Bing Crosby

Singer, Actor, Comedian
With his remarkably smooth and velvety baritone voice, Bing Crosby rose from obscurity to become the most popular singer in the world, dominating the record and singles charts for a 20-year stretch and enjoying a more ... Read more »
Born: 05/02/1903 in Tacoma, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Waikiki, in the Wake of Dreams 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby's White Christmas 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing!... A 50th Anniversary Gala 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Jubilee 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Christmas From the Crosbys 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby and His Friends 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas With the Bing Crosbys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bing Crosby's Sun Valley Christmas Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby -- Cooling It 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas With the Bing Crosbys 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! 1973 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Bing Crosby and His Friends 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby's Christmas Show 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (02/15/71) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Ver-r-r-ry Interesting 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby -- Cooling It 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (02/16/70) 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bing Crosby Show (10/23/68) 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Stagecoach 1966 (Movie)

Doc Josiah Boone (Actor)

Robin and the Seven Hoods 1964 (Movie)

Allen A Dale (Actor)

The Bing Crosby Show (02/15/64) 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Hong Kong 1961 (Movie)

Harry Turner (Actor)

High Time 1960 (Movie)

Harvey Howard (Actor)

Let's Make Love 1960 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Alias Jesse James 1958 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Say One For Me 1958 (Movie)

Father Conroy (Actor)

Anything Goes 1956 (Movie)

Bill Benson (Actor)

High Society 1956 (Movie)

C K Dexter-Haven (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Country Girl 1954 (Movie)

Frank Elgin (Actor)

White Christmas 1954 (Movie)

Bob Wallace (Actor)

Little Boy Lost 1953 (Movie)

Bill Wainwright (Actor)

Road to Bali 1952 (Movie)

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Angels in the Outfield 1950 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 1949 (Movie)

Narrator ("Legend of Sleepy Hollow") (Voice)

The Emperor Waltz 1948 (Movie)

Virgil Smith (Actor)

Road to Rio 1947 (Movie)

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Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

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The Road to Utopia 1946 (Movie)

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Duffy's Tavern 1945 (Movie)

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Going My Way 1944 (Movie)

Father Chuck O'Malley (Actor)

Road to Morocco 1941 (Movie)

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Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

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Road to Zanzibar 1940 (Movie)

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If I Had My Way 1939 (Movie)

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Rhythm on the River 1939 (Movie)

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Road to Singapore 1939 (Movie)

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Waikiki Wedding 1936 (Movie)

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The Big Broadcast of 1936 1934 (Movie)

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The Big Broadcast 1931 (Movie)

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Dr. Cook's Garden (TV Show)

Actor

Monsanto Presents Mancini (TV Show)

Actor
Music (54)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

("I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You") (Song)

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas 2011 (Movie)

("White Christmas") (Song Performer)

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

("Silent Night") (Song Performer)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

("Young At Heart") (Song Performer)

Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 (Movie)

("The Best Things In Life Are Free") (Song Performer)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

("White Christmas" (The Declan Crawls Mix!)) (Song Performer)

Pride and Glory 2008 (Movie)

("Winter Wonderland") (Song Performer)

Run, Fat Boy, Run 2008 (Movie)

("Nice Work If You Can Get It") (Song Performer)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

("Deck The Halls" - Traditional) (Song Performer)

Martian Child 2007 (Movie)

("Jingle Bells") (Song Performer)

Confetti 2006 (Movie)

'True Love' from High Society (Song Performer)

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song Performer)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town") (Song Performer)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

("Thanks") (Song Performer)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

(Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)) (Song Performer)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song Performer)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

("Dinah") (Song Performer)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

("It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas") (Song Performer)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("Mele Kalikimaka") (Song Performer)

Hollywood Ending 2002 (Movie)

("Going Hollywood") (Song Performer)

Irving Berlin: An American Song 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

End of Days 1999 (Movie)

("God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (traditional)") (Song)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

("Would You") (Song Performer)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

("May I?") (Song Performer)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

("Mele Kalikimaka") (Song Performer)

Bing! His Legendary Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

("Winter Wonderland") (Song)

The Magic of Bing Crosby 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song Performer

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

("O Holy Night") (Song Performer)

Bob Hope's 1990 Christmas Show From Bermuda 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

("Swinging on a Star") (Song)

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

("Sweet Georgia Brown") (Song Performer)

Lost Angels 1989 (Movie)

("San Fernando Valley") (Song Performer)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

("Mele Kalikimaka") (Song Performer)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song Performer)

Lady in White 1988 (Movie)

("Did You Ever See a Dream Walking") (Song)

Someone to Love 1988 (Movie)

("Listen Here" "Sure Thing") (Song Performer)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

("Pistol Packin' Mama") (Song Performer)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Any More") (Song Performer)

A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 2: Freddy's Revenge 1985 (Movie)

("Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?") (Song Performer)

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

("Moonlight Becomes You") (Song Performer)

A Christmas Story 1983 (Movie)

("It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas" "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town") (Song Performer)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

("Love Is So Terrific") (Song Performer)

Some Kind of Hero 1982 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song Performer)

Pennies From Heaven 1981 (Movie)

("Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?") (Song Performer)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

("Santa Claus Is Coming to Town") (Song Performer)

The Brink's Job 1978 (Movie)

("Accentuate the Positive") (Song Performer)

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 (Movie)

("True Love") (Song Performer)

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 1975 (Movie)

("Brother Can You Spare a Dime?") (Song Performer)

Say One For Me 1958 (Movie)

("Say One For Me" "The Secret Of Christmas" "I Couldn't Care Less") (Song Performer)

My House in Umbria (TV Show)

Song Performer

Prancer Returns (TV Show)

Song Performer

Twas the Night (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

With his remarkably smooth and velvety baritone voice, Bing Crosby rose from obscurity to become the most popular singer in the world, dominating the record and singles charts for a 20-year stretch and enjoying a more than respectable popularity for the rest of his life. He also became an extremely successful actor, appearing in 70+ films, and charmed moviegoers everywhere with his relaxed performing style. Following a string of early hit singles, Crosby was recruited by Paramount Pictures and enjoyed a long-time partnership with Bob Hope on the highly popular series of "Road" movies, which served up endearing cocktails of humor and song. He was also highly impressive in many of his solo efforts, most notably "Going My Way" (1944), for which Crosby won the Best Actor Academy Award, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (1949) and "The Country Girl" (1954). Crosby's reign as one of the leading pop culture figures in America was dampened somewhat by the rise of rock-n-roll, but he maintained a huge fanbase and songs like "White Christmas," "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Swinging on a Star" were unmistakably his. However, there was much discord in his personal life, including alcoholism and accusations of child abuse, which surfaced in detail after his passing. Although his image as America's greatest father figure was tarnished, Crosby's success across multiple mediums was truly remarkable and he was arguably the leading entertainment figure of the 20th century.

Relationships

Kate Crosby

Mother

Everett Crosby

Brother

Joan Caulfield Actor

Companion
co-starred together in "Blue Skies" (1946) and "Variety Girl" and "Welcome Stranger" (both 1947)

Harry Crosby

Father
worked at local brewery

Mary Crosby Actor

Child

Denise Crosby Actor

Granddaughter

Mary Crosby

Daughter
born in 1959 mother, Kathryn Grant best remembered for playing the woman who shot J.R. Ewing in the long-running primetime TV soap, "Dallas"

Dennis Crosby

Son
born in 1935 twin of Phillip mother Dixie Lee died of self-inflicted gunshot wound to head May 6, 1991 had joined his brothers in nightclub act during the late 1950s and early 60 and later worked in production capacity for Bing Crosby Productions Inc.

Gary Crosby

Son
born in 1934 wrote autobiography "Going My Own Way" (1983), which included a less-than-flattering portrait of his father mother Dixie Lee died of lung cancer on August 24, 1995

Harry Crosby

Son
born in 1958 mother, Kathryn Grant

Lindsay Crosby

Son
born in 1938 died on December 12, 1989 of self-induced gun shot mother Dixie Lee

Nathaniel Crosby

Son
born in 1961 mother, Kathryn Grant

Phillip Crosby

Son
born in 1935 twin of Dennis mother Dixie Lee

Bob Crosby

Brother
born on August 23, 1913 youngest brother of six siblings

Kathryn Grant Actor

Companion
Born c. 1934 Married from 1957 until Crosby's death

Grace Kelly Actor

Companion
had relationship during filming of "The Country Girl"

Dixie Lee

Wife
married on September 29, 1930 died of cancer in 1952

Inger Stevens Actor

Companion
had relationship c. 1955-56

EDUCATION

Gonzaga University

Spokane , Washington
played drums and sang at dances with a local band; dropped out

Milestones

1977

Collapsed and died of heart attack on golf course after a round of golf outside of Madrid

1968

Offered role of TV sleuth Columbo but turned it down

1966

Last feature film, "Stagecoach"

1962

Reunited with Bob Hope and (in a cameo) Dorothy Lamour for a seventh "Road" picture, "Road to Hong Kong"

1952

Last "Road" film for a decade, "Road to Bali"

1943

Enjoyed two of the biggest hits of his film career in the role of a priest, Father Chuck O'Malley, "Going My Way" and its sequel, "The Bells of St. Mary's"

1940

Appeared in first of seven "Road" comedies opposite Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, "The Road to Singapore"

1932

Appeared in film which made him a star, "The Big Broadcast"

1931

Signed to CBS radio contract by William S. Paley when Paley heard record of Crosby singing, "I Surrender, Dear"

1931

Made radio debut with Gus Arnheim's orchestra at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub

1930

Film debut in "King of Jazz", spotlighting the Paul Whiteman Orchestra; Crosby appeared as one of the "Rhythm Boys"

1927

Hired with Rinker as a singing act for Paul Whiteman's band; later joined by Harry Barris and act called "The Rhythm Boys"

1925

Formed "Two Boys and a Piano" with piano player Al Rinker and left Spokane for Los Angeles

Played romantic/comic/singing lead in several shorts produced by Mack Sennett in the early 1930s

Bonus Trivia

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"I don't think I would have been believable as Scrooge for a minute. Everybody knows I'm just a big good-natured slob." --Bing Crosby quoted in his The New York Times Obituary, October 15, 1977.

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Acquired nickname, "Bing-o" when he was seven or eight years old, because of his fondness for a comic strip called "The Bingville Bugle". An alternate story is that Crosby annoyed at teacher with a wooden gun while shouting "Bing-Bing!" and the teacher began calling him "Bing-Bing" [Source: The New York Times obituary, October 15, 1977.

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"Bing sings like all people think they sing in the shower." --Dinah Shore

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Bing Crosby was the most popular film star of the 1940s. His appearances in the annual exhibitor's poll of the top 10 most popular stars are as follows: Number 7 in 1934, Number 4 in 1937, Number 7 in 1940, Number 4 in 1943, Number 1 for five years in a row from 1944 to 1948 (a feat only equalled by Burt Reynolds in 1978-82), Number 2 in 1949, Number 3 in 1950, Number 5 in 1951, Number 4 in 1952, Number 5 in 1953, and Number 8 in 1954.

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As of 2000, he till held the number of most Number One hit records -- 38. (By comparison, Elvis Presley had 18 and The Beatles had 24.)

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"I can't think of any better way for a golfer who sings for a living to finish the round." --wife Kathryn Crosby at news conference after Crosby's death

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Received the William D. Richardson Memorial Trophy for his contributions to the game of golf (1950).

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Helped establish and became president of the Del Mar race track in California (sold interest in 1946 for nearly half a million dollars).

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