Person Male Born 29/5/1903 Died 27/7/2003
Actor and comedian. Born Leslie Townes Hope at 44 Craigton Road, Eltham. His family emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1908 and he became an American citizen in 1920. He started his career on the stage before moving into films. Most famously he appeared in the 'Road' series of films with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. He made regular appearances on radio and television, and entertained the troops in many theatres of war. Among his many awards, was an honorary British knighthood. Died at Toluca Lake, Los Angeles.
Was on stage hosting the infamous 1970 Miss World pageant at the Royal Albert Hall, when Women's Liberation protesters temporarily halted the proceedings with shouting, football rattles, flour bombs, leaflet drops, water pistols, etc.