Gary Crosby (actor)
Gary with father, Bing, 1951.
|Born||Gary Evan Crosby
June 27, 1933
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||August 24, 1995
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Gary Evan Crosby (June 27, 1933 – August 24, 1995) was an American singer and actor. He wrote a scathing memoir of his father, Bing Crosby. His mother was singer/actress Dixie Lee, Bing Crosby's first wife.
Personal life and career
Gary Crosby was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended Stanford University but dropped out, then fell into following in his father's footsteps in the entertainment business. He performed in a harmony singing group, The Crosby Boys, with his three brothers, Philip, Lindsay, and Dennis, during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. As a teen, he sang duet on two songs with his famous dad, "Sam's Song" and "Play a Simple Melody", which became the first double-sided gold record in history. He also recorded duets with Louis Armstrong. Crosby performed on several variety programs, including ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom and NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.
As an actor, Crosby was briefly under contract to 20th Century-Fox but is perhaps best-remembered for his recurring roles as Eddie the scheming bellhop on The Bill Dana Show and Officer Edward "Ed" Wells on NBC's Adam-12 from 1968 to 1975, as well as appearances on several other shows produced by Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited (including an episode of Dragnet 1969 and two episodes of Emergency!). In 1965 Crosby made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as singer Jazbo Williams in "The Case of the Frustrated Folk Singer." He also appeared in the film Girl Happy (1965), with Elvis Presley, and "Come Wander With Me," an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1964.
In 1983, six years after Bing's death, Crosby published his autobiography, Going My Own Way, which revealed the effect of his alcoholism and his difficult childhood as a result of his mother's alcoholism and his father's alleged emotional and physical abuse. Some, especially his brother Phillip, claimed the abuse was not as severe as Gary described. However, Lindsay and Dennis reportedly confirmed Gary's account; both later committed suicide by gunshot. The book destroyed Bing Crosby's image as an ideal, low-keyed father, an image helped in no small measure by Crosby's famous holiday TV specials that usually included family members from his second marriage.
Gary Crosby died of lung cancer in Burbank, California, in 1995, and was interred in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. His mother, Dixie Lee, had previously died of ovarian cancer.
- Brother of Phillip and Dennis (twins) and Lindsay Crosby.
- Half-sibling of Harry Crosby, Nathaniel Crosby and Mary Crosby.
- Nephew of the bandleader Bob Crosby.
- Cousin of Cathy Crosby and Chris Crosby.
- Uncle of Denise Crosby, L. Chip Crosby Jr.
Select acting credits
- Mardi Gras (1958)
- Holiday for Lovers (1959)
- A Private's Affair (1959)
- Operation Bikini (1963)
- Girl Happy (1965)
- Gary Crosby at the Internet Movie Database
- Gary Crosby at AllMusic
- Gary Crosby discography at Discogs
- Gary Crosby at Find a Grave