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Also Known As: Joseph Abraham Gottlieb Died: October 17, 2007
Born: February 3, 1918 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: comedian, talk show host, actor

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The cynical, quick-witted funnyman of the iconic Rat Pack, actor-comedian Joey Bishop was held in far higher esteem by pack leader Frank Sinatra than may have been apparent to the casual spectator. Educated in the hard-knock school of the vaudeville circuit, Bishop had gained a solid reputation as a nightclub comedian by the early 1950s, whereupon he caught the eye of Sinatra, who hired him as an opening act. He soon broke into acting with small roles in such films as "The Naked and the Dead" (1958), but it was the Rat Pack-defining crime caper "Ocean's Eleven" (1960) that forever enshrined him and his pals Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis, Jr. as icons of Sixties cool. As a solo act on television, Bishop enjoyed a successful run as a sitcom star on "The Joey Bishop Show" (NBC, 1961-64/CBS, 1964-65), followed by a brief run as a late night talk show host with "The Joey Bishop Show" (ABC, 1967-69). Following a decade comprised largely of nightclub performances and appearances on television game shows, Bishop made his Broadway debut with a short stint in the long-running musical "Sugar Babies" in 1981. With his career winding down, the comic made the occasional return to the screen...

The cynical, quick-witted funnyman of the iconic Rat Pack, actor-comedian Joey Bishop was held in far higher esteem by pack leader Frank Sinatra than may have been apparent to the casual spectator. Educated in the hard-knock school of the vaudeville circuit, Bishop had gained a solid reputation as a nightclub comedian by the early 1950s, whereupon he caught the eye of Sinatra, who hired him as an opening act. He soon broke into acting with small roles in such films as "The Naked and the Dead" (1958), but it was the Rat Pack-defining crime caper "Ocean's Eleven" (1960) that forever enshrined him and his pals Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis, Jr. as icons of Sixties cool. As a solo act on television, Bishop enjoyed a successful run as a sitcom star on "The Joey Bishop Show" (NBC, 1961-64/CBS, 1964-65), followed by a brief run as a late night talk show host with "The Joey Bishop Show" (ABC, 1967-69). Following a decade comprised largely of nightclub performances and appearances on television game shows, Bishop made his Broadway debut with a short stint in the long-running musical "Sugar Babies" in 1981. With his career winding down, the comic made the occasional return to the screen in features like the action-adventure "The Delta Force" (1986). Although often overshadowed by his larger-than-life Rat Pack brethren, Bishop managed to outlast them all, leaving behind a legacy as a devoted friend, husband and remarkably accomplished entertainer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mad Dog Time (1996) Mr Gottlieb
2.
 Betsy's Wedding (1990) Eddie'S Father
3.
 Delta Force, The (1986) Harry Goldman
4.
 Who's Minding the Mint? (1967) Ralph Randazzo
5.
 Valley of the Dolls (1967) Mc at telethon
7.
 Texas Across the River (1966) Kronk
8.
 Johnny Cool (1963) Used car salesman
9.
 Sergeants 3 (1962) Sgt. Maj. Roger Boswell
10.
 Pepe (1961)
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Got his start as burlesque comedian at Cleveland's "El Dumpo" in the late 1930s
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Served in the United States Army
1952:
Met Frank Sinatra while performing in NYC's Latin Quarter; Siantra asked Bishop to join him for a series of club gigs at the Copacabana
1957:
Feature debut, "The Deep Six"
1958:
Acted in "The Naked and the Dead" and "Onionhead"
1958:
Series regular on quiz show, "Keep Talking" (CBS, 1958-1959; ABC, 1959-1960)
1960:
First of the Rat Pack movies, "Oceans Eleven", with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Peter Lawford
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Star of sitcom, "The Joey Bishop Show" (NBC, 1961-1964; CBS, 1964-1965)
1962:
Reteamed with Rat Packers for "Sergeants 3"
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Served as permanent guest host for Jack Paar on "The Tonight Show"
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Hosted late-night ABC talk show, "The Joey Bishop Show"
1981:
Broadway debut, "Sugar Babies"
1986:
Portrayed Harry Goldman, a Jewish-American hostage taken prisoner by terrorists in "The Delta Force"
1996:
Made cameo appearance in son Larry's feature "Mad Dog Time"
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Notes

Bishop had the honor of being the Master of Cermonies at President John F Kennedy's Inaugeral Gala in 1961.

Remembering Frank Sinatra: "I called him about a year ago when I heard he was sick, and I said, 'Frank, if you're just tired, and you're not really sick, I will never speak to you again.' I tried to only call when I had something I thought would cheer him up ... The Rat Pack was all about fun, and illness isn't fun ... I think he's in heaven now and they're happy he's singin' again." --Joey Bishop in Los Angeles Times, May 16, 1998.

About the alleged wildness of the Rat Pack: "I hope I don't offend anybody, okay? What you are hearing and seing now about the Rat Pack is hearsay. I have been married 57 years. I never had a drink of liquor in my life except for wine at the Passover services. Dean [Martin] didn't drink. He played golf every morning at 8:30 with Nicky Hilton. Five thousand dollars a game they played. You can't drink and play golf like that and then do two shows at night, you understand? I never saw Frank [Sinatra] drunk. I never saw Dean drunk. I never saw Sammy [Davis Jr] drunk." --Bishop to People, August 3, 1998.

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wife:
Sylvia Bishop. Married c. 1941.

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son:
Larry Bishop. Director, screenwriter, actor. Born c. 1948; wrote and directed "Mad Dog Time" (1996).

Bibliography close complete biography

"Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Showbiz Party" Doubleday
"A Mouse in the Rat Pack" Cooper Square Press

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