(1903–2003), US comedian; born in Britain; born Leslie Townes Hope. He often portrayed a cowardly incompetent, cheerfully failing to become a romantic hero, as in the series of Road movies (1940–62), in which he starred with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour (1914–96). He is also noted for his annual Christmas television specials 1953–94, many of which telecast the USO shows that he brought to US troops stationed around the world.
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