(Leslie Townes Hope)
* 29. May 1903 (in Eltham, UK)     † 27. July 2003 (in Toluca Lake, California)


1966 Honorary Award
(for unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy)

1960 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

1953 Honorary Award
(for his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise)

1945 Honorary Award
(for his many services to the Academy)

1941 Honorary Award
(in recognition of his unselfish services to the motion picture industry)



what can I say, that hasn't been already said about this great comedian...?

emigrated to the USA with his parents in 1907

his father was William Henry Hope, and his mother Avis Hope

Bob has 6 brothers (2 younger, 4 older)

probably one of the longest marriages, Hollywood has ever seen...he was married to Dolores DeFina for 69 years (19. February 1934 until his death)

his wife Dolores is a former singer...she resumed her singing career in 1993

Bod died at age 100 and his wife Dolores at age 102 (* 27. May 1909 † 19. September 2011)

many of you might know his wife as Dolores Reade, but she changed her original name DeFina to Reade due to the advice of her agent in the 1930's

has 4 adopted children with Reade: Linda, Anthony, Kelly and Nora

he entertained the US troops overseas in every war from WWII to the Gulf War