Bob Hope

Hope in 1978, Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division

Birth Name: Leslie Towns Hope

Date of Birth: 29 May, 1903

Place of Birth: Lewisham, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: July 27, 2003

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Welsh

Bob Hope was a British-born American stand-up comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author.

Bob was the son of Avis (Townes) and William Henry Hope. Bob was born in Eltham, London, England. His family moved to the United States in 1908, settling in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bob was married to American singer, entertainer, and philanthropist Dolores Hope, until his death. The couple had four children, who were adopted.

Bob’s paternal grandfather was James Alfred Hope (the son of James English and Elizabeth Betsy Hopes).

Bob’s paternal grandmother was Emily Collard (the daughter of William Collard and Elizabeth Watts).

Bob’s maternal grandfather was named John Townes.

Bob’s maternal grandmother was named Margaret Lewis. Margaret was from Ceredigion, Wales.

Source: Genealogy of Bob Hope (focusing on his mother’s side) –


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