Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sands Crash as the Last Rat Packer Passes

I have been watching Mr. Bishop for several years know that his time was coming soon. And just before his 90th bday Jewish Rat Pack member and the last member is gone.

Joey Bishop
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Birth name
Joseph Abraham Gottlieb
February 3, 1918(1918-02-03)Bronx, New York
October 17, 2007 (aged 89)Newport Beach, California
Spouse(s) Sylvia Ruzga (1941 – 1999; 1 son) Joey Bishop (February 3, 1918October 17, 2007) was an American entertainer who was perhaps best known for being a member of the "Rat Pack" with Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin.
In 1941, Bishop married Sylvia Ruzga, who died in 1999 from lung cancer; they had one son, Larry Bishop.
Bishop appeared on television as early as 1948 and was a frequent guest on television talk shows, game shows, and comedy shows. He is listed as #96 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.

Born as Joseph Abraham Gottlieb in the Bronx, New York to Jewish parents Anna and Jacob Gottlieb,[1] and the youngest of five children, he began his career as part of a standup comedy act with his elder brother, Maury.
Bishop guest-hosted on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson more times than anyone else, and frequently appeared on Steve Allen and Jack Paar's previous versions of the show. He had his own television talk show, The Joey Bishop Show (1967-1969), a 90-minute late-night talk show on ABC. His co-host for this show was then-newcomer Regis Philbin. The Joey Bishop Show ran from 1961 until 1965 on both NBC and CBS; Bishop played a talk show host and Abby Dalton portrayed his wife. Bishop was portrayed in the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack by comedian Bobby Slayton.
Bishop was the last living member of The Rat Pack and was also the longest-lived member. Publicist and longtime friend, Warren Cowan, announced Bishop died from multiple causes at home in Newport Beach, California on October 17, 2007, aged 89. Coincidentally, the "Sands" hotel and casino in Atlantic City, which had been scheduled for demolition months prior, came down less than 24 hours after Bishop's death.

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