bob hope's timeless career
1903 born leslie townes hope in eltjam, england, on may 29

1907: father william hope moves family to cleveland, ohio

1927: after success as a traveling vaudeville dancer and comedian, lands first broadway role in the sidewalks of new york

1928: changes name to bob hope

1932: performs for first time with bing crosby at new york's capitol theater

1933: first major public recognition for wisecracking role in successful broadway musical roberta

1937: begins regular radio broadcasts from nbc studios in new york

1938: release of first major feature film for paramount pictures, the big
broadcast of 1938

1940: release of road to singapore, first of seven career-defining "road" films with bing crosby and dorothy lamour

1941: begins touring u.s. home-front bases as part of weekly radio program

1943: first trip into combat areas in england, africa, and sicily. adds south pacific in 1944. with only two exceptions, all of his radio shows during world war ii were performed and aired from military bases and installations.

1948: trip to entertain troops involved in the berlin airlift begins christmas tradition of overseas shows

1950: first tv special broadcast from new york city on nbc

1956: last regular radio show

1960: first palm springs golf classic (now the bob hope chrysler classic), a hope-sponsored event that has raised more than $35 million for charity.

1962: presented congressional gold medal by president kennedy

1964: first of nine trips to vietnam

1972: last starring film role in cancel my reservation

1977: hosts 50th academy awards ceremony