Mickey: Let's call it off.
Rocky: Aw c'mon, it's for charity.
Mickey: You're wearing your anatomy out for charity! Nobody else does this much for charity!
Rocky: Bob Hope would.
Mickey: ...That's true.
Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope KBE (May 29, 1903 July 27, 2003) was a British-born American comedian and actor who appeared in vaudeville, films, television and radio. He also hosted the Academy Awards Ceremonies 18 times, and toured for the USO to entertain U.S. military troops in multiple wars, from World War II to The Gulf War; in 1996 he was declared the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces" by Congress.
His best-known films are the Road to ... series, in which he co-starred with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, and the Film Noir parody My Favorite Brunette, also with Lamour. For many years his stand-up material was written by his good friend Bob Monkhouse, a stand-up comedian in his own right.
He was also a minority owner of Major League Baseball's Cleveland Guardians (known as the Indians in his day) for much of his life.note
Hope was married twice. The first marriage, to his vaudeville partner Grace Troxell, lasted less than two years; the second, to singer Dolores Reade, lasted nearly seventy years until his death from pneumonia at age 100. They had four adopted children.
Films on TV Tropes:
- The Cat and the Canary (1939)
- The Ghost Breakers (1940)
- The Road to ... series, seven films in all (1940-1962)
- My Favorite Blonde (1942)
- The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
- My Favorite Brunette (1947)
- Here Come the Girls (1953)
- Call Me Bwana (1963)
- The Muppet Movie (1979) (guest star)
- Spies Like Us (1985) (cameo)
Tropes associated with Bob Hope include:
- Casanova Wannabe: A frequent part of his comic persona.
- Christmas Songs: He introduced the holiday standard "Silver Bells" in a duet with Marilyn Maxwell in the 1951 film The Lemon Drop Kid.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: Hope himself couldn't honestly be counted as one, but he certainly associated with them.
- Large Ham
- Lovable Coward: His persona in many of his films, like The Paleface and The Princess and the Pirate.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy
- Referenced by...: Early in the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, The Onion ran an article which claimed his caregivers were keeping the news away from him:
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Twice a victim, once in 1998 and again in 2003, just months before his actual death. Both were cases of pre-written obituaries accidentally being published.
- Running Gag: Hosted several Academy Award ceremonies, but was never even so much as nominated for one; although throughout his lifetime he received five Honorary Awards. This became fodder for his routines about his movie career and Hollywood politics after Bing Crosby won for Going My Way. (See "Self Deprecation" below.)
- "Welcome once again to the Academy Awards... or as we call it in my family, Passover..."
- On his 100th birthday: "I'm so old, they've canceled my blood type."
- Take That!: Hope usually made sure his writers would aim these equally at both political parties in the U.S., so this exchange from 1940's The Ghost Breakers:Richard Carlson (as Geoff Montgomery): "It's worse than horrible because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring."Bob Hope (as Larry Lawrence): "You mean like Democrats?"
Nydia Westman (as Cicily): "Do you believe in reincarnation? You know, that dead people come back?"Bob Hope (as Wally Campbell): "You mean like the Republicans?"
- ...Is a follow-up to this exchange from the previous year's The Cat and the Canary
- Theme Tune: "Thanks for the Memory", which he first introduced (in a duet with Shirley Ross) in the film The Big Broadcast of 1938.