(Leslie Townes Hope)
* 29. May 1903 (in Eltham, UK)

+ 27. July 2003 (in Toluca Lake, California)

1941 Honorary Award
(in recognition of his unselfish services to the motion picture industry)

1945 Honorary Award
(for his many services to the Academy)

1953 Honorary Award
(for his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise)

1960 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

1966 Honorary Award
(for unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy)

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what can I say, that hasn't been already said about this great comedian...?

emigrated to the USA with his parents in 1907

his father was William Henry Hope, and his mother Avis Hope

Bob has 6 brothers (2 younger, 4 older)

probably one of the longest marriages, Hollywood has ever seen...he was married to Dolores DeFina since 19. February 1934

many of you might know his wife as Dolores Reade, but she changed her original name DeFina to Reade due to the advice of her agent in the 1930's

his wife Dolores is born on 27. May 1909 and is a former singer...she resumed her singing career in 1993

has 4 adopted children with Reade: Linda, Anthony, Kelly and Nora

he entertained the US troops overseas in every war from WWII to the Gulf War