Bing Crosby was best known as a singer/crooner/actor from the 1940-1980 era. His voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation.
Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way, and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of four actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. Crosby is one of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (a star for motion pictures, radio, and audio recording).
Bing was a celebrity friend of golf who founded his own PGA Tour event (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am). He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978.
Harry "Bing" Lillis Crosby, Jr. was born on 3 May 1903 in Tacoma, Washington. He was the fourth of seven children: brothers Larry (1895–1975), Everett (1896–1966), Ted (1900–1973), and Bob (1913–1993); and two sisters, Catherine (1904–1974) and Mary Rose (1906–1990). The family moved to Spokane, Washington, when Bing was about three years old, and that is where Bing went to school and college, attending Gonzaga University for three years.
His parents were Harry Lillis Crosby, Sr. (1870–1950), a bookkeeper, and Catherine Helen (known as Kate) (née Harrigan; 1873–1964). Crosby's mother was a second generation Irish-American. His father was of English descent; some of his ancestors had emigrated to America in the 17th century, and included Mayflower passenger William Brewster (c. 1567 – April 10, 1644).
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