Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington and grew up with Al Rinker, the younger brother of singer Mildred Bailey. Crosby and Rinker used Bailey's connections and joined Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys almost straight from school.
His film debut was in King of Jazz (1930), and from then on he was a top stage and radio performer and a top-selling record artist. He played an important part in the development of recording technology.
Films include Holiday Inn (1942), White Christmas (1954), Going My Way (Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor, 1944), The Bells of St. Mary's and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court( 1949), The Country Girl (1956), the 'Road' pictures (with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour including: Road to Singapore (1940), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Road to Morocco (1942), Road to Utopia (1946), Road to Rio (1948), Road to Bali (1952) and Road to Hong Kong (1962) (minus Dorothy Lamour).
Crosby was a keen amateur golfer, who appeared in many charity events. It was after a round of golf in Spain in 1977 that he collapsed and died from a massive heart attack. Crosby had been married twice (his second wife, actress Kathryn Grant, being considerably younger), and effectively had two families, his children from the marriages being of different generations. After his death, his eldest son from his first marriage wrote a controversial memoir depicting him as an autocratic and abusive father.
Bing Crosby Facts
|Birth Name||Harry Lillis Crosby|
|Birthday||May 3, 1903|
|Birthplace||Tacoma, Washington, USA|
|Date of death||October 14, 1977 (age 74)|
|Height||5' 8" (1m73) How tall is Bing Crosby compared to you?|
|Awards||1960 Golden Globe Awards: Cecil B. DeMille Award|
|1945 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for Going My Way)|