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A comedian, actor, talk-show host and longtime member of the famed "Rat Pack," Joey Bishop was born on Feb. 3, 1918, in New York City.

As a stand-up comic working the burlesque circuit, Bishop remained relatively unknown. But everything changed when he met Frank Sinatra in 1952 and began performing with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford in Las Vegas and later on the big screen in Ocean's Eleven (1960) and Sergeants 3 (1962).

Bishop ultimately found his niche in television, first as a frequent guest on Jack Paar's "Tonight Show" (1958-62) and later as star of his own sitcom, "The Joey Bishop Show" (1961-65), and host of his own talk show by the same name in 1967. Notable films include The Naked and the Dead (1958), Valley of the Dolls (1967) and Mad Dog Time (1996), which was directed by his son, Larry. He died on Oct. 17, 2007, at age 89.

Joey Bishop in Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls

1967 PG-13

A small-town girl heads to Broadway, where she meets a plucky songbird and a bewitching beauty. This adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel follows the rise and fall of the three starlets, who succumb to the lure of prescription pills.

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