He lived for 100 years. His professional career spanned nearly 80 years. He appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, with 54 feature films with him as a star. And he was born on this day in 1903! But who is he? He is Hope. Bob Hope.
Let’s commemorate this great actor and learn some interesting facts about his life.
#1: Hope, before his acting career, had a brief career as a boxer in 1919, fighting under the name Packy East. He worked as a butcher’s assistant and a lineman in his teens and early twenties.
#2: Bob Hope got his first trial as a solo act at Chicago’s Stratford Theatre in 1928. In solo appearances, he always made his audience feel at ease and comfortable with his self-deprecating humor.
#3: During World War II Hope traveled extensively to entertain troops overseas and at home; most of his war-era radio shows were broadcast from military bases throughout the world.
#4: Bob Hope showed his skills as a song-and-dance man and afforded him the opportunity to introduce many songs that became popular standards, including Two Sleepy People, Buttons and Bows and Silver Bells.
#5: He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his service to the armed forces through the United Service Organizations and the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen in 1982.
#6: Hope was an avid golfer, playing in as many as 150 charity tournaments a year. The Bob Hope Classic (nowadays CareerBuilder Challenge), founded in 1960, made history in 1995 when Hope teed up for the opening round in a foursome that included Presidents Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the only time three United States presidents played in the same golf foursome.