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-> ''"Everyone knows I'm just a big, good-natured slob."''
-->-- Crosby, on himself.

-> ''"He was an average guy who could carry a tune."''
-->-- Crosby's epitaph, written by himself.

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 2, 1903 October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world. Suffice to say, that means very few people agreed with his self-assessment of his singing skills.

Crosby started his career as a singer and made it big in the early 1930s with Decca Records. In 1942 he recorded what would become his most famous legacy: the Music/IrvingBerlin song "White Christmas". When it was released, it stayed at #1 on the charts for over 11 weeks. It has remained a perennial Christmas favorite in the United States. In fact, Crosby recorded numerous ChristmasSongs over the years, which is mainly how the younger generation is familiar with him. His album ''Music/MerryChristmas'' (1945), a CoverAlbum full of Christmas-themed songs, has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and is the second-best-selling Christmas album of all time, behind Music/ElvisPresley's ''Elvis' Christmas Album'' (1957). Other than "White Christmas," perhaps his best-known holiday song is "Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy," a duet he recorded with ''glam and progressive rock'' star Music/DavidBowie in 1977 that became a huge international hit in 1982, five years after Crosby's death ... and more than 50 years after Crosby recorded his first songs.

Crosby appeared in almost 80 different films over six decades. As a box-office draw, he was surpassed only by Creator/ClarkGable and Creator/JohnWayne. He won the Best Actor [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for ''Film/GoingMyWay'' in 1944. His most famous films include the ''Film/RoadTo'' series filmed with Creator/BobHope, and of course, ''Film/WhiteChristmas''.

Crosby pioneered pre-recorded radio shows, and was an astute businessman. His investment in the Ampex Corporation spurred the development of videotape and he also invested in a little company called Minute Maid. At one time he was part owner of baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates.

Crosby popularized golf and sponsored several early tournaments. He also competed in both the British and American Pro-Amateur Tournaments.

Reputedly his [[FamousLastWords/RealLife last words]] were, "That was a great game of golf, fellas."[[note]]He did die just after he finished playing golf with some friends, though.[[/note]]

Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Crosby Bob Crosby]], his youngest brother and a talented singer in his own right.


!!Notable recordings:

* ''Music/MerryChristmas'' (1945)

!!Notable film roles:

* Bing, of "The Rhythm Boys," ''Film/KingOfJazz'' (1930) -- His first film.
* Billy Crocker, ''Anything Goes'' (1936) -- A not very faithful adaptation of the stage [[TheMusical Musical]]; Bing and Creator/EthelMerman duet the title song.
* Larry Poole, ''Pennies From Heaven'' (1936) -- He sings the title song, a big hit.
* Tony Marvin, ''Waikiki Wedding'' (1937) -- He sings "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChuzuFEtT8Y Sweet Leilani]]," which won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward that year for Best Song
* Josh Mallon V, ''Film/RoadToSingapore'' (1940) -- The first of his seven "Road" pictures with Creator/BobHope
* Chuck Reardon, ''Film/RoadToZanzibar'' (1941)
* Jim Hardy, ''Film/HolidayInn'' (1942) -- In which he first introduced the song "White Christmas".
* Geoffrey Peters, ''Film/RoadToMorocco'' (1942) -- Frequently considered the best of the "Road" pictures; its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_w3UG6C_Mo title Hope and Crosby duet]] is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uPxiPYrWs4 often parodied]].
* Father Chuck O'Malley, ''Film/GoingMyWay'' (1944) and ''Film/TheBellsOfStMarys'' (1945)
* Duke Johnson and Junior Hooten, ''Film/RoadToUtopia'' (1946)
* Scat Sweeny, ''Film/RoadToRio'' (1947)
* Virgil Smith, ''The Emperor Waltz'' (1948)
* The Narrator, Brom Bones, and Ichabod Crane, ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' (1949)
* Hank Martin, ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' (1949)
* George Cochran, ''Film/RoadToBali'' (1952) -- The only "Road" picture in color.
* Bob Wallace, ''Film/WhiteChristmas'' (1954)
* Frank Elgin, ''Film/TheCountryGirl'' (1954)
* C. K. Dexter-Haven, ''Film/HighSociety'' (1956) -- The {{Musical}} remake of ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory''. Bing plays the [[WTHCastingAgency Cary Grant part]].
* Harry Turner, ''Film/TheRoadToHongKong'' (1962) -- The last of the "Road" pictures.
* Allan A. Dale, ''Robin and the 7 Hoods'' (1964) -- A RoaringTwenties re-telling of the Myth/RobinHood legend, with Music/FrankSinatra as the lead.
* Dr. Josiah Boone, ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'' (1966) -- A remarkable performance in the role originally played by Creator/ThomasMitchell in the [[Film/{{Stagecoach}} 1939 John Ford Western]]. Bing was painted in character by Creator/NormanRockwell.

!!Tropes invoked by this actor:
* BreakupBreakout: Possibly the UrExample for a singer. He began as a member of the trio The Rhythm Boys, then went solo after they broke up.
* TheCameo: In the '40s Crosby became so associated with Bob Hope that he made cameos in Hope films ''Film/MyFavoriteBlonde'' and ''Film/ThePrincessAndThePirate''.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Happens in several of his movies.
* DeadpanSnarker: In real life and in many of his movies.
** According to legend, Crosby was clipping his hedges in his usual ratty garb when a rich woman drove up and [[MistakenForServant mistook him for hired help]], asking him how much he was paid. He smiled and said, "The missus lets me sleep with her."
*** This is an old vaudeville routine (and has been told of everyone from Groucho Marx to Lee Trevino to Thurgood Marshall); however, Crosby is all the more likely to have used it, exactly for that reason.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe
* ExpressiveEars: According to legend record executives were bothered by Crosby's large ears, fearing they would distract the audience from listening to his music. So they tried taping them against his head. Eventually it was decided that it was better to keep them the way they were. Seeing that no audience member ever complained about Crosby's ear length, they were absolutely right.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Crosby was a favorite target for parody by cartoon artists (particularly for WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes / [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]), appearing, for instance in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIa0AG17tyg Bingo Crosbyana]]" (1936), "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZqdUhQru20 Hollywood Steps Out]]" (1941), "What's Up, Doc?" (1949), and, many years later, transmogrified into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aKA6q1WSq8 Hugh]] on ''WesternAnimation/TazMania''.
** He was royally pissed at WB for the cartoons "Let It Be Me" and "Bingo Crosbyana". And it's easy to see why. The former portrayed him as a sleazy radio crooner who seduced a naive country girl and then ditched her. The latter portrayed him as a braggart who turned cowardly at the first sign of trouble. Then shows up after everything's all over and tries to take credit. He considered those to be personal attacks and tried to sue. For the record, he never objected to portrayals close to his onscreen persona, such as "Hollywood Steps Out".
** The Parson, an acquaintance of Rev. Lovejoy from WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons, is based on Bing Crosby's Father O'Malley character from ''Film/GoingMyWay'' and ''Film/TheBellsOfStMarys'', including the golf.
* TheStoner: Bing was a quite avid smoker of marijuana. Reportedly he started smoking it early in his career, and continued to do so until 1974, where he had a lung operation. His son, Gary, has speculated it might be the cause of his [[EruditeStoner laid-back and easygoing]] acting-style in his films.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Supposedly with Bob Hope.