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Bob Hope (1903 -- 2003)

Born in Eltham, south-east London, Leslie ('Bob') Hope moved with his large family to Cleveland, Ohio, aged three, when his stonemason father took up work there. Although he fought as an amateur boxer, his huge career as an entertainer spanned vaudeville, radio, theatre and television, as well as about fifty movies. His series of 'Road to' films, in which he was partnered with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, pioneered the 'buddy' format and became a showcase for his legendary quick-fire delivery of one-liners.

The Road to Singapore, a zany romantic comedy made in 1939, was followed by The Road to Zanzibar (1941), then Morocco (1942), Rio (1947), Bali (1952) and Hong Kong (1962), the last of which was filmed in the UK.

Bob Hope died peacefully at his California home, two months after his 100th birthday, with his wife Dolores, to whom he was married for 69 years, at his side.