Joey Bishop dead at 89

The last of the Rat Pack is dead.

Joey Bishop, who along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford comprised the Rat Pack in the late 50s and early 60s, died of multiple causes in Newport Beach this morning.

Besides several movies, including the original Ocean's Eleven and The Naked and the Dead, Bishop starred in two different TV series titled The Joey Bishop Show.

The first one was a sitcom that ran from 1961 to 1965 (on two networks, ABC and NBC), the second was a late night talk show that ran from 1967 to 1968. The announcer and second banana on that talk show? Regis Philbin. Bishop also guest starred on Match Game, Murder, She Wrote, Trapper John, M.D., Get Smart, and guest hosted The Tonight Show.

Bishop's most recent work was an interview in a Frank Sinatra special in 1998 and the Comedy Central series 100 Greatest Standups in 2004.


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