Bob Hope

Mostly Credited As: Bob Hope
Sometimes Credited As: Robert Hope
Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
Bob Hope & Bing Crosby
Hope and Crosby
Hope & Crosby

Birth Name: Leslie Townes Hope
Date Of Birth: May 29, 1903 (Age 100)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Eltham, London, England
Date Of Death: July 27, 2003
Cause Of Death: Pneumonia (Toluca Lake, CA)
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Bob Hope

What can anyone say about the man who may be the most popular entertainer in the history of Western civilization? Having conquered every conceivable medium, he approaches the twenty-first century with characteristic energy and enthusiasm, although age has slowed him up somewhat in recent years. He began his show-business life as a vaudeville comedian, and his machine-gun delivery of jokes quickly earned him the nickname "Rapid Robert." Hope worked his way to Broadway by the early 1930s, and made numerous comedy shorts in New York studios through mid-decade, including a generally mediocre series for WarnerVitaphone. A radio regular, he was starring on "The Pepsodent Show" by 1938; that same year he made his feature-film debut in Paramount's The Big Broadcast of 1938 in which he and Shirley Ross sang the wistful "Thanks for the Memory," which became (and remains) his signature tune. Paramount knew it had a hot property, and kept Hope busy in such light fare as College Swing, Thanks for the Memory (both 1938), Some Like It Hot (no relation to the Tony Curtis-Jack Lemmon-Marilyn Monroe film), and Never Say Die (both 1939) before dusting off and retailoring the old barnstorming thriller The Cat and the Canary (1939) for him. In that film, playing a wisecracking ham actor whose scaredy-cat antics and topical references delighted movie audiences, Hope delivered what could be called his prototypical performance, delineating a screen persona that served him well for more than 30 years.P>Cat's success led to another chiller, The Ghost Breakers (1940), which reunited him with Cat costar Paulette Goddard. That same year he joined forces with crooner Bing Crosby and sarong-clad siren Dorothy Lamour in Road to Singapore a modest program picture that became a sleeper hit, due in no small way to Hope's easy rapport with Crosby and their breezy, often ad-libbed repartee. Over the next two decades they found themselves on the respective roads to ...Zanzibar (1941), ...Morocco (1942), ...Utopia (1945), ...Rio (1947), ...Bali (1952), and ...Hong Kong (1962), each outing screwier than the last. Hope and Crosby also made frequent cameos in each other's solo starring films, and carried on a genial bantering "feud" for years.

Other Hope hits during the 1940s include Caught in the Draft, Louisiana Purchase, Nothing But the Truth (all 1941), My Favorite Blonde (1942), Let's Face It, They Got Me Covered (both 1943), The Princess and the Pirate (1944, the first of many period pictures brightened by Hope's anachronistic, contemporary references), Monsieur Beaucaire (1946), My Favorite Brunette (1947), and a blockbuster Western spoof, The Paleface (1948), which introduced an Oscar-winning song ("Buttons and Bows") and spawned a sequel, Son of Paleface in 1952.

Hope made his first TV special for NBC in 1950, beginning an uninterrupted, fourdecade-plus run on that network. His film work during the 1950s, while still entertaining, wasn't quite up to his 1940s output, although he did broaden his appeal by taking occasional dramatic roles.Fancy Pants (1950, the first of several comedies that paired him with Lucille Ball), The Lemon Drop Kid, My Favorite Spy (both 1951), Here Come the Girls (1953), The Seven Little Foys (1955, a straight role as vaudevillian Eddie Foy, Sr.), That Certain Feeling, The Iron Petticoat (both 1956), Beau James (1957, another dramatic role, as scapegrace New York mayor Jimmy Walker), Paris Holiday (1958), Alias Jesse James (1959), The Facts of Life (1960), Bachelor in Paradise (1961), Critic's Choice and Call Me Bwana (both 1963) all have elements to recommend them, even if they are inferior to Hope's 1940s vehicles.

As he grew older (and devoted more of his life to TV work and entertaining U.S. troops in the Far East), the quality of his starring films deteriorated rapidly, resulting in such lame comedies as A Global Affair (1964), I'll Take Sweden (1965), Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966), Eight on the Lam (1967), The Private Navy of Sergeant O'Farrell (1968), How to Commit Marriage (1969, opposite fellow TV icon Jackie Gleason), and Cancel My Reservation (1972, mercifully his final starring feature). He did contribute a very Hope-like cameo to the Chevy Chase-Dan Aykroyd comedy Spies Like Us (1985). He spent many years as the host of the annual Academy Awards ceremonies ("Or as it's known at my house, Passover," he once quipped, though in fact he did receive four honorary Oscars). Hope has written (or, at least, is credited with writing) several humorous memoirs, including "I Never Left Home," "Have Tux-Will Travel," "I Owe Russia $1200," "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me," and "The Last Christmas Show." His wife, Dolores, sometimes appears with him on his TV specials, and his granddaughter, Leslie, has acted in a few films, including It Takes Two, Talk Radio (both 1988), and Men at Work (1990).

Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963)As: Host
The Chey Show (1955) (1955)As: Himself
The Academy Awards (1953)As: Himself (Host/Co-Host 1940-1943/1945-1946/1953/1955/1958-1962/1965-1968/1975/1978)
Chesterfield Sound Off Time (1951)As: Himself (Alternate Host)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 65th Annual Academy Awards 41x01: (Mar/29/1993) As Special Guest, [Uncredited]
  The 61st Annual Academy Awards 37x01: (Mar/29/1989) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 58th Annual Academy Awards 34x01: (Mar/24/1986) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 55th Annual Academy Awards 31x01: (Apr/11/1983) As Presenter, [Featuring]

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Lisa the Beauty Queen 04x04: (Oct/15/1992) Voiced  Himself 

Pebble Mill (1991) 
  Series 1, Show 7 01x07: (Oct/22/1991) As Himself 

Roseanne (1988) 
  Tolerate Thy Neighbor 04x05: (Oct/15/1991) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  Show #4140 28x95: (Apr/06/1990) As Himself 
  751015 14x02: (Oct/15/1975) As Himself 

The Jim Henson Hour (1989) 
  The Ratings Game 01x05: (May/14/1989) As Himself 

The Golden Girls (1985) 
  You Gotta Have Hope 04x17: (Feb/25/1989) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Highway to Heaven (1984) 
  Heaven Nose, Mister Smith 04x23: (Mar/30/1988) As Sycopomp 

The Kennedy Center Honors (1978) 
  8th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 08x01: (Dec/27/1985) As Himself (Honoree) 

Late Night With David Letterman (1982) 
  850930 04x22: (Sep/30/1985) As Himself 

Breakfast Time (UK) (1983) 
  Episode 179 01x179: (Sep/22/1983) As Himself 

Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (1980) 
  Season 1, Episode 6 01x06: (Jan/03/1981) As Himself 

Donny and Marie (1976) 
  GUESTS: CHERYL LADD, BOB HOPE, RUTH BUZZI 03x07: (Nov/11/1977) As Himself 

The Muppet Show (1976) 
  Bob Hope 02x21: (Jan/30/1978) As Himself 

The Sonny & Cher Show (1976) 
  Show 14 02x03: (Oct/10/1976) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Captain and Tennille (1976) 
  Show #2 01x02: (Sep/27/1976) As Himself 

Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1973) 
  Bob Hope 01x26: (Oct/31/1974) As Himself 

The Odd Couple (1970) (1970) 
  The Hollywood Story 05x04: (Oct/03/1974) As Himself 

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969) 
  Bob Hope, Dionne Warwick, Smothers Brothers 04x02: (Sep/21/1971) As Himself 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #93 05x01: (Sep/13/1971) As Himself 
  Episode #42 03x02: (Sep/22/1969) As Himself 
  Episode #17 02x03: (Sep/30/1968) As Himself 
  Episode #15 02x01: (Sep/16/1968) As Himself 

This Is Your Life (UK) (1955) 
  Bob Hope 11x01: (Nov/18/1970) As Himself 

Make Room for Granddaddy (1970) 
  Is This Trip Necessary? 01x06: (Oct/28/1970) As Himself 

This Is Tom Jones (1969) 
  Episode #3.3 03x03: (Oct/09/1970) As Himself 
  Episode #2.23 02x23: (Mar/05/1970) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Tom Jones 24x01: (Sep/20/1970) As Himself 
  80th Birthday Salute to Irving Berlin 21x34: (May/05/1968) As Himself 
  Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Ella Fitzgerald 16x31: (May/05/1963) As Himself 
  Brigitte Bardot, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly 15x03: (Oct/01/1961) As Himself 

The Johnny Cash Show (1969) 
  Season 1, Episode 21 01x21: (Feb/25/1970) As Himself 

The Andy Williams Show (1969) (1969) 
  Bob Hope / Dusty Springfield / James Garner / Osmond Brothers 01x11: (Nov/29/1969) As Himself 

The Barbara McNair Show (1969) 
  Bob Hope / Jeannine Burnier / Joanie Sommers 01x10: (Nov/16/1969) As Himself 

The Hollywood Palace (1964) 
  Host: Bing Crosby / Bob Hope / Bobbie Gentry 06x13: (Jan/04/1969) As Himself 

Get Smart (1965) (1965) 
  99 Loses CONTROL 03x19: (Feb/17/1968) As Room Service Waiter 

The Danny Thomas Hour (1967) 
  The Bob Hope Variety Hour (2) 01x21: (Feb/12/1968) As Himself 
  The Bob Hope Variety Hour (1) 01x06: (Oct/16/1967) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Lena Horne / Andrews Sisters / Don Rickles 03x12: (Nov/30/1967) As Himself 
  Bob Hope / Joel Grey / Juliet Prowse / Pete Fountain / The Lively Set 01x19: (Feb/03/1966) As Himself 

Kraft Music Hall (1958) 
  The Phyllis Diller Happening 10x06: (Oct/25/1967) As Himself 

The Merv Griffin Show (1962) 
  Episode dated 15 May 1967 03x??: (May/15/1967) As Himself 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Russian Roulette 03x07: (Nov/17/1965) As Les Haines 
  Have Girls Will Travel 02x03: (Oct/16/1964) As Horaito Lovelace 
  Her School For Bachelors 01x22: (Mar/20/1964) As Monte Collins 

The Jack Benny Program (1950) 
  Jack Makes a Comedy Record 15x05: (Oct/23/1964) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Jack and Bob Hope in Vaudeville 13x10: (Dec/04/1962) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Stars' Wives Show 09x04: (Nov/02/1958) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Hope and Benny in Agent's Office 07x12: (Feb/24/1957) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Lucy Show (1962) 
  Lucy and the Plumber 03x02: (Sep/28/1964) As Tuttle's Assistant 

The DuPont Show of the Week (1961) 
  USO -- Wherever They Go! 01x04: (Oct/08/1961) As Himself 

This Is Your Life (1952) (1952) 
  Jayne Mansfield 08x15: (Dec/18/1960) As Himself 
  Johnny Grant 08x14: (Dec/11/1960) As Himself 

Make Room for Daddy (1953) 
  Bob Hope and Danny Become Directors 06x17: (Jan/26/1959) As Himself 
  The Bob Hope Show 05x14: (Jan/06/1958) As Himself 

The Thin Man (1957) 
  Lost Last Chapter 02x04: (Nov/14/1958) As Himself 

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  NBC Fall Preview 04x03: (Sep/21/1958) As Himself 
  Season 3, Episode 30 03x30: (Apr/20/1958) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 9 02x09: (Nov/18/1956) As Himself 
  Premiere 01x01: (Jun/24/1956) As Himself 

The Dick Clark Show (1958) 
  Mickey and Sylvia / Link Wray / Dicky Doo and The Don'ts / Jan and Arnie / Bob Hope / Pat Suzuki 01x13: (May/10/1958) As Himself 

What's My Line? (US) (1950) 
  EPISODE #410 09x33: (Apr/13/1958) As Mystery Guest 
  EPISODE #236 06x15: (Dec/12/1954) As Mystery Guest #2 

The Frank Sinatra Show (1957) 
  Bob Hope, Kim Novak & Peggy Lee 01x01: (Oct/18/1957) As Himself 

I Love Lucy (1951) 
  Lucy and Bob Hope 06x01: (Oct/01/1956) As Himself 

Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium (1955) 
  December 11 1955 01x12: (Dec/11/1955) As Himself 

The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) 
  Bob Hope 03x38: (Jun/14/1953) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]
  ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM 06x09: (Nov/27/1955) As Himself 
  Bob Hope 05x13: (Jan/09/1955) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]
  Bob Hope 03x35: (May/24/1953) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

The Milton Berle Show (1948) 
  Season 6, Episode 26 06x26: (Jun/08/1954) As Himself 
  Season 3, Episode 14 03x14: (Dec/19/1950) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Episode Crew

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
Russian Roulette 03x07 Nov/17/1965 As: Story
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Bob Hope: I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom.

Bob Hope: I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap.

Bob Hope: I do benefits for all religions - I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.

Bob Hope: A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets the other guy live.

Bob Hope: A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.

Bob was a master mason.

At 69 years, Bob's marriage to Dolores Hope holds the record for the longest Hollywood marriage.

In 1997, Congress named Bob an honorary U.S. veteran, citing his decades of entertaining troops around the world. He is the only person to receive that distinction.

Bob was the Grandfather of actress Leslie Hope.

In 1999, Bob became the first to start the tradition of the official lighting of the Christmas Tree in Disneyland. Afterwards, he and Dolores drove their own golf cart down Main Street, through Frontier Land to Club 33 for dinner.

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Bob Hope Quotes
Golf is my real profession - show business pays my greens fees.

You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.

People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.