Bob Hope is recognized as The Most Honored Entertainer
by The Guinness Book of World Records. The show business
legend was born Leslie Townes Hope in England on May 29, 1903.
Hopes family moved to Cleveland when he was two. As a young
boy, Hope worked part-time jobs before focusing on a vaudeville
career. He toured the country as a performer with a series of sidekicks.
Taking the advice of friends, Hope eventually began performing
as a stand-up comedian. The one-man act was such a success that
he was able to form his own company in Chicago and later moved to
New York to begin his radio career.
Hope first appeared on the radio show The Intimate Revue
in 1935. He made two other brief radio appearances between 1935
and 1937, before starting The Pepsodent Show on September
27, 1938. The show was a huge success, attracting regular guest
stars such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby.
During World War II, Hope focused his energy on entertaining US
troops around the world. In doing so, he established himself as
one of the most popular and beloved entertainers of the 20th century.
Hope also hosted 284 prime time television specials and starred
in 60 motion pictures.
Bob Hope died July 29, 2003.
Bob Hope was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
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