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Last Rat Pack Member Dies

Posted: October 19th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Joey Bishop, the stone-faced comedian who found success in nightclubs, television and movies but became most famous as a member of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack, has died at 89. He was the group's last surviving member. Peter Lawford died in 1984, Sammy Davis Jr in 1990, Dean Martin in 1995, and Sinatra in 1998.

Bishop died last night (Thursday) of multiple causes at his home in Newport Beach, California, publicist and long-time friend Warren Cowan said today.

The Rat Pack became a show business sensation in the early 1960s, appearing at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in shows that combined music and comedy in a seemingly chaotic manner.

Reviewers often claimed that Bishop played a minor role, but Sinatra knew otherwise. He termed the comedian "The Hub Of The Big Wheel," with Bishop coming up with some of the best one-liners and beginning many jokes with his favourite phrase, "Son of a gun!"

The quintet lived it up whenever members were free of their own commitments. They appeared together in such films as "Ocean's Eleven" and "Sergeants 3" and proudly gave honorary membership to a certain fun-loving politician from Massachusetts, John F Kennedy, at whose inauguration gala Bishop served as master of ceremonies.

Source: PA Entertainment


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