Born as Leslie Townes Hope in 1903, Bob Hope reigned as the king of American comedy for decades. Hope was a British-born American entertainer and comic actor, known for his rapid-fire delivery of jokes and for his success in virtually ALL entertainment media. He appeared in the early days on stage in Vaudeville shows and Broadway productions. In 1934 he began performing on radio and then, ventured into television as it became popular in the 1950s. Regular TV specials ensued in 1954 with Hope hosting the Academy Awards fourteen times from 1941 to 1978. His movie career also overlapped his television appearances spanning the years from 1934 to 1972. To sum up his career, by the time he died in 2003 at age 100, Bob Hope had conquered vaudeville, Broadway, recordings, live concerts, radio, films and, from its infancy, TV, where he remained a welcome presence into his 90s.January 4, 1935 - Bob Hope was heard for the first time on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue."
Celebrated for his long career performing United Service Organizations (USO) shows to entertain active service American military personnel, Bob Hope was declared an honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces in 1997 by act of the U.S. Congress. He made 57 tours for the USO between 1941 and 1991.
May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003