Bob Hope, master of the one-liner and favorite comedian of US servicemen and presidents alike, has died, less than two months after turning 100.
Hope died late Sunday of pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, California, with his family at his bedside, longtime publicist Ward Grant said yesterday.
The US' most-honored comedian, a millionaire many times over, was a star in every category open to him -- vaudeville, radio, television and film, most notably a string of "Road" movies with longtime friend Bing Crosby. For decades, he took his show on the road to bases around the world, boosting the morale of servicemen from World War II to the Gulf War.
He perfected the one-liner, peppering audiences with a fusillade of brief, topical gags.
"I bumped into Gerald Ford the other day. I said, `Pardon me.' He said, `I don't do that anymore,'" a reference to Ford's pardon of former president Richard Nixon.
He is survived by Dolores, his wife, and four adopted children.