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Harry Lillis Crosby (1903 - 1977)

Harry Lillis (Bing) Crosby
Born in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 29 Sep 1930 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Died at age 74 in Madrid, Madrid, Españamap
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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.[1]

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.[2]

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).[3]

Harry "Bing" Lillis Crosby, Jr. was born May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington.[4] He was the son of bookkeeper Harry Lowe Crosby, and his wife Catherine Helen "Kate" (née Harrigan). He was the fourth of seven children including brothers Larry, Everett, Ted, and Bob; and two sisters, Catherine and Mary Rose.[5][6]

The Crosby's moved to Spokane, Washington, when Bing was about three years old, which is where Bing was raised and later attended Gonzaga University for three years.[7]

Crosby's mother was a second generation Irish-American, and his father was of English descent. Some of his ancestors had emigrated to America in the 17th century, including Mayflower passenger William Brewster.[8]

On September 29, 1930, Crosby married singer/actress Wilma Winifred Wyatt popularly known as Dixie Lee in Hollywood, California.[9] Together they would have four sons, Gary, Dennis, Phillip, and Lindsay, before Wilma's death due to ovarian cancer on November 1, 1952.[10]

Crosby 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.[11]

Crosby passed away from a heart attack on October 14, 1977 at a golf course in Madrid, Spain after completing a tour of England. His last words were reportedly, "That was a great game of golf, fellers.".[12]


  1. "On the Record: How did Bing Crosby get his nickname?". Bristol Herald Courier. Archived from the original, 21 Apr 2021.
  2. Stanley, Bob, Let's Do It: The Birth of Pop Music, Pegasus Books, 2022, pg 220
  3. "Hollywood Star Walk". Archived from original, 6 May 2022.
  4. Grudens, 2002, p. 236. "Bing was born on May 3, 1903. He always believed he was born on May 2, 1904."
  5. "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 05 Dec 2013), Harry Crosby in household of Harry L Crosby, Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States; citing sheet , family 57, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821942.
  6. "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 05 Dec 2013), Harry L Crosby Jr. in household of Harry L Crosby, Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0039, sheet , family 75, NARA microfilm publication .
  7. "Gonzaga University". Essay 8097. Archived from the original, 22 Nov 2022.
  8. Giddins, Gary (2002). Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, The Early Years 1903–1940. Back Bay Books. p. 24.
  9. "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Jul 2014), Harry Louis Crosby in entry for Harry Lillis Crosby and Wilma Winifred Wyatt, 29 Sep 1930; citing p. 36, Los Angeles, California, United States; FHL microfilm 2074879.
  10. "Cancer kills Dixie Crosby". Sunday Herald. (Bridgeport, Connecticut). United Press. November 2, 1952. p. 1.
  11. "Bing Crosby". World Golf Hall of Fame. Archived from the original, 28 Nov 2022.
  12. Find a Grave (has image)
    Find A Grave: Memorial #244 (accessed 23 December 2022)
    Memorial page for Bing Crosby Famous memorial (2 May 1903-14 Oct 1977), citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA (plot: Grotto Section, Lot L-119, Space 1); Maintained by Find a Grave.
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he is my 6th cousin 5 times removed. i found this out by FamilySearch. they show you exactly how you are related and connected to him
posted 30 Dec 2022 by Christina Brown   [thank Christina]
Bing Crosby is my 7th cousin 1X removed through my mother's family. His ancestors were originally Cape Codders.
posted 23 Dec 2020 by Nancy (Small) Downing   [thank Nancy]
Bing Crosby is my eighth cousin. How do you like me now? I have his direct line verified. I have my direct line verified.
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please consider adding "He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978."
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