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||Lung cancer|
Personal life and career
Gary Crosby was born in Los Angeles and attended Stanford University but dropped out. He fell into the entertainment business, and 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 teenager, he duetted with his father on two songs, "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 and at least one 45-single with Sammy Davis Jr.. He also 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 1968–75, as well as appearances on several other shows produced by Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited (including an episode of Dragnet 1969 and five episodes of Emergency!).
In 1965, he made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as singer Jazbo Williams in "The Case of the Frustrated Folk Singer". He appeared in Girl Happy (1965), starring Elvis Presley, with whom he had been stationed in the Army, in Germany, and in "Come Wander with Me," an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1964. In the 1970s, he appeared occasionally on game shows such as Match Game and Tattletales as a guest panelist. He married and divorced three times; he had one stepchild as a result.
In 1983, six years after his father's death, Gary Crosby published an 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 men later committed suicide by gunshot.
- Brother of Phillip and Dennis (twins) and Lindsay Crosby.
- Half-brother of Harry Crosby, Nathaniel Crosby and Mary Crosby.
- Nephew of the bandleader Bob Crosby.
- Cousin of Cathy Crosby and Chris Crosby (singer).
- Uncle of Denise Crosby, L. Chip Crosby Jr.
Select acting credits
- Mardi Gras (1958)
- Holiday for Lovers (1959)
- A Private's Affair (1959)
- The Right Approach (1961)
- Operation Bikini (1963)
- Girl Happy (1965)
- Perry Mason TV series, The Case of The Frustrated Folk Singer (1965)
- Adam-12 TV series, various episodes
- Emergency! TV series, Various episodes
- Project U.F.O. TV series.
- Hunter TV series, Various episodes
- The Night Stalker (1987)
- "Gary Crosby, Bing's Son And Actor, 62". The New York Times. August 26, 1995.
- Gary Crosby at the Internet Movie Database
- "Looie, Gary Crosby Hot". The Pittsburgh Courier. September 24, 1955. p. 15. Retrieved April 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Son To Step In Dad's Shoes With Own 'Gary Crosby Show'". The Kokomo Tribune. May 20, 1954. p. 13. Retrieved April 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Oliver, Myrna (August 25, 1995). "Gary Crosby; Singer, Actor, Son of Star". Los Angeles Times.