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Bing Crosby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer, comedian and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music. Crosby won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures, radio, and audio recording. He was also known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962. Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies. He then convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard. In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, and co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.

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May 3, 1903 In Tacoma, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie King of Jazz 1930-04-20
Latest Project:
Movie My Music: A Classic Christmas 2019-11-16
Known For
Poster of V.I.P. Schaukel
Poster of The Carol Burnett Show
Poster of White Christmas
Poster of Out of This World
Movie My Music: A Classic Christmas Himself (archive footage) 2019-11-16
Movie This Is Bob Hope... Himself (archive footage) 2017-12-29
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Movie Bing Crosby: Rediscovered Himself 2014-12-02
Movie Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2 – The Christmas Specials Himself 2010-11-09
Movie Tim Conway - Timeless Comedy Special Guest Appearance 2007-01-30
Movie 'Twas the Night - A Holiday Celebration Self 2004-10-05
Movie Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.1 Narrator / Ichabod Crane / Brom Bones (voice) (archive footage) 2003-04-07
Movie The Best of Bob Hope: 50 years of Laughter Volume 2 2001-02-22
Movie The Best of Bob Hope: 50 years of Laughter Volume 1 2001-02-22
Movie Hollywood Musicals of the 40's (archive footage) 2000-09-01
Movie 'White Christmas': A Look Back with Rosemary Clooney Bob Wallace (uncredited/archive footage) 2000-11-21
Movie A Bing Crosby Christmas Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Songs That Won the War Himself (Archive) 1994-05-01
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie The Magic of Bing Crosby Himself (archive footage) 1991-10-29
Movie Disney's Halloween Treat (archive footage) 1982-10-30
Movie Bing Crosby the Christmas Years Himself (archival footage) 1978-12-06
Movie Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas Himself 1977-11-30
Movie It's Showtime 1976-03-31
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-16
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! Himself - Host / Narrator 1974-06-21
Movie Cancel My Reservation Himself (uncredited) 1972-09-21
Movie Dr. Cook's Garden Dr. Leonard Cook 1971-01-19
Movie Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas Himself 1971-12-14
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Unknown 1971-05-09
Movie Swing Out, Sweet Land Mark Twain 1970-01-01
Series The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
Movie Cinerama's Russian Adventure Narrator (voice) 1966-03-03
Movie Christmas with Crosby & Kate Himself 1966-12-24
Movie Stagecoach Doc Josiah Boone 1966-04-21
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie Robin and the 7 Hoods Allen A. Dale 1964-06-24
Series The Bing Crosby Show Bing Collins 1964-09-14
Movie The Sound of laughter 1963-12-17
Movie The Road to Hong Kong Harry Turner 1962-01-01
Movie The Bing Crosby Show (12-24-1962) Himself 1962-12-24
Movie The Bing Crosby Show (12-11-1961) Himself 1961-12-11
Movie Lifetime of Comedy Unknown 1960-01-01
Movie Let's Make Love Himself 1960-09-08
Movie Pepe Bing Crosby 1960-12-21
Movie High Time Harvey Howard 1960-09-16
Movie Say One for Me Father Conroy 1959-06-19
Movie Alias Jesse James Bing (uncredited) 1959-03-20
Movie The Frank Sinatra Timex Show Unknown 1959-10-19
Movie Man on Fire Earl Carleton 1957-08-22
Movie The Edsel Show Self 1957-10-13
Series The Frank Sinatra Show Himself 1957-10-18
Movie Anything Goes Bill Benson 1956-04-27
Movie High Tor Van Van Dorn 1956-03-10
Movie High Society C. K. Dexter-Haven 1956-07-17
Movie The Country Girl Frank Elgin 1955-05-17
Movie White Christmas Bob Wallace 1954-10-14
Movie Road to Bali George Cochran 1953-01-29
Movie Little Boy Lost Bill Wainright 1953-09-21
Movie Scared Stiff Skeleton (uncredited) 1953-04-27
Movie Son of Paleface Driver (uncredited) 1952-07-14
Movie The Greatest Show on Earth Spectator (uncredited) 1952-02-16
Movie Just for You Jordan Blake 1952-09-27
Movie Off Limits Bing Crosby (archive footage) (uncredited) 1952-12-30
Movie Here Comes the Groom Peter 'Pete' Garvey 1951-09-20
Movie Angels in the Outfield Himself (uncredited) 1951-10-19
Movie Riding High Dan Brooks 1950-04-12
Movie You Can Change The World Himself 1950-02-25
Series The Jack Benny Program Unknown 1950-10-28
Movie Screen Actors Himself 1950-05-13
Movie Mr. Music Paul Merrick 1950-12-08
Movie Jolson Sings Again Himself (voice) (uncredited) 1949-08-17
Movie A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Hank Martin 1949-04-18
Movie Top o' the Morning Joe Mulqueen 1949-08-31
Movie The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Narrator (segment "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow") 1949-10-05
Movie The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Narrator 1949-10-05
Movie The Emperor Waltz Virgil Smith 1948-06-07
Movie My Favorite Brunette Harry (uncredited) 1947-03-19
Movie Welcome Stranger Dr. James 'Jim' Pearson 1947-06-13
Movie The Road to Hollywood Himself 1947-07-04
Movie Variety Girl Hiimself 1947-08-29
Movie Road to Rio Scat Sweeney 1947-12-25
Movie Blue Skies Johnny Adams 1946-10-15
Movie Out of This World Herbie Fenton (singing voice) 1945-07-13
Movie The All-Star Bond Rally 1945-05-10
Movie Duffy's Tavern Bing Crosby 1945-09-28
Movie Road to Home Himself 1945-07-04
Movie Hollywood Victory Caravan Himself 1945-09-30
Movie We've Got Another Bond to Buy Unknown 1945-12-04
Movie The Bells of St. Mary's Father Chuck O'Malley 1945-12-27
Movie Road to Utopia Duke Johnson 1945-11-01
Movie Here Come the Waves Johnny Cabot 1944-01-01
Movie The Shining Future Self 1944-04-11
Movie The Princess and the Pirate Margaret's Sweetheart (uncredited) 1944-11-17
Movie Going My Way Father Chuck O'Malley 1944-05-15
Movie Road to Victory Himself 1944-05-18
Movie They Got Me Covered Music Box (voice) (uncredited) 1943-03-04
Movie Dixie Daniel Decatur Emmett 1943-06-23
Movie Show-Business at War Himself 1943-05-21
Movie Star Spangled Rhythm Bing Crosby 1942-03-05
Movie My Favorite Blonde Man Outside Union Hall (uncredited) 1942-04-02
Movie Holiday Inn Jim Hardy 1942-07-10
Movie Road to Morocco Jeff Peters 1942-11-10
Movie Road to Zanzibar Chuck Reardon 1941-04-11
Movie Birth of the Blues Jeff Lambert 1941-11-07
Movie If I Had My Way Buzz Blackwell 1940-05-05
Movie Road to Singapore Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V 1940-03-22
Movie Swing with Bing Himself 1940-06-30
Movie Rhythm on the River Bob Sommers 1940-08-28
Movie East Side of Heaven Denny Martin 1939-04-07
Movie Paris Honeymoon 'Lucky' Lawton 1939-01-27
Movie The Star Maker Larry Earl 1939-08-25
Movie Doctor Rhythm Dr. Bill Remsen 1938-05-06
Movie Hollywood Handicap Himself 1938-05-28
Movie Sing, You Sinners Joe Beebe 1938-09-02
Movie Waikiki Wedding Tony Marvin 1937-03-23
Movie Double Or Nothing 'Lefty' Boylan 1937-09-17
Movie Pennies from Heaven Larry Poole 1936-11-25
Movie Anything Goes Billy Crocker 1936-01-24
Movie Rhythm on the Range Jeff Larabee 1936-07-01
Movie Mississippi Tom Grayson 1935-03-22
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1936 Bing 1935-09-20
Movie Two for Tonight Gilbert Gordon 1935-09-12
Movie We're Not Dressing Stephen Jones 1934-04-27
Movie Hollywood on Parade B-4 Unknown 1934-01-22
Movie She Loves Me Not Paul Lawton 1934-08-31
Movie Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove Himself 1934-12-01
Movie Here Is My Heart J. (Jasper) Paul Jones 1934-12-28
Movie Sing, Bing, Sing Bing 1933-03-23
Movie College Humor Professor Frederick Danvers 1933-07-05
Movie Too Much Harmony Eddie Bronson 1933-09-23
Movie Going Hollywood Bill 'Billy' Williams 1933-12-22
Movie Please Howard Jones 1933-12-16
Movie Billboard Girl Bing 1932-03-20
Movie Dream House Bing Fawcett (Plumber) 1932-01-17
Movie Hollywood on Parade 1932-06-05
Movie The Big Broadcast Bing Hornsby 1932-10-14
Movie Confessions of a Co-Ed Bing 1931-07-11
Movie I Surrender Dear Bing Crosby 1931-09-13
Movie Blue of the Night Bing Crosby / Jack Smith 1931-09-13
Movie One More Chance Bing Bangs 1931-11-15
Movie King of Jazz Trio Singer (as The Rhythm Boys) 1930-04-20
Movie Reaching for the Moon Bing 1930-12-29
Movie Two Plus Fours Bing (as The Rhythm Boys) 1930-08-18