Bob Hope was an actor and comedian. Born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, London, England. He emigrated with his parents to the USA in 1907. After years in vaudeville and on the stage as a dancer and comedian, he made his first film appearance in "The Big Broadcast" of 1938 singing "Thanks for the Memory," which became his signature tune. He is perhaps best known for his series of "Road to..." movies which co-starred Bing Crosby and Dorthy Lamour. He was also accomplished in radio, an avid golfer, and was named comedian of the century. Bob Hope traveled extensively for the USO and every Christmas season entertained US military troops around the world, beginning in the 1940s; from World War II until the Gulf War. Married to Dolores Reade-Hope for 69 years, and recipient of multiple awards and honors bestowed on him for his work in entertainment and humanitarian issues. One of the most popular entertainers in the history of Western civilization, he died July 27, 2003, at his home in California, nearly 8 weeks after he celebrated his 100th birthday.
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