Joey Bishop

Comedian, Actor, Talk show host
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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1918 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rat Pack 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad Dog Time 1996 (Movie)

Mr Gottlieb (Actor)

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

Eddie's Father (Actor)

The Delta Force 1986 (Movie)

Harry Goldman (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Sorority '62 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Liar's Club 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Sweepstakes 1973 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

City vs. Country 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

MC at Telethon (Actor)

Who's Minding the Mint? 1966 (Movie)

Ralph Randazzo (Actor)

Texas Across the River 1965 (Movie)

Kronk (Actor)

Johnny Cool 1963 (Movie)

Used Car Salesman (Actor)

Sergeants 3 1961 (Movie)

Sgt Major Roger Boswell (Actor)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

"Mushy" O'Conners (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Onionhead 1958 (Movie)

Gutsell (Actor)

The Naked and the Dead 1958 (Movie)

Roth (Actor)

The Deep Six 1957 (Movie)

Ski Krakawski (Actor)

Glory Years (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Sylvia Bishop

Wife
married c. 1941

Larry Bishop Actor

Child
Born c. 1948 wrote and directed "Mad Dog Time" (1996)

Milestones

1996

Made cameo appearance in son Larry's feature "Mad Dog Time"

1986

Portrayed Harry Goldman, a Jewish-American hostage taken prisoner by terrorists in "The Delta Force"

1981

Broadway debut, "Sugar Babies"

1962

Reteamed with Rat Packers for "Sergeants 3"

1960

First of the Rat Pack movies, "Oceans Eleven", with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Peter Lawford

1958

Series regular on quiz show, "Keep Talking" (CBS, 1958-1959; ABC, 1959-1960)

1958

Acted in "The Naked and the Dead" and "Onionhead"

1957

Feature debut, "The Deep Six"

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

Star of sitcom, "The Joey Bishop Show" (NBC, 1961-1964; CBS, 1964-1965)

Served as permanent guest host for Jack Paar on "The Tonight Show"

Hosted late-night ABC talk show, "The Joey Bishop Show"

Served in the United States Army

Got his start as burlesque comedian at Cleveland's "El Dumpo" in the late 1930s

Bonus Trivia

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

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