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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.

Born May 3, 1903. Died October 14, 1977. 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]] A singer, actor, innovator, amateur golfer and businessman. Suffice to say, very few people agreed with his self-assessment of his singing skills.

'''Harry Lillis "Bing" 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 Irving Berlin 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 did numerous ChristmasSongs, 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).

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

Crosby pioneered pre-recorded radio shows, and was an astute businessman. He sponsored the development of the videotape and invested in a little company called Minute Maid. At one time he was part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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

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 albums:

* ''Music/MerryChristmas (1945)''
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!!Notable Roles:

* Bing, of "The Rhythm Boys," ''Two Plus Fours'' (1930) -- His first film.
* Billy Crocker, ''Anything Goes'' (1936) -- A not very faithful adaptation of the stage {{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 AcademyAward that year for Best Song
* Josh Mallon V, ''[[Film/RoadTo Road To Singapore]]'' (1940) -- The first of his seven "Road" pictures with Creator/BobHope
* Chuck Reardon, ''[[Film/RoadTo Road To Zanzibar]]'' (1941)
* Jim Hardy, ''HolidayInn'', (1942)
* Geoffrey Peters, ''[[Film/RoadTo Road To Morocco]]'' (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, ''Going My Way'', (1944)
* Father Chuck O'Malley, ''The Bells of Saint Mary's'' (1945)
* Duke Johnson and Junior Hooten, ''[[Film/RoadTo Road To Utopia]]'' (1946)
* Scat Sweeny, ''[[Film/RoadTo Road To Rio]]'' (1947)
* Virgil Smith, ''The Emperor Waltz'' (1948)
* The Narrator, Brom Bones, and Ichabod Crane, ''TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' (1949)
* Hank Martin, ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' (1949)
* George Cochran, ''[[Film/RoadTo Road To Bali]]'' (1952) -- The only "Road" picture in color
* Bob Wallace, ''WhiteChristmas'' (1954)
* C. K. Dexter-Haven, ''HighSociety'' (1956) -- The {{Musical}} remake of ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory''. Bing plays the [[WTHCastingAgency Cary Grant part]].
* Harry Turner, ''[[Film/RoadTo Road To Hong Kong]]'' (1962) -- The last of the "Road" pictures.
* Allan A. Dale, ''Robin and the 7 Hoods'' (1964) -- A RoaringTwenties re-telling of the RobinHood legend, with FrankSinatra as the lead.
* Dr. Josiah Boone, ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'' -- A remarkable performance in the role originally played by Thomas Mitchell in the [[Film/{{Stagecoach}} 1939 John Ford Western]]. Bing was painted in character by NormanRockwell.

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!!Tropes invoked by this actor:
* AbusiveParents: After Crosby died, three of his sons claimed he was this in RealLife. Oldest son Gary first publicly did so in the book, ''Going My Own Way'', and Lindsay and Dennis vouched for it. Another son, Phillip, vehemently denied all of it, however - leading to some very angry public statements.
** It's worth noting that Phillip did admit that his father hit them and only said that "we never got an extra whack or a cuff we didn't deserve." [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Make of that what you will.]]
* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: 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 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 ''TazMania''.
* 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.
* ThoseTwoActors: As mentioned before, Bing and Bob Hope in the ''Film/RoadTo'' films. They had a RealLife friendship as well!
** To add to the cameraderie, Dorothy Lamour appeared in all of them as well, which was [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded by Bing]] at the top of ''Road to Morocco'': [[NoFourthWall "I'll lay you eight-to-five that we meet Dorothy Lamour!"]]
** Crosby would often do [[TheCameo a cameo]] appearance in Hope's other movies as well; in at least one case he [[TheAce steals the heroine away]] in the process.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Supposedly with Bob Hope.
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