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Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation.

A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings and motion picture grosses. Crosby's early career coincided with technical recording innovations; this allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the "most admired man alive," ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

Crosby exerted an important influence on the development of the postwar recording industry. Crosby worked for NBC at the time and wanted record his shows, however, most broadcast networks did not allow recording. This was mainly because of the quality of the recording at the time. While in Europe performing during the war, Crosby had witnessed tape recording, on which The Crosby Research Foundation would come to have many patents. The company also developed equipment and recording techniques such as the Laugh Track which are still in use today. In 1947, he invested $50,000 in the Ampex company, which built North America's first commercial reel-to-reel tape recorder. He left NBC to work for ABC, because NBC was not interested in recording at the time. This proved beneficial because ABC accepted him and his new ideas. Crosby then became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. He gave one of the first Ampex Model 200 recorders to his friend, musician Les Paul, which led directly to Paul's invention of multitrack recording. Along with Frank Sinatra, Crosby was one of the principal backers behind the famous United Western Recorders studio complex in Los Angeles.

During the "Golden Age of Radio," performers often had to recreate their live shows a second time for the west coast time zone. Through the aegis of recording, Crosby constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) being used in motion picture production. This became the industry standard.

Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way, and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's the next year, becoming the first of four actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. Crosby is one of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Bing Crosby, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation.

A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings and motion picture grosses. Crosby's early career coincided with technical recording innovations; this allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the "most admired man alive," ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

Crosby exerted an important influence on the development of the postwar recording industry. Crosby worked for NBC at the time and wanted record his shows, however, most broadcast networks did not allow recording. This was mainly because of the quality of the recording at the time. While in Europe performing during the war, Crosby had witnessed tape recording, on which The Crosby Research Foundation would come to have many patents. The company also developed equipment and recording techniques such as the Laugh Track which are still in use today. In 1947, he invested $50,000 in the Ampex company, which built North America's first commercial reel-to-reel tape recorder. He left NBC to work for ABC, because NBC was not interested in recording at the time. This proved beneficial because ABC accepted him and his new ideas. Crosby then became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. He gave one of the first Ampex Model 200 recorders to his friend, musician Les Paul, which led directly to Paul's invention of multitrack recording. Along with Frank Sinatra, Crosby was one of the principal backers behind the famous United Western Recorders studio complex in Los Angeles.

During the "Golden Age of Radio," performers often had to recreate their live shows a second time for the west coast time zone. Through the aegis of recording, Crosby constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) being used in motion picture production. This became the industry standard.

Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way, and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's the next year, becoming the first of four actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. Crosby is one of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Bing Crosby, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 133

Birthday 1903-05-02

Day of Death 1977-10-14

Place of Birth Tacoma, Washington, USA

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Also Known As

  • Harry Lillis Crosby
  • Бинг Кросби

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Edsel Show (0 episodes) as Himself/host
Bing Crosby the Christmas Years
2017 This Is Bob Hope... as Himself (archive footage)
2014 Bing Crosby: Rediscovered as Himself
2010 Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2 – The Christmas Specials as Himself
2004 Nick & Jessica's Family Christmas as Himself (archive footage)
2004 'Twas the Night - A Holiday Celebration as Self
2000 Hollywood Musicals of the 40's as Archive footage
1998 A Bing Crosby Christmas as Himself
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1994 Songs That Won the War as Himself (Archive)
1991 The Magic of Bing Crosby as Himself (Archive)
1977 Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas as Himself
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as Clip from 'Going Hollywood' (archive footage)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Going Hollywood'
1972 Cancel My Reservation as Himself (uncredited)
1971 Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas as Himself
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel (1 episode)
1971 Dr. Cook's Garden as Dr. Leonard Cook
1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land as Mark Twain
1966 Christmas with Crosby & Kate as Himself
1966 Stagecoach as Doc Josiah Boone
1966 Cinerama's Russian Adventure as Narrator (voice)
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1964 The Bing Crosby Show (28 episodes) as Bing Collins
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods as Allen A. Dale
1964 The Hollywood Palace (192 episodes)
1962 The Bing Crosby Show (12-24-1962) as Himself
1962 The Road to Hong Kong as Harry Turner
1961 The Bing Crosby Show (12-11-1961) as Himself
1960 Pepe as Himself
1960 Let's Make Love as Himself
1960 High Time as Harvey Howard
1960 Lifetime of Comedy
1959 Say One for Me as Father Conroy
1959 Alias Jesse James as Uncredited
1957 Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank as Himself
1957 The Frank Sinatra Show (1 episode) as Himself
1957 Man on Fire as Earl Carleton
1956 High Society as C.K. Dexter-Haven
1956 Anything Goes as Bill Benson
1956 High Tor as Van Van Dorn
1954 White Christmas as Bob Wallace
1954 The Country Girl as Frank Elgin
1953 Little Boy Lost as Bill Wainright
1953 Scared Stiff as Skeleton (uncredited)
1952 Off Limits as Bing Crosby (archive footage) (uncredited)
1952 Just for You as Jordan Blake
1952 Son of Paleface as Driver (uncredited)
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth as Spectator (uncredited)
1952 Road to Bali as George Cochran
1951 Angels in the Outfield as Himself (uncredited)
1951 Here Comes the Groom as Peter 'Pete' Garvey
1950 Mr. Music as Paul Merrick
1950 Riding High as Dan Brooks
1950 You Can Change The World as Himself
1949 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as Narrator
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad as Narrator (segment "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow")
1949 Top o' the Morning as Joe Mulqueen
1949 Jolson Sings Again as Himself (voice) (uncredited)
1949 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as Hank Martin
1948 The Emperor Waltz as Virgil Smith
1947 Road to Rio as Scat Sweeney
1947 Variety Girl as Hiimself
1947 The Road to Hollywood as Himself
1947 Welcome Stranger as Dr. James 'Jim' Pearson
1947 My Favorite Brunette as Harry (uncredited)
1946 Blue Skies as Johnny Adams
1946 Road to Utopia as Duke Johnson
1945 The Bells of St. Mary's as Father Chuck O'Malley
1945 Hollywood Victory Caravan as Himself
1945 Duffy's Tavern as Bing Crosby
1945 Out of This World as Herbie Fenton (singing voice)
1945 Road to Home as Himself
1945 The All-Star Bond Rally
1944 The Princess and the Pirate as Margaret's Sweetheart (uncredited)
1944 Road to Victory as Himself
1944 Going My Way as Father Chuck O'Malley
1944 The Shining Future as Self
1944 Here Come the Waves as Johnny Cabot
1943 Dixie as Daniel Decatur Emmett
1943 Show-Business at War as Himself
1943 They Got Me Covered as Music Box (voice) (uncredited)
1942 Road to Morocco as Jeff Peters
1942 Holiday Inn as Jim Hardy
1942 My Favorite Blonde as Man Outside Union Hall (uncredited)
1942 Star Spangled Rhythm as Bing Crosby - 'Old Glory' Number
1941 Birth of the Blues as Jeff Lambert
1941 Road to Zanzibar as Chuck Reardon
1940 Rhythm on the River as Bob Sommers
1940 Swing with Bing as Himself
1940 If I Had My Way as Buzz Blackwell
1940 Road to Singapore as Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V
1939 The Star Maker as Larry Earl
1939 East Side of Heaven as Dennis "Denny" Martin
1939 Paris Honeymoon as 'Lucky' Lawton
1938 Sing, You Sinners as Joe Beebe
1938 Hollywood Handicap as Himself
1938 Doctor Rhythm as Dr. Bill Remsen
1937 Double Or Nothing as 'Lefty' Boylan
1937 Waikiki Wedding as Tony Marvin
1936 Pennies from Heaven as Larry Poole
1936 Rhythm on the Range as Jeff Larabee
1936 Anything Goes as Billy Crocker
1935 Two for Tonight as Gilbert Gordon
1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936 as Bing
1935 Mississippi as Tom Grayson
1934 Here Is My Heart as J. (Jasper) Paul Jones
1934 Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove as Himself
1934 She Loves Me Not as Paul Lawton
1934 We're Not Dressing as Stephen Jones
1933 Going Hollywood as Bill 'Billy' Williams
1933 Please as Howard Jones
1933 Too Much Harmony as Eddie Bronson
1933 College Humor as Professor Frederick Danvers
1933 Sing, Bing, Sing as Bing
1932 The Big Broadcast as Bing Hornsby
1932 Hollywood on Parade
1932 Billboard Girl as Bing
1932 Dream House as Bing Fawcett (Plumber)
1931 I Surrender Dear as Bing Crosby
1931 Blue of the Night as Bing Crosby / Jack Smith
1931 Confessions of a Co-Ed as Bing
1930 Reaching for the Moon as Bing
1930 Two Plus Fours as Bing (as The Rhythm Boys)
1930 King of Jazz as Trio Singer (as The Rhythm Boys)

Production

1978 Mean Dog Blues Executive Producer
1973 Terror in the Wax Museum Producer
1956 High Tor Executive Producer
1946 Abie's Irish Rose Executive Producer

Crew

Stan Ridgway's Holiday In Dirt Thanks
1973 Paper Moon Thanks

Sound

1968 White Christmas Music

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