Bob Hope : 1903-2003

English born American actor and comedian.

Born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England in May 1903, Bob was the fifth of seven sons born to his English father, William Henry Hope, a stonemason, and his Welsh mother, Avis Townes, an aspiring concert singer.

In 1907, William took his family to Cleveland, Ohio and in 1920, by virtue of his father’s naturalisation, Bob and his brothers became US citizens.

She said she was approaching forty, and I couldn't help wondering from what direction.

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.

The trees in Siberia are miles apart, that is why the dogs are so fast. [About Russia]

I'll tell 'ya how to stay young: Hang around with older people.

I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom.

I do benefits for all religions - I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.

My father told me all about the birds and the bees, the liar - I went steady with a woodpecker till I was twenty-one.

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

When she started to play, Steinway came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano.

I have a wonderful make-up crew. They're the same people restoring the Statue of Liberty.

He hits the ball 130 yards and his jewellery goes 150.

If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.

A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?

Middle age is when you still believe you'll feel better in the morning.

Kids are wonderful, but I like mine barbecued.

When they asked Jack Benny to do something for the Actor's Orphanage - he shot both his parents and moved in.

I love to go to Washington -- if only to be near my money.

There’ll always be an England, even if it's in Hollywood.

Zsa Zsa Gabor got married as a one off, and it was so successful she turned it into a series.

The programme is nearly over! I can feel the audience is still with me but if I run faster I can shake them off.

I left England when I was four because I found out I could never be King.

About audiences: They were really tough - they used to tie their tomatoes on the end of a yo-yo, so they could hit you twice.