Bing Crosby, real name Harry Lillis Crosby (1904-77) was an American US singer, actor, and television and radio performer, born in Tacoma, Washington.
He attended Gonzaga University but left, before graduating, to become a vocalist with a dance orchestra. After appearing with Paul Whiteman's dance band as a member of a vocal trio, he began a highly successful career as a "crooner" on radio (1931-1949) and as a recording artist. He also appeared frequently on television, and his company, Bing Crosby, Ltd., produced a number of popular television dramatic and variety programs.
Crosby's career as an actor began in the early 1930's, when he made a number of short comedy films for Mack Sennett. He made his first feature film, The Big Broadcast, in 1932, and went on to become one of Hollywood's biggest box-office attractions.
Among his best-known films were Pennies From Heaven, Holiday Inn, Going My Way (for which he won the Academy Award for the best male performance of 1944), The Bells of St Mary's, Blue Skies, White Christmas, and High Society.
He appeared chiefly in musicals, including the celebrated "Road" pictures with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, and Going My Way (1943), for which he received the Academy Award for the year's best performance by an actor. He also played dramatic roles, most notably in Little Boy Lost (1953), The Country Girl (1955), and Stagecoach (1966).
An entertainer whose popularity was world wide, he wrote Bing and Call Me Lucky, 1953, also popular songs, and made frequent television appearances as well as undertaking concert tours overseas.