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Bing Crosby Biography

Birth Name:
Harry Lillis Crosby
Birth Place:
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Was given the nickname "Bing" after the title character of his favorite comic strip, The Bingville Bugle
  • Bought a set of mail-order drums and joined the band Musicaladers while in college
  • Dropped out of college two months shy of earning a law degree to pursue a career in show business
  • Made his screen debut as a band leader in 1930's King of Jazz
  • Appeared in seven "Road" films, the first being The Road to Singapore, with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour
  • Recorded one of the best-selling records of all time with Irving Berlin's "White Christmas
  • " Was part-owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates for many years and even had a cameo in 1951's Angels in the Outfield, which centered on the struggling team
  • Had just finished 18 rounds of golf when he suffered a fatal heart attack


  • 1954Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1954National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1952Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1945Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1944National Board of Review-Best Acting: winner
  • 1941National Board of Review-Best Acting: winner