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Bing Crosby, SuperStar –

Crosby's Photos

Crosby in GOING MY WAY.

Bing Crosby - the singer
SuperStar & Award Winner

Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby on May 2, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington. He was the fourth of seven children to father Harry Lowe Crosby, a Brewery bookkeeper and Kate Harrigan Crosby. Bing passed away on October 14, 1977 in Madrid, Spain.

He was married to Fox starlet Dixie Lee from 1930 until her death in 1952. He had four children with Dixie, sons Gary Crosby, Phillip Crosby & Dennis Crosby (twins) and daughter Lindsay Crosby. All are deceased. Both Dennis and Lindsay suffered from depression and died due to suicide.

Bing also had three children with actress Kathryn Grant, sons Harry Crosby and Nathaniel Crosby, and daughter, actress Mary Crosby.

Bing is Grandfather of Denise Crosby and Brother of bandleader Bob Crosby.

Throughout his life Crosby went by the nickname's "Der Bingle" and "The Old Groaner." He was given the nickname "Bing" after a character named "Bingo" in a comic strip titled "Bingville Bugle."

Bing studied Law at Gonzaga University but was mostly interested in playing the drums and singing with a local band. The band's piano player, Al Rinker and Crosby left Spokane for Los Angeles in 1925. In the early 1930s Bing's brother Everett sent a record of Bing singing "I Surrender, Dear" to the president of CBS.

He joined forces with Al Rinker and Harry Barris to form a vocal trio called "The Rhythm Boys." They became a featured specialty with the Paul Whiteman band, with whom they made their film debut in the 1930 Technicolor revue THE KING OF JAZZ.

Crosby's live performances from New York were carried over the national radio network for 20 consecutive weeks in 1932. Bing's radio success led Paramount Pictures to include him in Big Broadcast of 1932, The (1932), a film featuring radio favorites. Crosby signed with Paramount in 1932.

Then in 1940 Bing was teamed with comedian and off-camera buddy Bob Hope in THE ROAD TO SINGAPORE.

Crosby won the best actor Oscar for playing in GOING MY WAY (1944).

Crosby published his autobiography, "Call Me Lucky," in 1953.

From the 1940s to the 1960s, Crosby owned 15 percent of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. Bing had a cameo in ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (1951) as part-owner of the team. He was balding and hated having to wear a toupee during filming so he specifically looked for scripts that had outdoor scenes where he could wear a hat or bed time scenes in which he could wear a nightcap.

Crosby's "White Christmas" became the bestselling single for more than 50 years until overtaken in 1997 by "Candle in the Wind", Elton John's tribute to the late Princess Diana.

Bing Crosby was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.

Bing was the first performer to receive Oscar nominations for the same role in two different films: as Father Chuck O'Malley in GOING MY WAY (1944) and again in THE BELLS OF ST. MARY'S (1945).

From 1944 to 1948, Crosby was five times the #1 top money-making star at the box office in Quigley Publications annual poll of movie exhibitors, a record later equalled by Burt Reynolds and then surpassed by Tom Cruise, who has been #1 six times. Clint Eastwood has also been #1 five times.

Crosby was the 20th century's first multi-media entertainer: a star on radio, in movies and in chart-topping recordings. He had 38 No. 1 singles, which surpasses even Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

During the Vietnam War, a secret code was to have been broadcast informing all US personnel that an immediate evacuation had been ordered. The code was the playing of Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" twice on the Armed Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN), followed by the announcement "The temperature in Hanoi is 105 and rising."

Bing Crosby bought his first thoroughbred in 1935 and helped to create the famed Del Mar racetrack. It opened in Del Mar, California in 1937 and he collected tickets at the turnstile on opening day. Before the start of every day of racing his song "Where the Turf Meets the Surf" is played. This song was written for Del Mar and was never sold commercially.

Crosby was the Star of NBC Radio's "Kraft Music Hall" (1935-1946), ABC Radio's "Philco Radio Time" (1946-1949), CBS Radio's "The Bing Crosby Chesterfield Show" (1949-1952). When Chesterfield left, General Electric took over as sponsor for 1953 and 1954. He also starred on CBS Radio's "The Bing Crosby Show" (1954-1956).

Crosby died at age 74 playing golf at a course outside Madrid -- after completing a tour of England that had included a sold-out engagement at the London Palladium.

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Bing Crosby received his Oscar for playing the progressive young priest of a New York parish.

ABOUT BING CROSBY (1901 - 1977)

American star, and former band singer, whose real name was Harry Lillis Crosby. Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma. His biggest commercial hit was WHITE CHRISTMAS.

His epitaph said: "He was an average guy who could carry a tune".

Bing Crosby received nominations for:


Bing Crosby's film credits include:

1930 King of Jazz
1930 Reaching for the Moon
1931 Confessions of a Co-Ed
1931 I Surrender Dear
1931 One More Chance
1932 Dream House
1932 Billboard Girl
1932 The Big Broadcast
1933 Blue of the Night
1933 Sing, Bing, Sing
1933 College Humor
1933 Too Much Harmony
1933 Please
1933 Going Hollywood
1934 Just an Echo
1934 We're Not Dressing
1934 She Loves Me Not
1934 Here is My Heart
1935 Mississippi
1935 Two for Tonight
1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936
1936 Anything Goes
1936 Rhythm on the Range
1936 Pennies from Heaven
1937 Waikiki Wedding
1937 Double or Nothing
1938 Doctor Rhythm
1938 Sing You Sinners
1939 Paris Honeymoon
1939 East Side of Heaven
1939 The Star Maker
1940 Road to Singapore
1940 If I Had My Way
1940 Rhythm on the River
1941 Road to Zanzibar
1941 Birth of the Blues
1942 My Favorite Blonde
1942 Road to Morocco
1942 Holiday Inn
1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
1943 They Got Me Covered
1943 Dixie
1944 Going My Way
1944 The Princess and the Pirate
1944 Here Come the Waves
1945 Out of This World
1945 The Bells of St. Mary's
1945 Duffy's Tavern
1946 Road to Utopia
1946 Blue Skies
1947 My Favorite Brunette
1947 Welcome Stranger
1947 Variety Girl
1947 Road to Rio
1948 The Emperor Waltz
1949 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
1949 Top o' the Morning
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
1950 Riding High
1950 Mr. Music
1951 Here Comes the Groom
1951 Angels in the Outfield
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
1952 Son of Paleface
1952 Just for You
1952 Road to Bali
1953 Scared Stiff
1953 Little Boy Lost
1954 White Christmas
1954 The Country Girl
1956 Anything Goes
1956 High Society
1957 The Joker Is Wild
1957 Man on Fire
1959 Alias Jesse James
1959 Say One for Me
1960 Let's Make Love
1960 High Time
1960 Pepe
1962 The Road to Hong Kong
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods
1966 Stagecoach
1972 Cancel My Reservation
1974 That's Entertainment!

Bing Crosby's main TV appearances as Host:

January 3, 1954 "The Bing Crosby Show"
April 25, 1954 "The Bing Crosby Show"
March 10, 1956 "High Tor"
October 13, 1957 "The Edsel Show”
October 1, 1958 "The Bing Crosby Show for Oldsmobile"
March 2, 1959 "The Bing Crosby Show for Oldsmobile"
September 29, 1959 "The Bing Crosby Show for Oldsmobile"
February 29, 1960 "The Bing Crosby Show for Oldsmobile"
October 5, 1960 "The Bing Crosby Show for Oldsmobile"
March 20, 1961 "The Bing Crosby Show for Oldsmobile"
December 11, 1961 "The Bing Crosby Show"
May 14, 1962 "The Bing Crosby Show"
December 24, 1962 "The Bing Crosby Show for Clairol"
November 7, 1963 "The Bing Crosby Show"
1964-1970 "The Hollywood Palace"
February 15, 1964 "The Bing Crosby Show for Lever Brothers"
September 13, 1964 "ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment"
1964-1965 "The Bing Crosby Show"
March 10, 1965 "The Grand Award of Sports"
1967- 1976 "The American Sportsman"
March 14, 1967 "A Little Bit of Irish"
1968-1977 "Bing Crosby National Pro-Am"
October 23, 1968 "The Bing Crosby Special"
February 15, 1969 "Feelin’ Groovy at Marine World"
December 17, 1969 "Bing & Carol - Together Again for the First Time"
March 31, 1970 "Goldilocks"
April 13, 1970 "Bing Crosby - Cooling It"
December 16, 1970 "Bing Crosby’s Christmas Show for the Bell System Family Theatre"
January 19, 1971 "Dr. Cook's Garden”
December 14, 1971 "Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas"
February 27, 1972 "Bing Crosby and Friends"
December 10, 1972 "Christmas with the Bing Crosby’s"
December 9, 1973 "Bing Crosby’s Sun Valley Christmas Show"
October 9, 1974 "Bing Crosby and His Friends"
December 15, 1974 "Christmas with the Bing Crosby’s"
December 3, 1975 "Merry Christmas Fred, from the Crosby’s"
March 26, 1976 "Bell Telephone Jubilee"
December 1, 1976 "Bing Crosby’s White Christmas"
March 20, 1977 "Bing - A 50th Anniversary Gala"
August 27, 1977 "Bing in Norway"
November 30, 1977 "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas"

Big Crosby's significant TV guest appearances include:

December 19, 1948 "Philco Playhouse - A Christmas Carol"
June 21, 1952 "Olympic Fund Telethon"
March 21, 1954 "The Jack Benny Show"
December 3, 1954 "Person to Person"
November 11, 1956 "The Ed Sullivan Show"
January 22, 1957 "The Phil Silvers Show - Sgt. Bilko Presents Bing Crosby
December 20, 1957 "Happy Holidays with Bing & Frank"
March 2, 1958 "The Bob Hope Show"
November 22, 1958 "The Dean Martin Show for Timex"
October 19, 1959 "The Frank Sinatra Timex Show"
March 16, 1960 "Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall"
August 26, 1961 "A Big Night Out with Peggy Lee"
April 3, 1962 "Picture Parade"
October 24, 1962 "The Bob Hope Show"
February 17, 1963 "The Dinah Shore Show"
December 13, 1963 "The Bob Hope Comedy Hour"
October 6, 1964 "The Bell Telephone Hour"
June 27, 1965 "The Eamonn Andrews Show"
July 6, 1965 "Late Night Line-Up"
December 15, 1965 "The Bob Hope Comedy Special"
January 6, 1966 "Telescope"
March 27, 1966 "Timmy’s Easter Parade of Stars’ (Canada) (aka ‘The Easter Seal Show’)"
April 20, 1966 "The Road to Lebanon (A Danny Thomas Special)"
May 1, 1966 "The Magic of Broadcasting"
October 30, 1966 "The Andy Williams Show"
November 16, 1966 "The Bob Hope Chrysler Comedy Special"
April 13, 1967 "The Dean Martin Show"
October 9, 1967 "The Danny Thomas Hour - ‘The Demon under the Bed’ "
October 19, 1967 "The Dean Martin Show"
October 25, 1967 "The Joey Bishop Show"
November 25, 1967 "The Jackie Gleason Show"
February 12, 1968 "The Bob Hope Variety Special"
May 5, 1968 "The Ed Sullivan Show - A Tribute to Irving Berlin"
February 17, 1969 "Chrysler Presents The Bob Hope Special"
October 4, 1969 "The Jackie Gleason Show - The Honeymooners In Hollywood"
November 6, 1969 "The Dean Martin Show"
November 10, 1969 "The Carol Burnett Show"
February 16, 1970 "The Bob Hope Chrysler Special"
November 29, 1970 "The John Wayne TV Special - Swing Out, Sweet Land"
January 7, 1971 "The Flip Wilson Show"
January 23, 1971 "The Pearl Bailey Show"
February 10, 1971 "The David Frost Show"
February 15, 1971 "Chrysler Presents The Bob Hope Special"
March 18, 1971 "Ver-r-r-ry Interesting"
October 7, 1971 "The Dean Martin Show"
November 29, 1971 "Monsanto Presents Mancini"
January 3, 1972 "The Merv Griffin Show"
March 15, 1972 "The Carol Burnett Show"
March 16, 1972 "The Flip Wilson Show"
December 23, 1972 "The Parkinson Show"
February 22, 1975 "Grandstand"
July 24, 1975 "Top of the Pops"
July 25, 1975 "Today"
July 25, 1975 "The Merv Griffin Show"
August 30, 1975 "Parkinson"
September 4, 1975 "The Mike Douglas Show"
September 14, 1975 "Stars on Sunday"
September 24, 1975 "The Vera Lynn Show"
October 12, 1975 "Stars on Sunday”
October 15, 1975 "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
October 24, 1975 "Texaco Presents - A Quarter Century Of Bob Hope On Television"
October 28, 1975 "The Mike Douglas Show - Kathryn and Bing at Home"
November 12, 1975 "Dinah!"
November 16, 1975 "Stars on Sunday"
December 14, 1975 "Stars on Sunday"
January 27, 1976 "International Pro-Celebrity Golf"
March 5, 1976 "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
April 5, 1976 "The Rich Little Show"
April 12, 1976 "The Bob Hope Olympic Benefit"
December 3, 1976 "The Joe Franklin Show" WOR-TV
December 3, 1976 "Bing with Pat - A Look at a Legend"
December 6, 1976 "Today"
December 6, 1976 "An Hour with Bing & Kathryn Crosby - AM New York
December 10, 1976 "Good Morning America"
January 12, 1977 "International Pro-Celebrity Golf"
May 31, 1977 "Barbara Walters Special"