filmed in Vietnam are on the list of the ‘Top 30 U.S. Network Prime time Telecasts of All Time’. The shows were watched by more than 60 per cent of the U.S. households.

Awards & Achievements

In 1941, he received the Academy Honorary Award ‘in recognition of his unselfish services to the motion picture industry’.

In 1945, he received the Academy Honorary Award ‘for his many services to the Academy’.

In 1953, he received the Academy Honorary Award ‘for his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise’.

In 1958, he received the Special Golden Globe Award for the category of ‘An Ambassador of Goodwill’.

At the 1960 Academy Awards he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

In 1963, he was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Award ceremony.

In 1963, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by then-President John F. Kennedy for ‘service to his country’.

In 1966, he received the Academy Honorary Award ‘for unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy’.

In 1966, he received the Primetime Emmy Award for the category of ‘Outstanding Variety Special’ for ‘Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater’.

On June 10, 1980, he was conferred the United States Air Force Order of the Sword, he is the only civilian to receive this honor.

Personal Life & Legacy

He was a boxer for a brief period, after which he also played golf.

In 1933, he married Grace Louise Troxell, his vaudeville partner and the couple divorced in 1934.

In 1934, he married Dolores Reade and the couple adopted four children. They remained together until his death.

In 2000, he was hospitalized for gastrointestinal bleeding and the following year he suffered from pneumonia.

He was the chairman of ‘Fight For Sight’, a non-profit organization that funds medical research in vision and ophthalmology.

He died at the age of 100 at his home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles and he was laid to rest at the Memorial Garden at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles.

In 1997, ‘USNS Bob Hope’, the U.S. Military Sealift Command was named in his honor.

The Bob Hope Classic, a professional golf tournament played annually in California was named in his honor.

Trivia

This Academy Award winning American comedian, film and radio personality had the reputation of being a womanizer and had many extra marital affairs.

This Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actor and comedian had an extra marital affair with actress Barbara Payton, whom he had to a pay a huge sum of money in order to end the affair.

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Bob Hope awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

1966Outstanding Variety SpecialBob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)

People's Choice Awards

1985All-Time Favorite EntertainerWinner
1978Favorite All-Around Male EntertainerWinner
1977Favorite All-Around Male EntertainerWinner
1976Favorite All-Around Male EntertainerWinner
1975Favorite All-Around Male EntertainerWinner

Bob Hope biography timelines

  • // 29th May 1903
    Leslie Townes Hope was born in Eltham, a district in South East London to William Henry Hope, a sculpture and stone craftsman and Avis Townes, a light opera singer.
  • // 1908
    In 1908, his family moved to the United States and settled down in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended the Boys Industrial School.
  • // 1925
    In 1925, along with girlfriend, Millie Rosequist, he became a part of a touring dance troupe called ‘Hurley's Jolly Follies’.
  • // 1933
    In 1933, he played the role of ‘Huckleberry Haines’ in the Broadway show ‘Roberta’ that opened at the New Amsterdam Theater, New York.
  • // 1933 To 1934
    In 1933, he married Grace Louise Troxell, his vaudeville partner and the couple divorced in 1934.
  • // 1934
    In 1934, after he had signed a six year contract with Educational Pictures, New York, he starred in the short comedy film ‘Going Spanish’.
  • // 1934 To 2003
    In 1934, he married Dolores Reade and the couple adopted four children. They remained together until his death.
  • // 1937
    In 1937, he became a part of the regular NBC radio series ‘Woodbury Soap Hour’ after which he starred in the popular radio program ‘The Pepsodent Show’.
  • // 1938
    In 1938, he moved to Hollywood, after he signed the film ‘The Big Broadcast of 1938’ with Paramount Pictures. The movie featured the song ‘Thanks for the Memory’, a line that became his trademark signature tune later.
  • // 1940
    In 1940, he starred in the box office hit ‘Road to Singapore’, a film that launched his career in the movies.
  • // 1941
    In 1941, he received the Academy Honorary Award ‘in recognition of his unselfish services to the motion picture industry’.
  • // 1945
    In 1945, he received the Academy Honorary Award ‘for his many services to the Academy’.
  • // 1947
    In 1947, he played the role of ‘Ronnie Jackson’ in the comedy film ‘My Favorite Brunette’, directed by Elliott Nugent.
  • // 1948
    In 1948, he starred in the Western comedy film ‘The Paleface’, directed by Norman Z. McLeod.
  • // 1950
    From 1950, he hosted and appeared in many NBC television programmes like ‘The Star-Spangled Revue’, ‘The Bob Hope Show’ and ‘I Love Lucy’.
  • // 1953
    In 1953, he received the Academy Honorary Award ‘for his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise’.
  • // 1958
    In 1958, he received the Special Golden Globe Award for the category of ‘An Ambassador of Goodwill’.
  • // 1960
    At the 1960 Academy Awards he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
  • // 1963 To 1967
    From 1963 to 1967, he hosted the popular award winning NBC anthology series ‘Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater’.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, he was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Award ceremony.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by then-President John F. Kennedy for ‘service to his country’.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he received the Academy Honorary Award ‘for unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy’.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he received the Primetime Emmy Award for the category of ‘Outstanding Variety Special’ for ‘Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater’.
  • // 1970 To 1971
    From 1970 to 1971, he did special Christmas programmes for the NBC network. These programmes were filmed in Vietnam in front of military audiences at the height of the war.
  • // 1970 To 1971
    His 1970 and 1971 Christmas specials for NBC filmed in Vietnam are on the list of the ‘Top 30 U.S. Network Prime time Telecasts of All Time’. The shows were watched by more than 60 per cent of the U.S. households.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, he made his last appearance in the movies with the poorly received film ‘Cancel My Reservation’.
  • // 10th Jun 1980
    On June 10, 1980, he was conferred the United States Air Force Order of the Sword, he is the only civilian to receive this honor.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, ‘USNS Bob Hope’, the U.S. Military Sealift Command was named in his honor.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he was hospitalized for gastrointestinal bleeding and the following year he suffered from pneumonia.
  • // 27th Jul 2003
    He died at the age of 100 at his home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles and he was laid to rest at the Memorial Garden at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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Bob Hope's FAQ

  • What is Bob Hope birthday?

    Bob Hope was born at 1903-05-29

  • When was Bob Hope died?

    Bob Hope was died at 2003-07-27

  • Where was Bob Hope died?

    Bob Hope was died in Toluca Lake

  • Which age was Bob Hope died?

    Bob Hope was died at age 100

  • Where is Bob Hope's birth place?

    Bob Hope was born in Eltham

  • What is Bob Hope nationalities?

    Bob Hope's nationalities is American

  • Who is Bob Hope spouses?

    Bob Hope's spouses is Dolores Hope (m. 1934–2003), Grace Louise Troxell (m. 1933–1934)

  • Who is Bob Hope siblings?

    Bob Hope's siblings is Jack Hope

  • Who is Bob Hope childrens?

    Bob Hope's childrens is Anthony J. Hope, Eleanora Hope, Linda Hope, William Kelly Francis Hope

  • What was Bob Hope universities?

    Bob Hope studied at Fairmount High School, Cleveland, OH

  • What is Bob Hope's religion?

    Bob Hope's religion is Roman Catholic

  • Who is Bob Hope's father?

    Bob Hope's father is William Henry Hope

  • Who is Bob Hope's mother?

    Bob Hope's mother is Avis Townes Hope

  • What is Bob Hope's sun sign?

    Bob Hope is Gemini

  • How famous is Bob Hope?

    Bob Hope is famouse as Comedian