72. Bob Hope: Hollywood Legend

One of the most beloved Hollywood actors to the silver screen was the legendary actor Bob . Hope was an English citizen who immigrated to United States, calling America home for much of life. He was a prolific actor, comedian, singer, , and author who appeared in some of the popular Hollywood films during the 40s, 50s, and . During his 60-year entertainment career, Hope starred in than 70 films, along with television, and stage .

Born in London on May 29, 1903, Hope a long and profitable career. He lived to 100 years old, dying in 2003. He is best known for his United Services Organization (USO) , where he entertained United States troops overseas. He nearly 60 tours in a 50-year span from through 1991.

His Hollywood legacy begins with the Road movies, where Hope starred alongside Bing Crosby, Dorothy LaMour. During his early years in the Kingdom, Hope worked in many jobs, including street , where he would sing and dance to earn money. He worked for a time as a , and linesman before settling on an entertainment career. first starred in the U.S. as a Broadway, actor in New York City, and in radio. 1934, with the advent of TV, Hope made switch from radio to television, and was one the first major stars on TV.

His Hollywood is one of the most prolific of any in the history of the American big screen. translated his immense popularity in film into a career entertaining troops overseas. This part of his career began in 1939 at the beginning of War II, while Hope was onboard the RMS Mary.