Hope, Bob

Hope, Bob

Hope, Bob, 1903-2003, American comedian, b. London as Leslie Townes Hope; he came to the United States at the age of five. Famous for his "ski-jump" nose, topical humor, superb timing, brashly irreverant attitude, and rapid-fire delivery, Hope enjoyed immense popularity. He began his show-business career as a vaudeville dancer and later appeared in plays and film, on radio and television, and in concert. In addition, he hosted the Academy Awards ceremonies a record-breaking 17 times over 38 years. Hope made more than 50 films, including seven "Road" pictures, a comic series that began with Road to Singapore (1940), which introduced his long partnership with crooner Bing Crosby and actress Dorothy Lamour, included Road to Morocco (1942), and ended with Road to Hong Kong (1962). Among Hope's other movies are Monsieur Beaucaire (1946), The Paleface (1947), The Seven Little Foys (1955), and How to Commit Marriage (1969). He also wrote books on various topics, including his overseas travels and his love of golf. After 1972 he left movies but continued as the host of numerous television variety specials. A master of the monologue and the mildly salacious one-liner, he was an indefatigable entertainer of U.S. troops overseas from the 1940s into the 1990s.

See his autobiographical Have Tux, Will Travel (1959) and his Bob Hope: My Life in Jokes (2003).

Bob may refer to:


Fictional characters

People with the given name Bob

  • Bob Backlund (born 1949), American pro wrestler
  • Bob Barker (born 1923), American TV game show host
  • Bob Bryan (born 1978), professional American tennis player
  • Bob Bryar (born 1979), drummer for My Chemical Romance
  • Bob Burnquist (born 1976), professional skateboarder
  • Bob Carolgees (born 1948), British comedian and puppeteer
  • Bob Carr (born 1947), Australian politician and Premier of New South Wales
  • Bob Caudle, American wrestling announcer
  • Bob Clotworthy (born 1931), American diver
  • Bob Costas (born 1952), sports announcer
  • Bob Dole (born 1923), American politician
  • Bob Dylan (born 1941), American singer-songwriter
  • Bob Ezrin (born 1949), Canadian musician and record producer
  • Bob Feller (born 1918), Hall of Fame baseball pitcher
  • Bob Forward (born 1958), screenwriter and film director
  • Bob Geldof (born 1951), former lead singer of the Boomtown Rats and organiser of the Live Aid concerts
  • Bob Gibson (born 1935), Hall of Fame baseball pitcher
  • Bob Hope (1903-2003), American comedian
  • Bob Hoskins (born 1942), British actor
  • Bob Kempainen (born 1966), American long-distance runner
  • Bob Kerrey (born 1943), US senator
  • Bob Marley (1945-1981), Jamaican musician
  • Bob McGrath (born 1932), American actor
  • Bob McGrory (1891-1954), Scottish footballer
  • Bob Monkhouse (1928-2003), British stand-up comedian and television presenter
  • Bob Newhart (born 1929), American comedian and actor
  • Bob Ross (1942-1995), American painter
  • Bob Saget (born 1956), American comedian, t.v. host
  • Bob Sinclar (born 1967), French DJ
  • Bob Stupak (born 1942), American entrepreneur, gambler and politician
  • Bob Vila (born 1946), TV home improvement host
  • Bob Weir (born 1947), rhythm guitarist of the Grateful Dead
  • Bob Willis (born 1949), former English cricketer
  • Bob Woodward (born 1943), American journalist

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