Crosby, Norm 1927–

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CROSBY, Norm 1927–

PERSONAL

Full name, Norman Lawrence Crosby; born September 15, 1927, in Boston, MA; son of John and Ann (maiden name, Lansky) Crosby; married Joan Crane Foley, November 1, 1966; children: Daniel Joseph, Andrew Crane. Education: Attended Massachusetts School of Art.

Addresses: Agent—William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Bernie Brillstein, Brillstein–Grey Entertainment, 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Charles Rapp Enterprises, Inc., 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

Career: Comedian and actor. Began career as a comedian in New England; performed throughout the United States and abroad, including work at nightclubs, concert halls, theatres, and cruise ships. Appeared in commercials. Worked as assistant master of ceremonies at a summer resort hotel; worked in a shoe store. Better Hearing Institute, national honorary chair; Hope for Hearing Foundation, trustee; Council for Better Hearing and Speech, national chair, beginning 1979, public information ambassador, 1988; City of Hope, sponsor of Norm Crosby Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament; also affiliated with the El Paso Cancer Treatment Center. Military service: U.S. Coast Guard, radar operator, 1945–46.

Member: Friars Club, Muscular Dystrophy Association (national vice president and telethon cohost), Masons, Shriners.

Awards, Honors: Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1982; named man of the year, International Variety Clubs, 1986; Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment, Touchdown Club (Washington, DC), 1988; Victory Award, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, from President George H. W. Bush, 1991; honored by United Services Organizations (USO), 2001; Jack Benny Comedy Award.

CREDITS

Television Appearances; Series:

Announcer, The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, NBC, 1968.

The Dean Martin Show (also known as The Dean Martin Comedy Hour), NBC, between 1968 and 1974.

Cohost, Everything Goes, syndicated, 1973.

Panelist, Liars Club, syndicated, 1976–1977.

Host, The Comedy Shop, syndicated, 1978–1980.

The New Love American Style, ABC, c. 1985–1986.

Norm, The Boys, Showtime, beginning 1989.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Himself, Greyhounds, CBS, 1994.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Super Comedy Bowl 1, CBS, 1971.

Super Comedy Bowl 2, CBS, 1972.

Happy Birthday, Las Vegas, 1977.

The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl, NBC, 1977.

Make 'em Laugh (also known as Make 'em Laugh: A Young People's Comedy Concert), CBS, 1979.

All–Star Gala at Ford's Theatre, ABC, 1987.

Caesar's 20th Birthday Celebration, Showtime, 1987.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 1989.

Host from Hollywood, MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, syndicated, 1990.

Bob Hope Lampoons Show Business, NBC, 1990.

Dinah Comes Home Again, The Nashville Network, 1990.

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come, CBS, 1990.

Starathon '90, syndicated, 1990.

The 1991 Crosby Clambake, The Nashville Network, 1991.

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, syndicated, 1992.

The 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 1992.

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way, ABC, 1995.

Himself, Let Me In, I Hear Laughter: A Salute to the Friars (also known as Let Me In, I Hear Laughter), Cinemax, 1999.

Host, Mrs. World 2003, PAX TV, 2003.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

National Basketball Players Association Awards, syndicated, 1989.

Presenter, The 35th Annual Victor Awards, Fox Sports Channel, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, The Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1965, 1966.

Guest, The Ed Sullivan Show (also known as Toast of the Town), CBS, multiple appearances, between 1967 and 1971.

Guest, The Kraft Music Hall, NBC, 1968.

Guest, The Merv Griffin Show, syndicated, 1968.

Charley, "Baby's First Birthday," That's Life, ABC, 1969.

Guest, Playboy after Dark, syndicated, 1969.

"Sex and the Married Man," That's Life, ABC, 1969.

"What's He Got That I Haven't Got?," That's Life, ABC, 1969.

Himself, "I Love You, Billy Baker: Parts 1 & 2," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1970.

Guest, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, CBS, multiple appearances, 1970, 1971.

Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, multiple appearances, between 1970 and 1976.

Dewey Conroy, "Log 88—Reason to Run," Adam–12, NBC, 1971.

Charlie, "Eyewitness," Adam–12, NBC, 1972.

Don Simpson, "Anatomy of a 415," Adam–12, NBC, 1973.

Wally, "Marooned: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, Comedy Central, c. 1991.

Jack Tavelman, "Rhyme and Punishment," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Reverend Crosley, "December Bride," Roseanne, ABC, 1995.

Bernie, "Again with the Mah Johngg," Alright Already, The WB, 1997.

Bernie, "Again with the Sexual Harassment," Alright Already, The WB, 1997.

Himself, "Kirby Carlisle, Trouble–Shooter," Arli$$, HBO, 1997.

Himself, "The Roast," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1997.

Bernie, "Again with the Satellite Dish," Alright Already, The WB, 1998.

Himself, "Monty Hall: Let's Make a Deal," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Pat Zito, "The Roast," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1999.

Voice of Mr. Hayman, "Opposites Attract," Buzz Light-year of Star Command (animated; also known as Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command), ABC, 2000.

Voice of Mr. Hayman, "The Shape Stealer," Buzz Light-year of Star Command (animated; also known as Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command), ABC, 2000.

Himself, "As Others See Us," Arli$$, HBO, 2001.

Judge, "Roast Challenge," Last Comic Standing (also known as Last Comic Standing: The Battle of the Best), NBC, 2004.

Himself, "Friars Club," Last Comic Standing (also known as Last Comic Standing: The Battle of the Best), NBC, 2004.

Appeared in The Big Room, HA!TV Comedy Network.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The Boys, Showtime, 1988.

Film Appearances:

Shlomo Schwartz, Amore!, PM Entertainment Group, 1993.

F. Me Weakly, The Misery Brothers, 1995.

Voice of judge, Eight Crazy Nights (animated; also known as Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights), Columbia/TriStar, 2002.

Himself, Bitter Jester, Panacea Entertainment, 2003.

RECORDINGS

Albums:

She Wouldn't Eat the Mushrooms, Epic, 1966.