Bob Hope

Bob Hope


5/29/1903, Eltham, London, England, UK



Birth Name

Leslie Townes Hope



Also Known As

Robert Hope, Old Ski Nose
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Legendary entertainer Bob Hope was born in Eltham, London, England the fifth of seven sons. His father William Henry Hope was a stonemason and his mother Avis Townes a singer. Emmigrating to the United States on March 30, 1908 aboard the SS Philadelphia the family settled in Cleveland,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • (November 24, 1987) "The Morning Program" A comedy retrospective featuring past appearances by Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, George Burns, Rich Little and others.

    • (December 18, 1969) Cameo appearance in the NBC special "Together Again for the First Time" with Bing Crosby and Carol Burnett also Juliet Prowse and Roy Clark. Bob Hope pops up among the toy soldiers with a crack about "being where the troops are".

    • (March 20, 1968) "Jack Benny's Carnival Nights" Guests Bob Hope, Lucille, Ball, Danny Thomas, Ben Blue and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Cameo bits with Dean Martin, George Burns, pitcher Don Drysdale and the Smothers Brothers. Benny and Lucy as carnival owners and dealing with their cheap violin playing son Johnny Carson.

    • (November 26, 1976) Appeared on Sears Presents "An All-Star Tribute to John Wayne" hosted by Frank Sinatra with guests Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., James Stewart, Charles Bronson, Glen Campbell, Lee Marvin, Dan Rowan & Dick Martin, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, John Byner, Angie Dickinson, Maureen O'Hara, Claire Trevor, Monty Hall and others.

    • (December 27, 1985) "Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts". Hosted by Walter Cronkite. This eighth annual gala honors American artists including Bob Hope, Merce Cunningham, Irene Dunne, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe and Beverly Sills.

    • (April 4, 1984) "Bob Hope's Who Makes the World Laugh Pt. 2: A Century of Comedy" featuring Lucille Ball, George Burns, Mickey Rooney who join Bob in a tribute to the greatest comedy teams of the past 100 years.

    • (November 22, 1983) Guest on CBS Morning News promoting his TV special "Bob Hope Goes to College". Also on the program was Sargent Shriver.

    • (November 23, 1983) "Bob Hope Goes to College" Special. A tour of six colleges with Morgan Fairchild, Miss America Vanessa Williams, Irene Cara, Eddie Rabbitt, Dionne Warwick, Bonnie Tyler, Taco, Joe Montanna and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

    • (February 27, 1984) "Bob Hope's Wicki Wacky Special From Waikiki". A celebration of comedy and song from the Waikiki Sunset Shell with guest stars Mr. T, Tom Selleck, Loni Anderson and Bonnie DeFinizio, Miss Venus USA.

    • (September 19, 1983) "Bob Hope Salutes Nasa: 25 Years of Reaching For the Stars" special. The space agency's first quarter-century is saluted by the veteran entertainer and guests including John Denver, Marie Osmond and astronauts Sally Ride and Neil Armstrong, with film clips featuring Olivia Newton-John, Perry Como and Prince Charles.

    • (April 20, 1983) Bob Hope takes a look at comedy in America in the TV special "Who Makes the World Laugh?" The comedian traces American humor from Mark Twain to the present with Skip Stephenson, Jonathan Winters, Erma Bombeck and Art Buchwald.

    • (May 3, 1982) Host of Bob Hope's Stars Over Texas Special with Jack Lemmon, Morgan Fairchild, Dottie West and Larry Gatlin who join Bob Hope in a charity performance at the University of Texas at Austin.

    • News story: Bomb Scare at Benefit (12Sep1979). A Kennedy Center charity benefit featuring comedian Bob Hope was interrupted by a bomb threat and delayed for two hours while a bomb squad searched for explosives. The show resumed when no explosives were found. The Tuesday night benefit was sponsored by Migration and Refugee Services to help the "boat people" refugess of Southeast Asia.

    • (September 14, 1979) "Bob Hope on the Road to China" Special. The first variety show to originate from the People's Republic of China with guests Mikhail Baryshnikov, Crystal Gayle, Peaches and Herb, Shields and Yarnell and Big Bird, as well as several Chinese performers.

    • (May 14, 1979) "Bob Hope At the Palladium: A Lifetime of Laughter" Special tribute to the world-famous London Palladium, one of the leading variety showcases for many decades. Bob Hope is the host, guests include Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, Leif Garrett, Susan George and Leslie Uggams.

    • (May 30, 1979) star of TV's "Bob Hope Birthday Special" with his guests the Village People celebrate Hope's 76th birthday aboard the aircraft carrier Iwo Jima.

    • On September 18, 1981, Bob Hope appeared on Good Morning America. From Grand Rapids, Michigan, host David Hartman and Steve Bell guests were former President Gerald R. Ford, Vice President George Bush, Secretary of State Alexander Haig, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Susan Ford and Lady Bird Johnson for the dedication of The Gerald R. Ford Museum.

    • Bob Hope guested on the daytime TV program "Vidal Sassoon's Your New Day" on December 15, 1980.

    • On October 20, 1978 Bob guested on the daily daytime program "AM Zap" hosted by Bob Zappe. Also appearing on the show with Bob Hope were plant expert Jerry Baker and Nanci Glass with Broadway star Gay Marshall.

    • On June 27, 1956 Bob guested on the nighttime television program The Amazing Dunninger.

    • On June 19, 1956 Bob guested on the daytime television series "Home" hosted by Arlene Francis, other guests were Hermione Gingold and Sylvia Sidney.

    • On April 9, 1950 Star Spangled Revue Bob Hope's First TV Special with guests Dinah Shore, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Beatrice Lillie. (90 minutes)

    • On May 28, 1967 on the Chicago based talk show Kup's Corner, Bob Hope almost lost his cool in this one, screened originally on Chicago's WBKB. Irv Kupcinet hosts with guests Fred Friendly, Bob Hope and actor Robert Morley, with a heated verbal battle on Vietnam between hawkish Hope and dove-like Morley.

    • (January 1, 1965) appeared on the television special Little Big Show for March of Dimes featuring Bob Hope, David Janssen, Lena Horne, Robert Taylor among others.

    • On April 7, 1971 Bob guested on the Royal Gala Special taped at a benefit performance for the World Wildlife Fund which took place before an audience of European royalty at the Talk of the Town in London's West End. Rex Harrison hosted with special performances by Bob Hope, Petula Clark, Rudolf Nureyev, Tom Jones, George Kirby.

    • (May 24, 1973) Bob Hope appeared on the ABC Special "The White House Salute to the POW's" with Bob Hope, James Stewart, John Wayne, Sammy Davis Jr. and others join President Richard Nixon at the gala reception.

    • On October 14, 1951 Bob Hope guested on the premiere of "Sound-Off Time" with Dinah Shore, Jack Dempsey and Jerry Colonna.

    • On December 15, 1993 Bob Hope guested on the "John & Leeza From Hollywood" show also starring the Pointer Sisters.

    • On August 20, 1955 Bob made a Radio appearance on The Magic of Music with tunes from his "Seven Little Foys".

    • (April 1, 1962) Bob appeared on the television special "At This Very Moment" with Burt Lancaster hosting this one-hour benefit for the American Cancer Society and the Eleanor Roosevelt Cancer Foundation. Entertaining will be an all-star cast featuring Bob Hope, Harry Belafonte, Richard Chamberlain, Jimmy Durante, Charlton Heston, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Greer Garson, Rock Hudson, Lena Home, Dinah Shore, Danny Thomas, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Edward G. Robinson, the Kingston Trio, President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson  and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.               

    • Bob Hope walked into the Vogue Club on West 57th Street, where a sultry nightclub singer from the Bronx named Dolores Reade was singing "It's Only a Paper Moon". He married Dolores in 1934 and for 69 years until his death, were together.

    • Bob Hope was the first to sing Ira Gershwin's "I Can't Get Started," Cole Porter's "DeLovely," plus "Two Sleepy People," "Silver Bells," "Buttons and Bows" and "Thanks for the Memory," which won the Oscar as best song in his debut film, "The Big Broadcast of 1938," and promptly became his theme song in 59 unbroken years under contract to NBC.

    • "When you're an innovator, and you get old, people forget that you're an innovator, you know?" Jay Leno says in "100 Years of Hope and History," a two-hour retrospective to be broadcast tonight on NBC, 53 years to the month after Mr. Hope's television debut on Easter Sunday, 1950. "And there's a whole generation of people that just remember Bob Hope as `Didn't he used to do some shows for the soldiers?' And they forget. I mean, he's probably the greatest American entertainer of the 20th century."

    • Bob Hope USO Show began in 1948. Bob Hope began a Christmas tradition of touring overseas military bases, eventually filming these shows for television.

    • Bob Hope's Christmas Special of January 15th, 1970 is number 12 on the Most Watched Television Broadcasts List with 37 million viewers and featured Connie Stevens and astronaut Neil Armstrong on the Around the World with the USO theme.

    • In 1997 an act of Congress was signed by President Bill Clinton naming Bob Hope an "Honorary Veteran."

    • Author John Steinbeck and World War II War Correspondent wrote of Bob Hope's USO shows: "When the time for recognition of service to the nation in wartime comes to be considered, Bob Hope should be high on the list. This man drives himself and is driven. It is impossible to see how he can do so much, can cover so much ground, can work so hard, and can be so effective. He works month after month at a pace that would kill most people."

    • Bob Hope became a U.S. citizen in 1920 at the age of seventeen.

    • On September 11, 1963 President John F. Kennedy presented Bob Hope with the Congressional Medal of Honor. The medal reads, "Bob Hope Humorist, Humanitarian, Patriot Presented to Bob Hope by President Kennedy in recognition of his having rendered outstanding service to the cause of Democracy throughout the world."

    • President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded Bob Hope The Presidential Medal of Freedom on his final day in office. Bob Hope's citation noted that, "With his gifts of joy to all the American people, he has written his name large in the history of our times."

    • The Bob Hope Pepsodent Radio Show was the first to broadcast from the Hollywood Canteen on October 13, 1942. Frances Langford sang "At Last". Bette Davis and Bob Hope share friendly banter. Bandleader Skinnay Ennis performs "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo". Jerry Colonna and Vera Vague do a skit. Bob closes with "Thanks for the Memories".

    • President Bush after the passing of lengendary entertainer Bob Hope said, "Bob Hope made us laugh, and he lifted our spirits. Bob Hope served our nation. He went to battlefields to entertain thousands of troops from different generations. We extend our prayers to his family, and we will mourn the loss of a good man. May God bless his soul."

    • Bob Hope was known to visit "Bob's Big Boy" on sleepless nights when he would ask his driver to take him there. He would have a coffee and talk with the customers.

    • In April of 2003, one of Bob Hope's stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was rededicated so to read 'Citizen of the Century', and the corner of Hollywood and Vine dedicated as the Bob Hope Square.

    • Bob Hope is credited with discovering singer Tony Bennett in 1949 when Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village in New York City.

    • Bob Hope made his final film appearance in John Landis' 1985 film Spies Like Us, in a cameo appearance.

    • Bob Hope was the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors in 1985 along with other recipients which included Irene Dunne, Beverly Sills, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Lowe and Merce Cunningham.

    • On October 29, 1961 NBC aired a special The World of Bob Hope narrated by Alexander Scourby. It was the first in a series of specials about prominent Americans.

    • Bob Hope's first Overseas USO show to be broadcast to the United States was telecast on The Colgate Comedy Hour on January 9, 1955. Filmed at Goose Air Base in Labrador and Thule Air Base in Greenland.

    • On December 7, 1954 The Bob Hope Show was telecast from London, England, it was his first TV special broadcast from the land of his birth 51 years prior.

    • On March 27, 1955 Bob Hope appeared on "Entertainment 1955" with Helen Hayes, Judy Holliday, Cesar Romero, Dinah Shore, Fred Allen and others. The program included excerpts from a Broadway play, comedy sketch and music for the opening of NBC-TV's Color City in Burbank, California.

    • In 1998 The New York Times accidentaly printed a Pre-obituary for Bob Hope.

    • Bob Hope appeared in a K-Mart commercial that aired in 1997.

    • Bob Hope was a long-time friend of Bing Crosby. This may seem strange, considering they would continually bash each other on their shows. They would insult each other for laughs.

    • Bob Hope received the 1963 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters, usually given to industry pioneers and developers.

    • Bob Hope was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

    • Bob's height is 5' 11½".

    • Bob Hope is in The Guinness Book of Records as the Most Honored Entertainer and The World's Guinness Book of Records as the Most Decorated Entertainer.

    • At 69 years, Bob's marriage to Dolores Hope holds the record for the longest Hollywood marriage.

    • In 1997, Congress named Bob an honorary U.S. veteran, citing his decades of entertaining troops around the world. He is the only person to receive that distinction.

    • Bob was the Grandfather of actress Leslie Hope.

    • In 1999, Bob became the first to start the tradition of the official lighting of the Christmas Tree in Disneyland. Afterwards, he and Dolores drove their own golf cart down Main Street, through Frontier Land to Club 33 for dinner.

    • Bob graduated from Fairmount High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

    • Bob's first show business job was as a dancer in the 'Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle' vaudeville review in Cleveland in 1924.

    • Bob spent his 99th birthday 29 May 2002, at home in Toluca Lake, CA. Wife Dolores's 93rd birthday was just two day before. Los Angeles National Cemetery dedicated veterans' chapel in his name to salute his lifetime of service entertaining U.S. troops.

    • Bob has two theaters named after him, one in London and another in California.

    • Bob was honored on the 'Dean Martin' Celebrity Roasts in 1974.

    • Bob's wife Dolores was born May 27, 1909. She and Bob celebrated their birthdays on May 28th every year, splitting the difference between their respective real birthdays.

    • Bob was appointed an honorary CBE in 1976.

    • Bob change his name from Leslie to Bob, because in school they would call the roll as 'Hope, Leslie' and classmates shortened it to "Hopeless."

    • Bob's golf buddy was Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather of presidents George Bush and George W. Bush.

    • Bob received 58 honorary degrees.

    • Bob holds two entries in The Guinness Book of World Records. One is for having the distinction of being the entertainer with "the longest running contract with a single network - spanning sixty-one years". The second is for being the "most honored entertainer", with over 1500 awards.

    • In the 1950s, Bob was a part-owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. His guest appearance in I Love Lucy (1951) centered around his attending a Yankees-Indians game at Yankee Stadium.

    • Bob's first big part in the Broadway version of Roberta in 1933.

    • Bob entertained the troops overseas in every war from WWII to the Gulf War with the USO.

    • Bob and his wife had four adopted children: Eleanora "Nora" Avis, Anthony, Linda and Kelly.

    • Bob was married to Dolores Hope from February, 1934 until his death in July, 2003.

    • Bob is the most honored entertainer ever.

    • Bob never received an Oscar.

    • Bob has 4 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    • Bob has hosted the Academy Awards a record 16 times.

  • Quotes

    • (About the chimpanzee that orbited the earth in 1961.)

      Bob: At the same time the chimp was up in the rocket, I was up in a tree looking for a golf ball. I suppose they're trying to tell me something?

    • (Of his movie titled "Bachelor in Paradise).

      Bob: It was based on an idea by Frank Sinatra. (About the Twist) That Peppermint Lounge really swings. One guy had a convulsion and they just applauded. Until last week I thought Chubby Checkers was a fat taxicab.

    • (On why he and Bing Crosby filmed "The Road to Hong Kong" movie in England)

      Bob: Bing insisted on his regular makeup man and NOBODY gets a leave of absence from Madame Tussaud's.

    • (After the extravagant party for Mike Todd's picture "Around the World in Eighty Days", Bob makes this crack to the TV conference in Hollywood).

      Bob: Listen, fellows, let's break it up I've got to fly out to New York City to help Mike Todd with the dishes.

    • Bob Hope: Everything Reagan does, Gorbachev does him one better. Reagan wears the flag of his country on his lapel. Gorby wears the map of his country on his forehead.

    • Bob Hope: (At the Academy Awards) We're all here to celebrate Oscar or as he's known at my house, The Fugitive!

    • Bob Hope: (upon receiving the honorary knighthood) What an honor and what a surprise for a boy born in England, raised in Cleveland and schooled in vaudeville.

    • Bob Hope: (on Vincent Price) He always loved a good joke. Moreover, he was kind enough to laugh at jokes that weren't so good.

    • Bob Hope: (on MGM head Louis B. Mayer) Louis B. Mayer came out west with $28.00, a box camera and an old lion. He built a monument to himself: the Bank of America.

    • Bob Hope: (on Katharine Hepburn) This dame is terrific and expert in her craft and so electrifying on set that if you don't watch out, you're likely to wind up as part of the scenery.

    • Bob Hope: (on Jane Russell) Don't let her fool you. Tangle with her and she'll shingle your attic.

    • Bob Hope: (on Jack Benny) He didn't just stand on the stage. He owned it.

    • Bob Hope: (on Dorothy Lamour) Dottie was fearless. She stands there before the camera and ad libs with Bing Crosby and me, fully knowing the way the script's written, she'll come up second or third best.

    • Bob Hope: I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.

    • Bob Hope: Bigamy is the only crime where two rights make a wrong.

    • Bob Hope: I bumped into Gerald Ford the other day. I said, 'Pardon me.' He said, 'I don't do that anymore.

    • Bob Hope: I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance, waiting for the bathroom.

    • Bob Hope: (at a White House Correspondents Association dinner to President Eisenhower) It is a great pleasure to be here, entertaining our President. Of course, I had to sell all my Paramount stock before I could go on. We were supposed to have smoked tongue for dinner tonight, but Senator Morse was not available. I see Senator McCarthy is here tonight (he wasn't) with his food taster. I first met the President ten years ago in North Africa, where he was a general. He had some authority then.

    • Bob: Golf is my real profession - show business pays my green fees.

    • Bob: I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap.

    • Bob: A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets the other guy live.

    • Bob: A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.

    • Bob: If I had my life to live over again, I wouldn't have the strength. But I'd like to try.

    • Bob: You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.

    • Bob: The terrible thing about growing older is that it lasts so long. You start telling jokes to make a living and one morning you wake up to find you've written the history of half a century. Or your writers have... accidentally.

    • Bob: I do benefits for all religions; I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.

    • Bob: People ask me why I don't retire and go fishing. I have one stock answer that sums it all up. Fish don't applaud.

    • Bob: I come from a family of seven boys, and the only thing we all had in common was that none of us ever won the Academy Award. Of course, the others weren't really trying.

    • Bob: I'm so old, they've canceled my blood type.

    • Bob: I love to see politicians pray. It keeps their hands out where you can see what they're doing.

    • Bob: I left England at the age of four when I found out I couldn't be king.

    • Bob: I have a wonderful make-up crew. They're the same people restoring the Statue of Liberty.

    • Bob: The trees in Siberia are miles apart, that is why the dogs are so fast.

    • Bob: The local drink here is called Anak. It's a great drink. It's fun to take a sip... then sit there and watch your dog tags dissolve.

  • Bob Hope was a master of comedy!

    Bob can one truly describe Bob Hope. He was a hilarious man. He made so many funny movies that I cannot count them, that is without really thinking. His style of humor is very history based. If you don't know what was going on when he said something, then you won't understand the joke. This means that it takes intelligence to find him funny. I feel that he is one of the best comedians ever.

    He never won an Academy Award. That, in fact, was one of his biggest jokes. He used to pretend all the time that he was doing something only to win an Academy Award. He should have. He is without a doubt, one of the funniest men who ever lived!moreless
  • A true master of comedy ...

    Bob Hope was definitely one of the greatest comedians ever, and that ever will be. His timing was genius, and the one-liners were absolutely hilarious.

    I also have an incredible amount of respect for Mr. Hope for all that he did for US Troops while they were away from home during some of the worst times in our history. He gave them hope, and a little taste of home that I'm sure truly helped them get through the rest of their time overseas away from their loved ones.moreless