Biography: Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, London, England to Avis and William Henry Hope. He performed in acts and solo at vaudeville venues and the Palace Theater. He married nightclub singer Dolores Reade, and the couple adopted four children: Linda, Tony, Nora and Kelly. He played many United Service Organizations tours, entertaining millions of servicemen.
Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "The Greatest Show on Earth," "Road to Morocco," "Spies Like Us," "The Muppet Movie," "The Oscar," "Fancy Pants," and "Story of G.I. Joe." Television credits include: "The Golden Girls," "The Simpsons," "Roseanne," "I Love Lucy," "Get Smart," "The Carol Burnett Show," "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," and "Highway to Heaven.
Other Awards: Received the Medal of Merit from President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Received the Presidential Gold Medal in recognition of the his ''services to his country and to the cause of world peace" from John F. Kennedy in 1963. Received the National Medal of Arts in 1995. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Distinguished Service Medal from each branch of the armed forces. Received Honorary Awards at the Oscar in 1941, 1945, 1953, and 1966. Received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars in 1960. Received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special for "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" in 1966. Received a Governor's Award at the Primetime Emmy Awards in 1984. Received a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960. Kennedy Center Honoree in 1985.
Trivia: His amateur boxing name was Packy East. Received the honorary title Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1998. He wrote seven books: ''I Never Left Home,'' ''They Got Me Covered,'' ''So This Is Peace,'' ''Have Tux, Will Travel,'' ''I Owe Russia $1,200,'' ''The Road to Hollywood,'' with Bob Thomas, ''Don't Shoot, It's Only Me,'' with Melville Shavelson, and ''Dear Prez, I Wanna Tell Ya!'' The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on July 29, 2003.