Joey Bishop

Joey Bishop

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald S. Smith, pg. 53-54. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

Comedian/producer Danny Thomas was so impressed with Bishop that he had a weekly sitcom built around Bishop in the early 60s.

During his "Rat Pack" peak, he was asked by Sinatra to be the master of ceremonies for President Kennedy's inaugural gala.

Father of actor Larry Bishop.

Guest-hosted "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) more than anyone else, doing so 177 times.

He and the other members of the Rat Pack were banned from Marilyn Monroe's funeral by Joe DiMaggio.

His professional surname, Bishop, was taken from the last name of a chauffeur friend of his in his early days in show business.

Is portrayed by Bobby Slayton in The Rat Pack (1998) (TV)

Member of the "Rat Pack" - himself, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford. All appear in Ocean's Eleven (1960).

One of his biggest passions was simply playing golf with his comic cronies Buddy Hackett, Phil Foster and Dick Shawn.

Received a citation from Pope John XXIII for his help with the Boys Towns throughout Italy.

Some time after his wife's death, Nora Garbotti became his constant companion.

Was a regular on the 'Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.'

Was the last surviving member of "The Rat Pack".

Weighed 2lbs, 14 oz, at birth. At the time was the smallest baby ever born at Fordham Hospital in New York City.

While he performed as the "straight man" during the famous "Rat Pack" performances in Las Vegas, he wrote much of the material that was performed on stage.