Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby
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Bing Crosby
Music: North side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Bing Crosby
Radio: North side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Bing Crosby
Film: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Actor | Singer
Born Harry Lillis Crosby on May 2, 1903 in Tacoma, WA
Died Oct. 14, 1977 of heart attack in Madrid, Spain

Bing Crosby, who began life as a penny-grubbing grammar school truant, sang and acted his way to riches and into the hearts of millions all over the world.

Crosby's career was one of the most successful in the history of show business. He made 58 motion pictures, broadcast an untold number of radio shows and sold more than 300 million records.

His popularity never waned during the 50 years he was a performer. In an American personality poll in the 1940s, he beat out Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Harry S. Truman and the pope for the rating of the most popular man in the world.

His trademarks were his pipes, golf clubs, race horses and colorful sports shirts. He sang in a rich Irish baritone and, especially during his early days, interspersed his ballads with "bub-bub-bub-boo" and a variety of whistling.

He won a 1944 Academy Award for his portrayal of a priest in the film "Going My Way." But his favorite movie, he once said, was "High Society," which he made in 1956 with Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1944 Best Actor Going My Way Win
    1945 Best Actor The Bells of St. Mary's Nomination
    1954 Best Actor The Country Girl Nomination

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