Bob Hope

Bob HopeBorn: 29 May 1903
Died: 27 July 2003











Actor and comedian Bob Hope was born on this day in 1903.

He began his career on stage in Vaudeville shows and Broadway productions before signing a contract with Educational Pictures in New York. When his contract ended he moved to Hollywood and signed with Paramount Pictures, appearing in his first feature film The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938). His first starring role was in Give Me a Sailor (1938).

The film Thanks for the Memory (1938) saw him duet with Shirley Ross in the title song of the film, a song which would become his trademark.

Hope is best known for his series of ‘Road’ films which saw him starring alongside Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour and featured seven titles made between 1940 and 1962 – Road to Singapore (1940), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Road to Morocco (1942), Road to Utopia (1946), Road to Rio (1947), Road to Bali (1952) and The Road to Hong Kong (1962).

Other films he is known for include Some Like it Hot (1939) and My Favorite Brunette (1947).

Hope was celebrated for his work entertaining the US troops serving overseas, making 57 tours between 1941 and 1991, and also known for his hosting of the Academy Awards. He hosted a total of fourteen time, more than any other host, and while he never received a nomination he did receive the following Academy Honorary Awards:

  • 1940 – Special Award ‘in recognition of his unselfish services to the motion picture industry’
  • 1944 – Special Award ‘for his many services to the Academy’
  • 1952 – Honorary Award ‘for his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise’
  • 1959 – Jean Hershel Humanitarian Award
  • 1965 – Honorary Award ‘for unique and distinguished service to the industry and the Academy’

Read more at The Internet Movie Database

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