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(Judge) is known as the Master of the Malaprop and is among the most widely
recognized and quoted performers in show business. In addition to a wide variety
of live performances annually, Crosby has appeared on and hosted numerous TV
shows, as well as having his own series "Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop."
Viewers also know him well as the Anheuser-Busch Company corporate spokesman for
Natural Light beer and other products.
Born and raised in the
Boston area, Crosby served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a radar operator in the
North Atlantic anti-submarine patrol, where he developed a hearing problem
caused by concussions from depth charges. His affliction prompted his interest
in problems for the hearing impaired. He was the first national Chairman for the
Council of Better Hearing and is a trustee of the Hope for Hearing Foundation at
UCLA. President Reagan appointed him special ambassador for Better Hearing and
Speech Month during his term of office. He has also worked for The City of Hope
in Duarte, serving as Ambassador of Good Will for more than a decade.
Other charitable work
includes co-hosting the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon and being national
ambassador for Childhelp USA. He was invited by former First Lady Barbara Bush
to launch National Child Abuse Prevention Month. He combines his philanthropic
activities with a love of golf.
In recognition of his
achievements, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce gave him a star on the Hollywood
Walk-of-Fame in 1982. In 1991 he received the Viceroy Award from President
George Bush at the Kennedy Center Awards Gala. He also received the lifetime
achievement award in entertainment from Washington's prestigious Touchdown
Club as well as the National Celebrity Award from the National Conference of
Christians and Jews, among many other honors.
Norm lives in Los
Angeles with his wife Joanie, a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, and their
two sons, Daniel and Andrew.
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