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Bing Crosby

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment (1973)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
57% 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
67% 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
77% White Christmas
  • Bob Wallace
1954
No Score Yet Little Boy Lost
  • Bill Wainwright
1953
83% Scared Stiff
  • Himself
1953
44% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • People in Grandstand
1952
89% Son of Paleface
  • Guest Spot
1952
No Score Yet 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
63% 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
78% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing

Quotes from Bing Crosby's Characters