Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bob Hope

Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903. He made his official film debut in The Big Broadcast of 1938 singing "Thanks for the Memories", which became his signature tune. I saw official because he had bit parts (usually uncredited) in movies starting in 1934.

In partnership with long time friend Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour he appeared in the highly successful "Road to ..." comedies. He also starred in The Facts of Life (1960), Alias Jesse James (1959), My Favorite Spy (1951), My Favorite Blonde (1942), The Ghost Breakers (1940) and many more films.

He entertained the troops overseas in World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War and the Gulf War. In 1997, Congress named Hope an honorary U.S. veteran, citing his decades of entertaining troops around the world. He is the only person to receive that distinction.

He entertained 11 different Presidents, beginning withFranklin D. Roosevelt and ending with Bill Clinton.

Awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.

He won over 1500 awards as a actor, singer, entertainer, humanitarian, and comedian.

Bob Hope passed away at the age of 100 on July 27, 2003.

There will never be another Bob Hope, he was one of a kind.

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