American Masters

Bob Hope, a model for public service in Hollywood

Clip: Season 31 Episode 10 | 2m 50s

Bob Hope's commitment to philanthropy changed the way Hollywood viewed the responsibility of fame. "Many years he did from 100 to 150 benefits a year," says his daughter Linda Hope. He made it part of his identity to give back to the communities he entertained, most famously, the armed forces with his frequent USO tours.

Aired: 12/29/17

Rating: NR

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