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Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

  • Born on
    • May 3rd, 1903
  • Died on
    • October 14th, 1977
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 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.

Starring Bing Crosby on Plex

Filmography

Acting (43 Credits)

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2014And the Oscar Goes to...
2003Hollywood Ghosts & Gravesites as (archive footage)
1994That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1966Stagecoach as Doc Josiah Boone
1964Robin and the 7 Hoods as Allen A. Dale
1962The Road to Hong Kong as Harry Turner
1960High Time as Harvey Howard
1960Pepe as Bing Crosby
1959Alias Jesse James as Bing (uncredited)
1956Anything Goes as Bill Benson
1956High Society as C. K. Dexter-Haven
1954The Country Girl as Frank Elgin
1954White Christmas as Bob Wallace
1953Scared Stiff as Skeleton (uncredited)
1952Road to Bali as George Cochran
1952Son of Paleface as Driver (uncredited)
1952The Greatest Show on Earth as Spectator (uncredited)
1951Here Comes the Groom as Peter 'Pete' Garvey
1950Riding High as Dan Brooks
1949The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad as Narrator (segment "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow")
1949A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as Hank Martin
1949The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as Narrator
1948The Emperor Waltz as Virgil Smith
1947Road to Rio as Scat Sweeney
1947My Favorite Brunette as Harry (uncredited)
1946Blue Skies as Johnny Adams
1945Road to Utopia as Duke Johnson
1945The Bells of St. Mary's as Father Chuck O'Malley
1944Going My Way as Father Chuck O'Malley
1944The Princess and the Pirate as Margaret's Sweetheart (uncredited)
1943They Got Me Covered as Music Box (voice) (uncredited)
1942Road to Morocco as Jeff Peters
1942Star Spangled Rhythm as Bing Crosby
1942Holiday Inn as Jim Hardy
1942My Favorite Blonde as Man Outside Union Hall (uncredited)
1941Road to Zanzibar as Chuck Reardon
1940Road to Singapore as Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V
1936Pennies from Heaven as Larry Poole
1935Mississippi as Tom Grayson
1934We're Not Dressing as Stephen Jones
1933Going Hollywood as Bill 'Billy' Williams
1930King of Jazz as Trio Singer (as The Rhythm Boys)

Himself (4 Credits)

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1974That's Entertainment! as Himself - Host / Narrator
1960Let's Make Love as Himself
1951Angels in the Outfield as Himself (uncredited)
1949Jolson Sings Again as Himself (voice) (uncredited)

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