|Bob Hope Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||May 29, 1903|
Bob Hope was an English-American stand-up comedian, singer, dancer, author, athlete, and vaudevillian. He was best known for his acting career that spanned nearly 80 years, between 1919 and 1997, during which he appeared in more than 54 feature films as a star. His best-known role was that in the series of 7 movies, 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).
Leslie Townes Hope
Bob, Les, Packy East
Bob Hope was born on May 29, 1903.
Bob Hope died on July 27, 2003, aged 100, due to pneumonia at his home in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. He was temporarily buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States. United States Congress passed the Bob Hope Arlington Honors Act of 2003, which allowed his remains to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, United States, as an honorary veteran of the United States Military.
Eltham, Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom
Bob attended Boys Industrial School in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.
He dropped out of school at the age of 16.
Stand-Up Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Athlete, Author, Vaudevillian
- Father – William Henry Hope (Stonemason)
- Mother – Avis Townes Hope (Light Opera Singer, Charwoman)
- Siblings – Jack Hope (Older Brother) (Film Producer, Television Producer), Frederick Hope (Brother), Sidney Hope (Brother), George Hope (Brother), Ivor Hope (Brother), James Hope (Brother)
- Others – James Alfred Hope (Paternal Grandfather), Emily Collard (Paternal Grandmother), John Townes (Maternal Grandfather), Margaret Lewis (Maternal Grandmother), James English (Paternal Great-Grandfather), Elizabeth Betsy Hopes (Paternal Great-Grandmother), William Collard (Paternal Great-Grandfather), Elizabeth Watts (Paternal Great-Grandmother)
Traditional Pop, Comedy, Easy Listening
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Bob Hope has dated –
- Jeanne Carmen – Rumor
- Marilyn Maxwell – Rumor
- Millie Rosequist (1925)
- Grace Louise Troxell (1932-1934) – After a year of dating, he married a secretary, Grace Louise Troxell, on January 25, 1933. In November 1934, the pair divorced.
- Dolores Reade (1933-2003) – Bob was married to a singer, entertainer, and philanthropist Dolores Reade between 1934 and his death in 2003. They had 4 adopted children – Anthony J. Hope, William Kelly Francis Hope, Eleanora Hope, and Linda Hope. He also had a grandson named Zach Hope and a granddaughter named Miranda Hope.
- Veronica Lake (1943)
- Barbara Payton (1949)
- Gloria DeHaven (1953)
- Janis Paige (1953-1954)
- Joey Heatherton (1965-1966)
Race / Ethnicity
He was of Welsh and English descent.
Ski shaped nose
Bob Hope was the chairman of the Fight for Sight organization, and also had Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation founded in his and his wife’s honor.
He was religious.
Bob Hope Favorite Things
- Comedian – Danny Kaye
Source – IMDb
Bob Hope Facts
- In 1906, his mom moved from England to Cleveland, Ohio, United States, seeking financial stability. He moved there with his dad and brothers in 1908.
- The neighborhood of Cleveland he moved to included The Alhambra Theater. His mom would take him there and would also teach him to sing and dance at home.
- By the age of 12, Bob started earning pocket money by performing comedy, singing, and dancing.
- Bob worked as a butcher’s assistant and a lineman in his teenage years.
- He once won a prize for impersonating the legendary comedian and actor, Charlie Chaplin, grandfather of Oona Chaplin.
- His signature tune became Thanks for the Memory after it won the Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Original Song” in the movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 that year.
- He had a well-known quote that also showed his humble upbringing. He would often say: “Growing up with 6 brothers, I knew what it meant to go to bed hungry…until I developed a longer and quicker reach at the dinner table.”
- As a boxer, Bob had a reach of 72 inches or 183 cm, and a score of 3-1 competing in the Super Featherweight category (128 lb or 58 kg).
- Bob was an avid golfer and also had a small stake in his hometown’s baseball team, Cleveland Indians.
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