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Crosby, Gary (I) Biography




biography of Crosby, Gary (I)

Crosby, Gary Evan
27 June 1933, Los Angeles, California, USA
24 August 1995, Burbank, California, USA (lung cancer)
6' 1"
The stocky-framed, lookalike son of singing legend 'Bing Crosby' (qv) who had that same bemused, forlorn look, fair hair and jug ears, Gary was the eldest of four sons born to the crooner and his first wife singer/actress 'Dixie Lee (I)' (qv). The boys' childhood was an intensely troubled one with all four trying to follow in their father's incredibly large footsteps as singers and actors. As youngsters, they briefly appeared with Bing as themselves in _Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)_ (qv) and _Duffy's Tavern (1945)_ (qv). Gary proved to be the most successful of the four, albeit a minor one. 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 and his brothers also formed their own harmonic singing group "The Crosby Boys" in subsequent years but their success was fleeting. Somewhere in the middle of all this Gary managed to attend Stanford University, but eventually dropped out. Gary concentrated a solo acting career in the late 50s and appeared pleasantly, if unobtrusively, in such breezy, lightweight fare as _Mardi Gras (1958)_ (qv), _Holiday for Lovers (1959)_ (qv), _A Private's Affair (1959)_ (qv), _Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)_ (qv) (perhaps his best role), _Operation Bikini (1963)_ (qv), and _Girl Happy (1965)_ (qv) with 'Elvis Presley' (qv). Making little leeway, he turned to TV series work. _"The Bill Dana Show" (1963)_ (qv) and _"Adam-12" (1968)_ (qv) as Officer Ed Wells kept him occasionally busy in the 60s and early 70s, also guesting on such shows as _"The Twilight Zone" (1959)_ (qv) and _"Matlock" (1986)_ (qv). Getting only so far as a modestly-talented Crosby son, Gary's erratic career was hampered in large part by a long-standing alcohol problem that began in his teens. In 1983, Gary published a "Daddy Dearest" autobiography entitled "Going My Own Way," an exacting account of the severe physical and emotional abuse he and his brothers experienced at the hands of his overly stern and distant father, who had died back in 1977. Mother Dixie, an alcoholic and recluse, died long before of ovarian cancer in 1952. All four boys went on to have lifelong problems with the bottle, with Gary hitting bottom several times. The tell-all book estranged Gary from the rest of his immediate family and did nothing to rejuvenate his stalled career. Two of his brothers, 'Dennis Crosby (I)' (qv) and 'Lindsay Crosby' (qv), later committed suicide. Gary was divorced from his third wife and was about to marry a fourth when he learned he had lung cancer. He died on August 24, 1995, two months after the diagnosis.
Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net



-   'Barbara Cosentino' (6 September 1960 - 1981) (divorced); 1 child

-   'Carol' (? - 17 August 1995) (divorced)

-   'Andrea Claudio' (qv) (1981 - ?) (divorced)


-   Uncle of 'Denise Crosby' (qv) and 'L. Chip Crosby Jr.' (qv)

-   Eldest son of 'Bing Crosby' (qv) and 'Dixie Lee (I)' (qv).

-   Nephew of bandleader 'Bob Crosby (I)' (qv).

-   Named after actor 'Gary Cooper (I)' (qv), his father's close friend.

-   At the time of his death, Gary was working on an album in which he would be paired electronically with his late father, in much the same way 'Natalie Cole (I)' (qv) did with her father, 'Nat 'King' Cole' (qv), on her "Unforgettable" album.

-   Brother of 'Lindsay Crosby' (qv), 'Phillip Crosby (I)' (qv) and 'Dennis Crosby (I)' (qv)

-   Father of Steve Crosby

-   Stepson of 'Kathryn Grant (I)' (qv).

-   Half-brother of 'Harry Crosby (II)' (qv), 'Nathaniel Crosby' (qv) and 'Mary Crosby (I)' (qv)

-   Cousin of 'Chris Crosby (I)' (qv) and 'Cathy Crosby' (qv)


-   Co-author of book: "Going My Own Way" with Ross Firestone. Doubleday, 1983

-   Appeared on the daytime television program "Swingin' Country" on November 29, 1966 and sung "Can't Stop Loving You".


-   Going My Own Way - 1983 autobiography describing the difficulty of growing

-   up with his father


-   [on father 'Bing Crosby' (qv)] We worshipped him. What he thought was everything. Of course, he was away a lot on location. Sometimes we didn't see him for months. But when he was home it was like my whole world was there. He was tremendously sensitive and he cared deeply. He just had a rough time showing it.

-   [on mother 'Dixie Lee (I)' (qv)]: My mother often said that she was in show business for about 15 minutes.

-   [Recalling the death of his father] One of the ladies came to the back gate. I could see she was crying. She said, 'I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but your father just passed away.' I thought, 'Am I supposed to act like I loved him all my life?'.

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Acting in movies

  1. "Biography" (1987) {Bing Crosby: America's Crooner}
  2. "Lady Chatterley" (1993) {(#1.1)}
  3. "In the Heat of the Night" (1988) {When the Music Stopped (#6.9)}
  4. Chill Factor (1989)
  5. The Night Stalker (1987)
  6. "Matlock" (1986) {The Court-Martial: Part 2 (#1.19)}
  7. "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) {Keep the Home Fries Burning (#2.14)}
  8. "Crazy Like a Fox" (1984) {Suitable for Framing (#1.12)}
  9. "Hunter" (1984) {Guilty (#1.16)}
  10. "Hunter" (1984) {Sniper (#1.19)}
  11. "Hunter" (1984) {The Garbage Man (#1.11)}
  12. "Hunter" (1984) {Hard Contract (#1.2)}
  13. "Hunter" (1984) {High Bleacher Man (#1.9)}
  14. "Hunter" (1984) {The Hot Grounder (#1.3)}
  15. "Cagney & Lacey" (1981) {The Gang's All Here (#2.20)}
  16. "Simon & Simon" (1981) {Fowl Play (#2.9)}
  17. "The Music Shoppe" (1981) {Breaking Into Show Business (#1.2)}
  18. "The Music Shoppe" (1981) {Free Room & Rock (#1.1)}
  19. "The Rockford Files" (1974) {Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job: Part 1 (#5.20)}
  20. "The Rockford Files" (1974) {Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job: Part 2 (#5.21)}
  21. "Vega$" (1978) {Design for Death (#2.5)}
  22. Three on a Date (1978) (TV)
  23. "Project U.F.O." (1978) {Sighting 4003: The Fremont Incident (#1.3)}
  24. "Project U.F.O." (1978) {Sighting 4022: The Camouflage Incident (#2.7)}
  25. "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" (1977) {Mystery on the Avalanche Express (#2.19)}
  26. "Wonder Woman" (1975) {Light-fingered Lady (#2.13)}
  27. "Match Game 73" (1973) {(1977-09-12)}
  28. "Sam" (1978) {(#1.0)}
  29. "Tattletales" (1974) {(1977-09-12)}
  30. "The Rockford Files" (1974) {The Dog and Pony Show (#4.5)}
  31. "The Bionic Woman" (1976) {Bionic Beauty (#1.6)}
  32. "Adam-12" (1968) {Citizen with a Gun (#7.17)}
  33. "Adam-12" (1968) {Dana Hall (#7.22)}
  34. "Adam-12" (1968) {Something Worth Dying For: Part 2 (#7.24)}
  35. "Emergency!" (1972) {905-Wild (#4.22)}
  36. "Emergency!" (1972) {Simple Adjustment (#5.10)}
  37. "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969) {The Medea Factor (#7.12)}
  38. "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969) {The One Face in the World (#7.13)}
  39. "Adam-12" (1968) {Camp: Part 2 (#7.2)}
  40. "Baffle" (1973) {(1974-03-11)}
  41. "Ironside" (1967) {Setup: Danger! (#8.6)}
  42. "Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law" (1971) {The Ghost of Buzz Stevens (#3.23)}
  43. "Sierra" (1974) {Taking Cody Winslow (#1.3)}
  44. "The Girl with Something Extra" (1973) {Guess Who's Feeding the Pigeons (#1.14)}
  45. "Chase" (1973)
  46. Partners in Crime (1973) (TV)
  47. "Adam-12" (1968) {Capture (#6.9)}
  48. "Adam-12" (1968) {Clear with a Civilian: Part 2 (#5.15)}
  49. "Adam-12" (1968) {Foothill Division: Mac's Boots (#6.3)}
  50. "Adam-12" (1968) {Harbor Division (#6.1)}
  51. "Adam-12" (1968) {If the Shoe Fits (#6.12)}
  52. "Adam-12" (1968) {Training Division: The Rookie (#6.8)}
  53. "Here's Lucy" (1968) {Lucy Plays Cops and Robbers (#6.14)}
  54. Justin Morgan Had a Horse (1972)
  55. Sandcastles (1972) (TV)
  56. "Adam-12" (1968) {The Late Baby (#5.2)}
  57. "Adam-12" (1968) {The Surprise (#5.8)}
  58. "Adam-12" (1968) {Training Wheels (#5.5)}
  59. "Adam-12" (1968) {Wednesday Warrior (#4.24)}
  60. "Disneyland" (1954) {Justin Morgan Had a Horse: Part 1 (#18.13)}
  61. "Disneyland" (1954) {Justin Morgan Had a Horse: Part 2 (#18.14)}
  62. "Emergency!" (1972) {Brushfire (#1.4)}
  63. "Emergency!" (1972) {Crash (#1.11)}
  64. "Emergency!" (1972) {Publicity Hound (#1.7)}
  65. "O'Hara, U.S. Treasury" (1971) {Operation: XW-1 (#1.14)}
  66. "Adam-12" (1968) {Log 164: The Poachers (#3.21)}
  67. "Adam-12" (1968) {Log 36: Man Between (#3.18)}
  68. "Adam-12" (1968) {Truant (#4.7)}
  69. "Ironside" (1967) {Class of '57 (#5.14)}
  70. "Love, American Style" (1969) {Love and the Accidental Passion/Love and the Black Limousine/Love and the Eskimo's Wife/Love and the Tuba (#3.11)}
  71. "Mayberry R.F.D." (1968) {The Moon Rocks (#3.18)}
  72. "O'Hara, U.S. Treasury" (1971) {O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (#1.0)}
  73. "The F.B.I." (1965) {The Fatal Connection (#6.19)}
  74. "Adam-12" (1968) {Log 34: Astro Division (#2.13)}
  75. "Julia" (1968) {Thanks Again (#3.5)}
  76. "Adam-12" (1968) {Log 123: Courtroom (#2.9)}
  77. "Adam-12" (1968) {Log 152: A Dead Cop Can't Help Anyone (#1.22)}
  78. "Adam-12" (1968) {Log 172: Boy, the Things You Do for the Job (#1.24)}
  79. "Adam-12" (1968) {Log 22:...So This Little Guy Goes Into a Bar, and... (#1.26)}
  80. "Della" (1969) {(#1.58)}
  81. "Dragnet 1967" (1967) {Forgery: DR-33 (#3.23)}
  82. "Julia" (1968) {Tank's for the Memory (#2.5)}
  83. "The Flying Nun" (1967) {Speak the Speach, I Pray You (#3.3)}
  84. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#6.21)}
  85. Wings of Fire (1967) (TV)
  86. "Hondo" (1967) {Hondo and the Hanging Town (#1.14)}
  87. "The Joey Bishop Show" (1967) {(#1.55)}
  88. "The Joey Bishop Show" (1967) {(#1.65)}
  89. "The Farmer's Daughter" (1963) {Have You Ever Thought of Building (#3.19)}
  90. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#3.21)}
  91. Girl Happy (1965)
  92. Hollywood My Home Town (1965)
  93. Morituri (1965)
  94. "Perry Mason" (1957) {The Case of the Frustrated Folksinger (#8.15)}
  95. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {A Tip for Uncle Sam (#1.15)}
  96. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Eddie Gets Fired (#1.18)}
  97. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Jose Resigns (#1.26)}
  98. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Jose's Dream Girl (#1.14)}
  99. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Jose's Four Amigos (#1.17)}
  100. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Jose, the Manager (#1.20)}
  101. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Jose, the Matchmaker (#1.22)}
  102. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Master of Disguise (#1.25)}
  103. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Party in Suite 15 (#1.21)}
  104. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Speak for Yourself, Jose (#1.19)}
  105. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {The Hiring of Jose (#1.24)}
  106. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#1.1)}
  107. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#2.11)}
  108. "The Twilight Zone" (1959) {Come Wander with Me (#5.34)}
  109. Operation Bikini (1963)
  110. "Ben Casey" (1961) {A Cardinal Act of Mercy: Part 1 (#2.15)}
  111. "Ben Casey" (1961) {A Cardinal Act of Mercy: Part 2 (#2.16)}
  112. "Ensign O'Toole" (1962) {Operation Physical (#1.28)}
  113. "Ensign O'Toole" (1962) {Operation: Boxer (#1.25)}
  114. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Beauty and the Baby (#1.12)}
  115. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Honeymoon Suite (#1.7)}
  116. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Jose the Agent (#1.8)}
  117. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Jose the Playboy (#1.3)}
  118. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Jose the Stockholder (#1.5)}
  119. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {Jose, the Astronaut (#1.10)}
  120. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {The Hypnotist (#1.2)}
  121. "The Bill Dana Show" (1963) {You Gotta Have Heart (#1.1)}
  122. "The Dick Powell Show" (1961) {Thunder in a Forgotten Town (#2.23)}
  123. Two Tickets to Paris (1962)
  124. "House Party" (1952) {(1962-06-18)}
  125. Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)
  126. The Right Approach (1961)
  127. "Here's Hollywood" (1960) {(1961-04-11)}
  128. A Private's Affair (1959)
  129. Holiday for Lovers (1959)
  130. "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" (1956) {(#3.24)}
  131. "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" (1956) {(#3.28)}
  132. Mardi Gras (1958)
  133. "The Bob Crosby Show" (1958) {(#1.3)}
  134. "The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom" (1957) {(#1.35)}
  135. "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955) {Bilko and the Crosby's (#4.8)}
  136. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#11.39)}
  137. "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955) {Bilko Presents Bing Crosby (#2.18)}
  138. "Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium" (1955) {(#2.25)}
  139. "Shower of Stars" (1954) {More Gold Records (#2.5)}
  140. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#9.39)}
  141. "Shower of Stars" (1954) {Auto Show (#2.2)}
  142. "Shower of Stars" (1954) {Gold Records (#2.3)}
  143. "Shower of Stars" (1954) {Time Out for Ginger (#2.1)}
  144. "The Jack Benny Program" (1950) {Gary Crosby Show (#5.13)}
  145. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#8.36)}
  146. "Person to Person" (1953) {(#2.14)}
  147. Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 10: Famous Fathers and Sons (1946)
  148. Duffy's Tavern (1945)
  149. Out of This World (1945)
  150. Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)

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