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Overview (3)

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameRobert William Troup Jr.

Mini Bio (1)

Bobby Troup was an American actor, jazz pianist, singer, and songwriter. As a songwriter, Troup is mostly remembered for writing the hit song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" (1946), about a cross-country drive through the highway U.S. Route 66. Tne song was originally performed by Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio, and a second version was performed by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. Both versions were 1946 hits, and the song has since received many covers. As as an actor Troup is mostly remembered for playing Dr. Joe Early in the medical drama "Emergency!" (1972-1977).

Troup was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He attended the Hill School, a preparatory boarding school located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. In his college years, Troup attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a degree in economics.

Troup's first success as a songwriter was writing "Daddy" (1941), a hit song performed first by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra. Popular versions of the song were then recorded by Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Kay Kyser, and The Andrews Sisters. However, his music career was interrupted by World War II service.

Troup enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942. He was trained as an officer, and then assigned to train African-American marine recruits at the camp Montford Point (modern Camp Gilbert H. Johnson), located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. In 1943, Troup became a recreation officer. He helped build a recreation hall, basketball court, and outdoor boxing ring. He also founded the first African-American band of U.S. Marines, and composed the song "Take Me Away from Jacksonville". The song is still used as an anthem by North-Carolina-based Marines.

While still serving with the Marines, Troup composed the popular song "Snootie Little Cutie" (1942) . It was first recorded by singers Frank Sinatra and Connie Haines. Following the end of the War, Troup returned to his music career. "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" was his first post-war hit as a songwriter. Other hits included "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) performed by Little Richard, "The Meaning of the Blues" (1957) performed by Julie London, and "My City of Sydney" (1969) performed by Tommy Leonetti.

Troup released 10 records with his own recordings between 1953 and 1959. Despite his success as a songwriter, none of his records as a singer or pianist were commercially successful. His greatest success through the decade placed him in the producer's role, for Julie London's version of the hit song "Cry Me a River" (1955). It became a gold record.

Troup started acting as a side career. He made his film debut as an uncredited musician in the romantic comedy "Duchess of Idaho" (1950). He had credited roles in musical films such as "Bop Girl Goes Calypso" (1957), "The High Cost of Loving" (1958), and "The Five Pennies" (1959). Troup played then-recently deceased bandleader Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956) in the biographical "The Gene Krupa Story" (1959). His last film role was that of disgruntled staff sergeant Gorman in the military-themed comedy "M*A*S*H" (1970).

Troup had a more substantial career in television. He was cast as a fictionalized version of himself in the short-lived series "Acapulco" (1961). He had guest-star roles in popular series such as "Perry Mason", "Dragnet", and "Mannix". He found success in his long-running role of Dr. Joe Early in "Emergency". Early was depicted as a neurosurgeon, working at Rampart General Hospital. The series lasted for 6 seasons, and a total of 122 regular episodes. Six television films based on the series were broadcast between 1978 and 1979.

In the 1980s, Troup appeared in the stalker-themed television film "The 25th Man" (1982), which was intended as a pilot for a television series. His last television appearance was a guest-star role in a 1985 episode of the detective series "Simon & Simon". Troup was 67-years-old at the time.

Troup lived in retirement until 1999. He died due to a heart attack in February 1999. He was 80-years-old at the time of death. He was survived by his second wife Julie London, who died in October 2000.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dimos I

Family (2)

Spouse Julie London (31 December 1959 - 7 February 1999)  (his death)  (3 children)
Cynthia Conrad Hare (2 May 1942 - 10 August 1954)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Children Cynnie Troup
Ronne Troup
Stacy Webb
Lisa Webb
Kelly Troup

Trivia (12)

Earned a business degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the Mask and Wig Club.
Served in the Marine Corps during World War II as a captain.
Father of Cynnie Troup & Ronne Troup (by first marriage to Cynthia Hare); Stacy Webb & Lisa Webb (by wife Julie London's marriage to Jack Webb); Kelly Troup, Jody and Reese (twins) (by Julie London).
Composed the Alma Mater for the Pinecrest Schools in Southern California.
Wrote the song "Route 66", a hit for Nat 'King' Cole in 1946. Chuck Berry covered it as did The Rolling Stones on their first album and many others since.
Produced several albums for his wife, singer Julie London.
Singer-songwriter who is best remembered by the public as the calm, easy-going physician Dr. Joe Early with his wife Julie London on the popular medical drama Emergency! (1972).
Both Troup and Randolph Mantooth worked for Jack Webb before co-starring in Emergency! (1972).
Along with his real-life wife Julie London, he was one of the stars to appear in every episode of Emergency! (1972).
Had a collection of Ford Thunderbirds.
Had long hair and a ponytail before Emergency! (1972) aired, and was told to get a haircut by show producer Jack Webb.
Through his future wife Julie London, he met a young, unfamiliar actor Robert Fuller, after a stint in the US Army, in 195, at a club in Los Angeles, CA. At the time Fuller had stopped in for a beer and watched London sing. He remained friends with Fuller until his own death in 1999.

Personal Quotes (14)

[on wife Julie London] She is not a Julie London fan. She honestly doesn't realize how good she is. She's never really been a performer, she doesn't have that need to go out and please an audience and receive accolades. She's always been withdrawn, very introverted. She hated those big shows. I couldn't wait to do them, and she was only glad when they were over.
[on a popular '70s TV show that required attention] Of all the television programs in the United States, I think Emergency! (1972) did the most public service, because when we started no one had ever heard of a paramedic program. There were only three in the country, by the time we finished six or seven years later, there were thousands of them, there's a common word.
[of wife Julie London, who played Nurse Dixie 'Dix' McCall on Emergency! (1972)] It was ideal for me, I've been working clubs for about 26 year in Los Angeles, Julie would be on the road, we have seven children between us, and on my day off, my kids would say, 'Daddy, stay home,' and Julie would say, 'Come to Cleveland,' and it was wonderful to be together.
[on how he met his wife, Julie London] The way I remember meeting her was this. I was playing the "Celebrity Room" and, one night, she walked in. I was singing a song and she walked by the bandstand and I thought, "That's one of the most strikingly beautiful girls I've ever seen". Fortunately I knew Kay Saunders, the girl she was with. Kay is the wife of Herman S. Saunders. Herm's a trio leader who's working as a casting director for Julie's ex, Jack Webb, although at the time he had a trio at the Bantam Cock. Anyhow, knowing Kay, I thought, I can easily sit down at the table and get introduced. So I was.
The best way to relax is not to relax. You must keep your body and mind active. This is the best way I know to stay free from hangups.
Sit on your duff and you'll become a mental and physical puff.
[talking about his twin boys playing the piano]: I'd be delighted if the boys decided to take up music as a profession. It's done wonders for Julie [wife Julie London] and me.
[on making the transition from singer to actor] After playing nightclubs for 27 years, it was difficult to adjust myself to working days. I was used to going to bed at 5 or 6 in the morning and sleeping all day. There were times when I almost forgot what the sun looked like. I loved singing and playing the live audiences in clubs. But I don't miss it as much any more, because I think the series is the nicest thing that ever happened to me.
[in 1975] I am totally disenchanted with stage music, and I resent the lack of musicianship among today's kids. I just can't relate to them. I have always enjoyed performing and composing, but I can't delude myself. My era is past.
[in 1976] Well, somebody back there has been calling me about working in Michael's Pub.
A young man I know who is very close to The Carpenters says he needs five new songs for an album. I picked out five of the best I've written in the last few years and he showed them to The Carpenters. Know what they said? That they were too old-fashioned. I guess I could write music that would sell today, but that would mean compromise--and I don't want to do that.
[on why he never said he never worked on club dates prior to co-starring opposite Julie London, his real-life wife on Emergency! (1972)] It's mainly because there are no clubs available here in Los Angeles for groups like mine, for my kind of music.
[about writing the song "Route 66"] I wrote half the song riding along in the car.
[asked if he thought musical tastes in America might someday go back to simpler days when melody, not the beat, predominated] I don't know, I guess I'm pessimistic. But I'd love to be proven wrong.

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