Comedian Bob Hope's Career Highlights: In Memoriam

Comedian Bob Hope's Career Highlights In Memoriam
May 29, 2020 - 19:30 / Anna Valenzuela Rosas

Bob Hope left a lasting impression on the world with his comedy, even joking on his 100th birthday "I'm so old, they've canceled my blood type." From hilarious musicals to standup sets for the troops, Bob had an incredible career filled with laughter.

Bob Hope in 'Critics Choice' 1963.

Comedian Bob Hope's Amazing Life

British-American comedian Bob Hope was born May 29th, 1903 in London. His family immigrated to the United States when he was a young boy, passing through Ellis Island and eventually landing in Cleveland, Ohio. Bob began performing early on, busking as a child, and went on to perform in many vaudeville comedy acts. Once he gained notoriety on Radio in the 30's he landed his first feature film role in The Big Broadcast of 1938.

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In the 40's he brilliantly teamed up with smooth singin' Bing Crosby and gorgeous actress Dorothy Lamour for a series of hilarious comedies like Road to Singapore, Road to Zanzibar, Road to Rio, and Road to Hong Kong. Bob and Bing had such a good repertoire and dynamic that they performed together for years in countless stage, radio, and TV performances.

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in 'Road To Singapore' 1940.

Bob went on to star in major films alongside greats like Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard, and I Love Lucy's Lucille Ball! Between 1939 and 1977 Bob Hope hosted the Academy Awards a whopping 19 times, where he constantly joked about wanting to win an award. 

Bob Hope's Giving Legacy

Bob was beloved by the military, as he would incredibly frequently perform USO shows for soldiers abroad in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Lebanon Civil War, the Iran-Iraq War, and the Persian Gulf War. For 50 years Bob was the USO entertainment coordinator, encouraging his high profile friends to perform for the troops. In 1997 Congress even named Bob an "Honorary Veteran" for all his USO work.

Soldiers laughing at the Bob Hope show at Seoul, Korea. Oct. 23, 1950.

When did Bob Hope die?

Bob's quick wit, brilliant one-liners, and impeccable timing and delivery earned him a household name all over the world. His signature song "Thanks for the Memory" won an Academy Award and is in the AFI's treasured list of "100 Years... 100 Songs."

Bob Hope passed away in his California home at 100 years of age on July 27th, 2003, leaving a growing family and an incredibly memorable legacy.