Joseph Abraham Gottlieb
February 3, 1918
New York City, U.S.
|Died||October 17, 2007 (aged 89)|
(m. 1941; died 1999)
Joseph Abraham Gottlieb (February 3, 1918 – October 17, 2007), known professionally as Joey Bishop, was an American entertainer who appeared on television as early as 1948 and eventually starred in his own weekly comedy series playing a talk/variety show host, then later hosted a late-night talk show with Regis Philbin as his young sidekick on ABC. He also was a member of the "Rat Pack" with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford. He is listed as 96th entry on Comedy Central's list of 100 greatest comedians.
Early life and education
Bishop, the youngest of five children, was born in the Bronx, New York City, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants Anna (née Siegel) and Jacob Gottlieb. His father was a bicycle repairman. Bishop was raised in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bishop began his career as part of a stand-up comedy act with his elder brother, Maury. He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on May 28, 1950, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show on April 19, 1957, and many other variety programs in the early days of television. He guest-hosted The Tonight Show substituting for Jack Paar, and then guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson at least 175 times in the 1960s, and from 1971 to 1976 more than anyone else until that time (Jay Leno and Joan Rivers later surpassed his record). He also frequently appeared on Steve Allen's and Jack Paar's previous versions of The Tonight Show. He later had his own late-night show.
Bishop starred in the situation comedy The Joey Bishop Show that premiered on September 20, 1961, and ran for 123 episodes over four seasons, first on NBC and later CBS. Bishop played Joey Barnes, at first a publicity agent and then later a talk show host. Abby Dalton joined the cast in 1962 as his wife.
Bishop later hosted a 90-minute late-night talk show, also titled The Joey Bishop Show, that was launched by ABC on April 17, 1967, as competition to Carson's Tonight Show and ran until December 26, 1969. His sidekick was then-newcomer Regis Philbin.
Bishop was among the stars of the original Ocean's 11 film about military veterans who reunite in a plot to rob five Las Vegas casinos on New Year's Eve. He co-starred with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford of the so-called Rat Pack, although the five of them did not publicly acknowledge that name. During filming, the five entertainers performed together onstage in Vegas at the Sands Hotel. Bishop did only a little singing and dancing, but he told jokes and wrote most of the act's material. He later appeared with Sinatra, Martin, Davis, and Lawford in the military adventure Sergeants 3 (1962), a loose remake of Gunga Din (1939), and with Martin in the Western comedy Texas Across the River (1966), in which he portrayed an Indian.
Bishop was the only member of the Rat Pack to work with members of a younger group of actors dubbed the Brat Pack, appearing (as a ghost) in the film Betsy's Wedding (1990) with Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. His final appearance in a film was a non-speaking role in Mad Dog Time (1996), written and directed by his son, Larry. His character was named Gottlieb, which was his real surname. The film was panned by critics.
Personal life and final years
Thereafter, Bishop had a longtime companion, Nora Garibotti. In failing health for some time, Bishop died at age 89 of multiple organ failure on October 17, 2007, in his home on Lido Isle, a man-made island in the harbor of Newport Beach, California, as the last surviving Rat Pack member. Per Bishop's wishes, his remains were cremated and scattered in the Pacific Ocean near his home. He had two grandsons, Kirk and Scott.
- The Deep Six (1958) as Ski Krokowski
- The Naked and the Dead (1958) as Roth
- Onionhead (1958) as Sidney Gutsell
- Ocean's 11 (1960) as Mushy' O'Connors
- Pepe (1960) as Joey Bishop (Cameo)
- Sergeants 3 (1962) as Sgt.-Maj. Roger Boswell
- Johnny Cool (1963) as Holmes – Used Car Salesman
- Texas Across the River (1966) as Kronk
- A Guide for the Married Man (1967) as Technical Adviser (Charlie)
- Who's Minding the Mint? (1967) as Ralph Randazzo
- Valley of the Dolls (1967) as MC at Telethon
- The Delta Force (1986) as Harry Goldman (Passenger)
- Betsy's Wedding (1990) as Mr. Hopper – Eddie's Father
- Mad Dog Time (1996) as Mr. Gottlieb (final film role)
- The Polly Bergen Show (May 3, 1958) (guest star) as Himself
- Richard Diamond, Private Detective in "No Laughing Matter" (1959) as Joey Kirk
- The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis (May 12, 1960) as Himself
- What's My Line? (1960–1966) (frequent panelist) as Himself
- Make Room for Daddy (1961)
- The Joey Bishop Show (1961–1965) situation comedy co-starring Abby Dalton, originally on NBC, then CBS as Joey Barnes / Joey Barnes Jr. / Louie
- Password (1961–1967) (frequent guest)
- Get Smart (September 23, 1967) (cameo guest) as Himself
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992) (frequent guest & substitute host) as Himself
- The Hollywood Squares (1966–1981) (frequent panelist) as Himself
- The Joey Bishop Show (1967–1969) late-night 90-minute talk show on ABC
- Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (March 25, 1968/April 29, 1968/January 18, 1971) as Himself
- Chico and the Man (1976) as Charlie
- The Jacksons Variety Show (July 7, 1976) special guest star as Himself
- Celebrity Sweepstakes (1974–1977) (frequent panelist) as Himself
- Match Game (1976) as Panelist
- Liar's Club (1976–1978) (frequent panelist) as Himself
- Break the Bank (1976–1977) (frequent panelist) as Himself
- Murder, She Wrote (1985) as Buster Bailey
- Glory Years (1987) as Sydney Rosen
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Joey Bishop, the long-faced comedian and the last surviving member of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra's celebrated retinue of the 1960s, died Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 89. His death was of multiple causes, said his longtime publicist, Warren Cowan.
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