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Bob Hope ACTOR


Bob Hope was born on May 29th, 1903 with the birth name Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England to a family totaling seven boys.  His father worked as a stonemason and his mother was a aspiring concert singer and who also worked as a house cleaner.
In 1907, his family relocated to Cleveland Ohio, and by 1920, all the boys had received US citizenship.  Growing up, Hope had a variety of jobs to help make money such as a delivery boy for his brothers meat market and a pool hustler, soda jerk and shoe salesman.  As a youngster he entered into talent contests and often won prizes for impersonating Charlie Chaplin.   
After Hope graduated from East High School he took dancing lessons and also helped teach dance part time.  Hope also took a job briefly as a newspaper reporter and tried out amateur boxing. 
In the early twenties he partnered up with his girl friend and later another dancer, George Bryne and began performing dance routines on stage.  In 1925, Hope was spotted by a silent film comedian, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle whom got the pair involved with the Hurley Jolly Follies.   

In 1929, he changed his name to Bob and traveled the vaudeville circuit for five years with his partner and future wife, Grave Louise Troxell.  When the couple decided to try out for a screen test in 1930 for Pathe, they sadly failed the test.
The couple continued working on stage in New York until Bob got the chance at his first film role in, "Going Spanish" (1934) a short subject comedy with Educational Pictures.  He was soon fired from Educational but right away continued his film work in New York starring on twenty minute comedies and musicals at New York's Vitaphone studio from 1934 through 1936.
In 1938, Paramount Pictures approached Hope and offered him a role in the film, "The Big Broadcast of 1938" (1938).  It was during this film and a duet number with Shirley Ross that the trademark song, "Thanks for the Memory" was introduced and became a major hit.
Hope was signed to a contract with Paramount and became one of their biggest male star actors.  During World War II he did a variety of wartime performances for the troops.  On May 6th, 1941, Hope performed his first United Service Organizations show at March Field Base in California.  Throughout the war he continued to travel and entertain troops.   
Hope returned back to acting after the War and continued to work with Paramount through the 1950's.  Between his film work and his life concert performances, he was very well known and making a very decent living in the entertainment industry.
Along with a highly successful musical and film career, Hope was also well liked by the public and was the host of the Academy Awards ceremony for a total of eighteen times between 1939 and 1977.  Hope, himself, never received an Academy Award but he was honored with four honorary awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 
He had a broadcasting career that spanned sixty four years and he did the majority of his work with NBC.  He was on a regular series with NBC Radio for the Woodbury Soap Hour and also had a show called, "The New Swan Show" which later became known as, "The Bob Hope Show" in the 1950's.
Hope was also a major spokesperson for a variety of products such as General Motors, Texaco and Chrysler.  He made appearances on a number of popular television shows such as, "I Love Lucy" (1956) and "The Simpson's" (1992).
Hope was an avid golfer and in 1960, The Bob Hope Classic was founded.  It is currently still the only Fedex Cup tournament that continues to take place over five rounds.  Hope was also very active in a charity known as, Fight For Sight" in which he served as an active honorary chairman and donated $100,000 to establish the Bob Hope Flight for Sight Fund.
As Bob Hope entered into his 9th decade of working in the industry he showed no signs of considering retirement.  Even at the age of ninety five, Hope made an appearance at the 50th anniversary of the Primetime Emmy Awards.  When Hope celebrated his 100th birthday, there was an intersection on the corner of Hollywood and Vine Street in Hollywood, California that became officially named, Bob Hope Square.
Even though he remained in the public eye even up till his passing, Hope did have health issues that began in the year 2000.  He was hospitalized for gastrointestinal bleeding in 2000 and in 2001 was hospitalized again for pneumonia.     
Bob Hope passed away on July 27th, 2003 at the age of 100 in Toluca Lake, California due to pneumonia.   He married twice, first to Grace Louise Troxell whom was his dance partner, from 1933 briefly for just one year.  He then married Dolores Hope from 1934 through his death in 2003.  He was interred in the Bob Hope Memorial Garden at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.  


1988   Highway to Heaven
1986   A Masterpiece of Murder
1985   Spies Like Us 
1980   The Toni Tennille Show
1979   The Muppet Movie 
1977   3 Girls 3
1972   Cancel My Reservation 
1955-1971  The Bob Hope Show 
1969   Roberta
1969   How to Commit Marriage
1968   The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
1968   Carnival Nights 
1968   Get Smart
1967   The Danny Thomas Hour
1967   Eight on the Lam
1963-1966  Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1966   Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! 
1965   I'll Take Sweden 
1964   The Lucy Show
1964   Mr. and Mrs.
1964   A Global Affair 
1963   Call Me Bwana  
1963   Critic's Choice
1962   The Road to Hong Kong  
1961   Bachelor in Paradise  
1960   The Facts of Life  
1959   Alias Jesse James 
1958   Roberta
1958   Paris Holiday  
1957   Beau James 
1956   The Charles Farrell Show 
1956   The Iron Petticoat 
1956   That Certain Feeling  
1956   Showdown at Ulcer Gulch
1955   The Seven Little Foys 
1954   Casanova's Big Night
1953   Here Come the Girls 
1953   Scared Stiff
1953   Off Limits
1952   Road to Bali
1952   Son of Paleface 
1952   The Greatest Show on Earth 
1951   My Favorite Spy 
1951   The Lemon Drop Kid 
1950   Fancy Pants 
1949   The Great Lover 
1949   Sorrowful Jones 
1948   The Paleface 
1947   Road to Rio 
1947   Where There's Life  
1947   My Favorite Brunette  
1946   Monsieur Beaucaire  
1946   Road to Utopia 
1944   The Princess and the Pirate 
1943   Let's Face It 
1943   They Got Me Covered 
1942   Road to Morocco
1942   My Favorite Blonde 
1941   Louisiana Purchase 
1941   Nothing But the Truth 
1941   Caught in the Draft 
1941   Road to Zanzibar 
1940   The Ghost Breakers
1940   Road to Singapore 
1939   The Cat and the Canary
1939   Some Like It Hot 
1939   Never Say Die  
1938   Thanks for the Memory  
1938   Give Me a Sailor 
1938   College Swing 
1938   The Big Broadcast of 1938 
1936   Shop Talk
1935   Double Exposure
1935   Watch the Birdie
1935   Calling All Tars
1934   Paree, Paree
1934   Going Spanish    

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