Gary Crosby (actor)

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Gary Crosby
Bing Crosby Gary Crosby 1951.JPG
Gary with father, Bing, 1951
Born Gary Evan Crosby
(1933-06-27)June 27, 1933
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died August 24, 1995(1995-08-24) (aged 62)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1945–1993
Spouse(s)
  • Barbara Cosentino
    (m. 1960; div. 1981)
  • Andrea Claudio
    (m. 1981; div. 19??)
  • Carol Crosby
    (m. 19??; div. 1995)
Children 1
Parent(s)
Relatives Phillip Crosby (brother)
Dennis Crosby (brother)
Lindsay Crosby (brother)
Harry Crosby III (half-brother)
Mary Crosby (half-sister)
Nathaniel Crosby (half-brother)
Larry Crosby (uncle)
Bob Crosby (uncle)
Chris Crosby (cousin)
Denise Crosby (niece)

Gary Evan Crosby (June 27, 1933 – August 24, 1995) was an American singer and actor. His parents were Bing Crosby, of whom he wrote a highly critical memoir, and the singer and actress Dixie Lee.

Biography[edit]

Gary Crosby was born in Los Angeles and attended Stanford University but dropped out. He entered 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.[1] 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.[2]

Radio Star[edit]

In the mid-1950s, he had his own radio program, the Gary Crosby Show on CBS.[3] The musical variety program debuted June 6, 1954, as a summer replacement for Bing Crosby's show.[4]

Actor[edit]

As an actor, Crosby was briefly under contract to 20th Century-Fox in the late 1950s. He appeared in a number of supporting roles for the studio, normally comedies in which Crosby played a soldier: Mardi Gras (1958) with Pat Boone; Holiday for Lovers (1959), as Carol Lynley's love interest; A Private's Affair (1959), with Sal Mineo; The Right Approach (1961) with Frankie Vaughan.

He 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!).[2]

In 1965, he made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as singer Jazbo Williams in "The Case of the Frustrated Folk Singer".[2] 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.[2]

Memoir[edit]

In 1983, six years after his father's death, Crosby published an autobiography, Going My Own Way, which revealed the effects of his alcoholism and his difficult childhood as a result of his mother's alcoholism and his father's emotional and physical abuse. Some, especially his brother Phillip, said the abuse was not as severe as Crosby described. However, his brothers Lindsay and Dennis reportedly confirmed Crosby's account; both men later committed suicide by gunshot.[5]

Death[edit]

Gary Crosby died of lung cancer in Burbank, California in 1995, and is interred in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. His mother, Dixie Lee, had died of ovarian cancer.[2]

Family relations[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gary Crosby, Bing's Son And Actor, 62". The New York Times. August 26, 1995. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Gary Crosby on IMDb
  3. ^ "Looie, Gary Crosby Hot". The Pittsburgh Courier. September 24, 1955. p. 15. Retrieved April 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "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.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Oliver, Myrna (August 25, 1995). "Gary Crosby; Singer, Actor, Son of Star". Los Angeles Times. 

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