Bing Crosby

Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment (1973)
Birthday: May 2, 1903
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor/singer Bing Crosby acquired his nickname as a child in Washington state. As the legend goes, little Harry Lillis Crosby's favorite comic strip was "The Bingville Bugle," in which the leading character was called Bingo. Hence, the boy was "Bingo" Crosby, with the "O" dropping off as he got older. A restless youth, Crosby tried studying law at Gonzaga University, but spent more time as a drummer and singer in a Spokane band. He and his pal Al Rinker worked up a musical act, and were later joined by Harry Barris. As the Rhythm Boys, the three young entertainers were hired by bandleader Paul Whiteman, who featured them in his nightclub appearances and his film debut, The King of Jazz (1930). Crosby managed to score on radio in 1931, and a series of two-reel comedies made for Mack Sennett helped him launch a screen career; his starring feature debut was in 1932's The Big Broadcast. During this period, he married singer Dixie Lee, with whom he had sons Gary, Dennis, Philip and Lindsay. As one of Paramount's most popular stars of the '30s, and with his carefully cultivated image of an easygoing, golf-happy, regular guy, generous contributor to charities, devoted husband, father, and friend, Crosby became an icon of American values. In 1940, he made the first of several appearances with his golfing buddy Bob Hope, ultimately resulting in seven "Road" pictures which, thanks to the stars' laid-back improvisational style, seem as fresh today as they did at the time. Another milestone occurred in 1944, when director Leo McCarey asked Crosby to play a priest in an upcoming film. Crosby, a devout Catholic, at first refused on the grounds that it would be in bad taste. But McCarey persisted, and Crosby ended up winning an Oscar for his performance in Going My Way (1944). He ushered in a new technological era a few years later when he signed a contract to appear on a weekly ABC variety show provided that it not be live, but tape recorded -- a first for network radio -- so that Crosby could spend more time on the golf course. With the death of his wife Dixie in 1952, the devastated entertainer dropped out of the movie business for a full year; but his life took an upswing when he married young actress Kathryn Grant in 1957. His film roles were few in the '60s, but Crosby was a television fixture during those years, and could be counted on each Yuletide to appear on just about everyone's program singing his signature holiday tune, "White Christmas." Burdened by life-threatening illnesses in the mid-'70s, the singer nonetheless embarked on concert tours throughout the world, surviving even a dangerous fall into an orchestra pit. Crosby died from a heart attack in 1977, shortly after he had finished the 18th hole on a Spanish golf course.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet White Christmas 60th Anniversary Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Legendary Bing Crosby Actor 2010
No Score Yet TV Mania Too! Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Great Crooners Actor 2008
No Score Yet Les Paul: Chasing Sound Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Legendary Crooners: Frank, Dean, Bing, Nat and Perry Actor 2007
No Score Yet Boys are Back in Town: Classic Tracks From the Gentlemen of Jazz Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Sights and Sounds of Christmas Actor 2005
No Score Yet Great Entertainers Actor 2004
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: Singing With Friends Actor 2004
No Score Yet D-Day Remembered Actor 2004
No Score Yet Stephane Grappelli: A Life in the Jazz Century Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Great American Songbook Actor 2003
No Score Yet Bob Hope: The Road to Laughter Actor 2003
No Score Yet Sinatra: The Classic Duets Actor 2003
No Score Yet 'Twas the Night Actor 2002
86% Road to Zanzibar Chuck Reardon 2001
No Score Yet A Bing Crosby Christmas Actor 2000
No Score Yet Harold Arlen: Somewhere over the Rainbow Actor 1999
No Score Yet 50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can't Be Wrong Actor 1997
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
No Score Yet Magic of Bing Crosby Actor 1991
No Score Yet You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story Actor 1990
No Score Yet That's Entertainment, Part 2 Actor 1976
100% That's Entertainment Narrator 1973
67% Ben Producer 1972
57% Willard Producer 1971
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Irish: Bing Crosby in Dublin Actor 1967
No Score Yet Stagecoach Doc Josiah Boone 1966
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods Allen A. Dale 1964
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong Harry Turner 1962
No Score Yet The Sound of Laughter Actor 1962
No Score Yet Pepe Himself 1960
69% Let's Make Love Guest Star 1960
No Score Yet High Time Harvey Howard 1960
No Score Yet Danny Thomas Special: The Road to Lebanon Actor 1960
No Score Yet Say One for Me Father Conroy 1959
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James Himself 1959
No Score Yet The All-Star Christmas Show (Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's White Christmas USO All Star Show) Actor 1958
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Show Actor 1958
No Score Yet Man on Fire Earl Carleton 1957
No Score Yet Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank Actor 1957
No Score Yet Anything Goes Bill Benson 1956
81% High Society C.K. Dexter-Haven 1956
86% The Country Girl Frank Elgin 1954
76% White Christmas Bob Wallace 1954
No Score Yet Little Boy Lost Bill Wainwright 1953
83% Scared Stiff Himself 1953
45% The Greatest Show on Earth People in Grandstand 1952
89% Son of Paleface Guest Spot 1952
60% Road to Bali George Cochran 1952
No Score Yet Just for You Jordan Blake 1952
No Score Yet Here Comes the Groom Peter 'Pete' Garvey 1951
No Score Yet Mr. Music Paul Merrick 1950
No Score Yet Riding High Dan Brooks 1950
57% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Hank Martin 1949
93% The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Narrator 1949
No Score Yet Legend of Sleepy Hollow Narrator 1949
67% The Emperor Waltz Virgil Smith 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
No Score Yet Welcome Stranger Dr. Jim Pearson 1947
71% My Favorite Brunette Executioner 1947
100% Road to Rio Scat Sweeney 1947
No Score Yet Road to Hollywood Himself 1947
80% Blue Skies Johnny Adams 1946
94% The Bells of St. Mary's Father Chuck O'Malley 1945
100% Road to Utopia Duke Johnson / Junior Hooton 1945
No Score Yet The All-Star Bond Rally Actor 1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves Johnny Cabot 1944
No Score Yet The Princess and the Pirate Himself 1944
79% Going My Way Father O'Malley 1944
No Score Yet Nostalgia World War II Video Library, Vol. 4 Actor 1943
No Score Yet Dixie Actor 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Himself 1942
100% My Favorite Blonde Man Giving Directions 1942
100% Holiday Inn Jim Hardy 1942
92% Road to Morocco Jeff Peters 1942
No Score Yet Birth of the Blues Jeff Lambert 1941
No Score Yet If I Had My Way Buzz Blackwell 1940
100% Road to Singapore Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V 1940
No Score Yet Rhythm on the River Bob Sommers 1940
No Score Yet The Star Maker Larry Earl 1939
No Score Yet East Side of Heaven Denny Martin 1939
No Score Yet Sing You Sinners Joe Beebe 1938
No Score Yet Double or Nothing "Lefty" Boylan 1937
No Score Yet Waikiki Wedding Tony Marvin 1937
No Score Yet Pennies From Heaven Larry Poole 1936
No Score Yet Rhythm on the Range Jeff Larabee 1936
No Score Yet Anything Goes Actor 1936
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1936 Actor 1935
No Score Yet Mississippi Tom Grayson 1935
No Score Yet We're Not Dressing Stephen Jones 1934
No Score Yet She Loves Me Not Paul Lanton 1934
No Score Yet College Humor Professor Frederick Danvers 1933
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast Bing Hornsby 1932
No Score Yet Dream House Actor 1932
No Score Yet Billboard Girl Actor 1932
No Score Yet Bing Crosby - Road To Hollywood and Reaching For The Moon Actor 1931
No Score Yet I Surrender Dear Himself 1931
No Score Yet Reaching for the Moon (1930) Bing 1930
No Score Yet The King of Jazz Himself (member of The Rhythm Boys) 1930
No Score Yet Bing Crosby Festival Actor 1930
No Score Yet Going Hollywood Bill 'Billy' Williams 1923

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
1955-1959
Himself
  • 1957
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing

QUOTES FROM Bing Crosby CHARACTERS