Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Happy Birthday to Joey Bishop. He was born at this date in 1918 in the Bronx. Joey was, of course a member of the Rat Pack. He played in movies with his pallies like Ocean's Eleven (1960) and Sergeants 3 (1962). Joey starred in his own sitcom called The Joey Bishop Show, which ran for four seasons from 1961 to 1965. He guest hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson quite a few times. Joey would even host his own talk show called The Joey Bishop Show (1967-1969). His sidekick on that show was Regis Philbin. Joey made many appearances on various talk shows, game shows & sitcoms throughout the years. He continued to act into the 1990's, playing in the film Betsy's Wedding from 1990. He would be the last member of the Rat Pack to pass away. Joey died on October 17, 2007 in California. He was 89. If he had lived to this birthday, he would be 91. I raise a toast to Joey Bishop. While he's not my favorite member of the Rat Pack, Joey had a part to play and he played it well. I salute him. Cheers!