Bob Hope

Biography

Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons of Avis (Townes), light opera singer, and William Henry Hope, a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. His maternal grandmother was Welsh. Hope moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents to the US in 1908. After some years on the stage as a dancer and comedian, he made his first film appearance in The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938) singing "Thanks for the Memory," which became his signature tune. In partnership with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, he appeared in the highly successful "Road to ..." comedies (1940-1952), and in many others until the early 1970s. During World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars he spent much time entertaining the troops in the field. For these activities and for his continued contributions to the industry he was given a special Academy Award on five occasions.

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Road to Bali

Harold Gridley

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My Favorite Brunette

Ronnie Jackson

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Road to Morocco

Orville 'Turkey' Jackson / Aunt Lucy

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Son of Paleface

Peter 'Junior' Potter Jr.

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The Ghost Breakers

Larry Lawrence

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Road to Utopia

Chester Hooton

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Road to Rio

Hot Lips Barton

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The Lemon Drop Kid

Sidney Milburn (Lemon Drop Kid)

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Road to Zanzibar

Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier

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The Cat and the Canary

Wally Campbell

Starring In
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The Fabulous Allan Carr

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Frank Sinatra. Die Stimme Amerikas

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And the Oscar Goes To...

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Lovelace

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1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

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Inside Deep Throat

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Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Film

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Tiger: The Authorised DVD Collection

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Bush Family Fortunes - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

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Los Angeles Plays Itself

Adam J. Niles in Bachelor in Paradise (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Meine Schwester Maria

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The Kid Stays in the Picture

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America's Favorite Funnyman

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Edith Head: The Paramount Years

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Price for Peace: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki

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Marilyn Monroe - The Final Days

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The Source

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Vaudeville

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Off the Menu - The Last Days of Chasen's

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Forrest Gump

Self - in Vietnam (archive footage) (uncredited)

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That Little Monster

Bob Hope / Bob (uncredited)

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That's Entertainment III

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Liberation

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The Unknown Marx Brothers

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Holiday Greetings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

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Oscar's Greatest Moments

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Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration

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A Masterpiece of Murder

Dan Dolan

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Spies Like Us

Golfer

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The Beach Boys: An American Band

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Hollywood Out-Takes and rare Footage

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This is Elvis

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The Muppet Movie

Ice Cream Vendor

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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

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Hearts and Minds

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Cancel My Reservation

Dan Bartlett

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Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About?

Self

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Swing Out, Sweet Land

Self - Entertaining Troops at Valley Forge

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I Due Kennedy

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How to Commit Marriage

Frank Benson

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The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell

Sgt. Dan O'Farrell

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Eight on the Lam

Henry Dimsdale

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Danny Thomas Special: On the Road to Lebanon

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Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!

Thomas J. 'Tom' Meade

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The Oscar

Bob Hope (uncredited)

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I'll Take Sweden

Bob Holcomb

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A Global Affair

Frank Larrimore

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El Amo de la Selva

Matt

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Critic's Choice

Parker Ballantine

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The Road to Hong Kong

Chester Babcock

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Bachelor in Paradise

Adam J. Niles

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The Facts of Life

Larry Gilbert

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Alias Jesse James

Milford Farnsworth

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The Five Pennies

Guest (uncredited)

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Paris Holiday

Robert Leslie Hunter

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Geisha Boy

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Beau James

Mayor James J. 'Jimmy' Walker

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The Iron Petticoat

Major Charles "Chuck" Lockwood

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That Certain Feeling

Francis X. Dignan

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The Seven Little Foys

Eddie Foy

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Cassanova's Big Night

Pippo Popolino

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Scared Stiff

Skeleton (uncredited)

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Road to Bali

Harold Gridley

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Son of Paleface

Peter 'Junior' Potter Jr.

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Off Limits

Wally Hogan

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The Lemon Drop Kid

Sidney Milburn (Lemon Drop Kid)

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Spione, Liebe und die Feuerwehr

Peanuts White / Eric Augustine

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Fancy Pants

Humphrey / Arthur Tyler

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The Great Lover

Freddie Hunter

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Sorrowful Jones

Humphrey 'Sorrowful' Jones

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The Paleface

'Painless' Peter Potter

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Road to Rio

Hot Lips Barton

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Variety Girl

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My Favorite Brunette

Ronnie Jackson

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Where There's Life

Michael Joseph Valentine

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Monsieur Beaucaire / Where There's Life

Monsieur Beaucaire

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Road to Utopia

Chester Hooton

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The Story of G.I. Joe

Himself (voice on radio program) (voice) (uncredited)

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Hollywood Victory Caravan

Bob Hope

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The Princess and the Pirate

Sylvester the Great

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They Got Me Covered

Robert Kittredge

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Let's Face It

Jerry Walker

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Road to Morocco

Orville 'Turkey' Jackson / Aunt Lucy

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My Favorite Blonde

Larry Haines

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Caught in the Draft

Don Bolton

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Road to Zanzibar

Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier

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Bob Hope Tribute Collection - Louisiana Purchase / Never Say Die Double Feature

Jim Taylor

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Nothing But the Truth

Steve Bennett

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Road to Singapore

Ace Lannigan

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The Ghost Breakers

Larry Lawrence

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Never Say Die

John Kidley

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The Cat and the Canary

Wally Campbell

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Some Like It Hot

Nicky Nelson

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College Swing

Bud Brady

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The Big Broadcast of 1938

Buzz Fielding

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Thanks for the Memory

Steve Merrick

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Give Me a Sailor

Jim Brewster

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The Old Grey Mayor

Bob

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Going Spanish

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