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Bob Hope was a entertainer and comic actor, known for his rapid-fire delivery of jokes and for his success in virtually all entertainment media.
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Hope quietly celebrated his 100th birthday in May of 2003, at his Taluca Lake home. There, he died of pneumonia on July 27, 2003.
President George W. Bush hailed Hope as "a great citizen" who "served our nation when he went to battlefields to entertain thousands of troops from different generations." Jay Leno also praised Hope's remarkable gifts: "impeccable comic timing,
an encyclopedic memory of jokes and an effortless ability with quips."
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