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  • BIRTH 03/05/1903
  • DEATH 14/10/1977
  • Country United States
  • SHOW 1
  • MOVIES 39
  • PRODUCTION 1

Bing Crosby

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Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer, comedian and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

Crosby won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures, radio, and audio recording. He was also known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962.

Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies. He then convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard. In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, and co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.

Bing Crosby

Show

The Carol Burnett Show
The Carol Burnett Show
Self / Self - Guest / Various Characters

Movies (39)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Narrator (segment "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow")
Let's Make Love
Let's Make Love
Bing Crosby (uncredited)
High Society
High Society
C. K. Dexter-Haven
That's Entertainment!
That's Entertainment!
Self - Host / Narrator
Dean Martin: King of Cool
Dean Martin: King of Cool
Self (archive footage)
That's Entertainment, Part II
That's Entertainment, Part II
(archive footage)
Scared Stiff
Scared Stiff
Skeleton (uncredited)
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn
Jim Hardy
Going My Way
Going My Way
Father Chuck O'Malley
Disney's Halloween Treat
Disney's Halloween Treat
(archive footage)
Bing Crosby's Sun Valley Christmas Show
Bing Crosby's Sun Valley Christmas Show
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Hank Martin
Just for You
Just for You
Jordan Blake
Blue Skies
Blue Skies
Johnny Adams
The Princess and the Pirate
The Princess and the Pirate
Margaret's Sweetheart (uncredited)
Man on Fire
Man on Fire
Earl Carleton
Road to Morocco
Road to Morocco
Jeff Peters
Bing Crosby: The Christmas Years
Bing Crosby: The Christmas Years
Himself (archival footage)
The Emperor Waltz
The Emperor Waltz
Virgil Smith
White Christmas
White Christmas
Bob Wallace
The Big Broadcast of 1936
The Big Broadcast of 1936
Bing
Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.1
Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.1
Narrator / Ichabod Crane / Brom Bones (voice) (archive footage)
Mississippi
Mississippi
Tom Grayson
A Bing Crosby Christmas
A Bing Crosby Christmas
Self - Host (archive footage)
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Bill Benson
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Narrator
The Big Broadcast
The Big Broadcast
Bing Hornsby
Robin and the 7 Hoods
Robin and the 7 Hoods
Allen A. Dale
Grace face à son destin
Grace face à son destin
Self - Actor (archive footage)
Pepe
Pepe
Bing Crosby
Off Limits
Off Limits
Bing Crosby (archive footage) (uncredited)
Show-Business at War
Show-Business at War
Self
Alias Jesse James
Alias Jesse James
Bing (uncredited)
The Bells of St. Mary's
The Bells of St. Mary's
Father Chuck O'Malley
Showbiz Goes to War
Showbiz Goes to War
(archive footage)
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Halloween Hall o' Fame
Halloween Hall o' Fame
Narrator/Brom Bones
Stagecoach
Stagecoach
Doc Josiah Boone
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Billy Crocker

Production

Abie's Irish Rose
Abie's Irish Rose