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Joey Bishop

Joey BishopAKA Joseph Abraham Gottlieb

Born: 3-Feb-1918
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Died: 17-Oct-2007
Location of death: Newport Beach, CA
Cause of death: Natural Causes
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Comic, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Rat Pack member

Joey Bishop grew up in South Philadelphia, and started his comedy career doing vaudeville. Still known as Joey Gottlieb, he was briefly in a comedy group that called itself "The Bishop Trio", named for the group's driver. When the act broke up, Bishop kept the name for himself.

His sitcom, The Joey Bishop Show, ran from 1961-65, with Bishop playing a showbiz schmooze-type who (in the second season) became host of a TV talk show. When he hosted a talk show in real life, also called The Joey Bishop Show (1967-69), his sidekick and comic foil was the young Regis Philbin. As a running gag, Bishop routinely needled Philbin on the air, but the gags ended when Regis stalked off the set during a live broadcast, and stayed away for several days.

Bishop seems generally the least-remembered member of the Rat Pack, five cool stars and pals of the 1950s and 60s (the other four were Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Peter Lawford). He appeared in the Rat Pack movies Oceans Eleven (1960) and Sergeants Three (1962). He said or did something that annoyed Sinatra (it's unclear exactly what) and was booted from the pack while their next film, (Robin and the Seven Hoods), was in pre-production.

Father: Jacob Gottlieb
Mother: Anna Gottlieb
Wife: Sylvia Ruzga (m. 1941, d. 1999)
Son: Larry Bishop

    High School: (dropped out at age 16)

    Rat Pack

    TELEVISION
    The Joey Bishop Show Joey Barnes (1961-65)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Mad Dog Time (8-Nov-1996)
    Betsy's Wedding (22-Jun-1990)
    The Delta Force (14-Feb-1986)
    Valley of the Dolls (15-Dec-1967) · MC at Telethon
    Who's Minding the Mint? (26-Sep-1967)
    A Guide for the Married Man (25-May-1967)
    Texas Across the River (26-Oct-1966) · Kronk
    Johnny Cool (2-Oct-1963) · Used Car Salesman
    Sergeants 3 (10-Feb-1962)
    Pepe (21-Dec-1960) · Himself
    Ocean's Eleven (10-Aug-1960) · "Mushy" O'Connors
    Onionhead (1-Oct-1958) · Gutsell
    The Naked and the Dead (6-Aug-1958) · Roth
    The Deep Six (15-Jan-1958) · Ski Krokowski


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