Joey Bishop
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The last of the pack

Joey Bishop, shown in 1961, was never at a loss for words. He opened for Frank Sinatra for more than a decade and became part of the fabled Rat Pack, cementing his reputation as the consummate ad-libber. He was the group’s last surviving member. (File photo)
Adept at impersonations, Bishop took a turn as legendary comedian Eddie Cantor on “The Dean Martin Show” in 1972. (NBC)
On his heavily ad-libbed sitcom “The Joey Bishop Show,” which aired from 1961 to ’65, a chimp in a dress was par for the course. (File Photo)
The fast-living Rat Pack in front of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas during the filming of “Ocean’s 11" in 1960: Frank Sinatra, from left, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. It was Bishop who wrote most of the material for the group’s nightly stage act dubbed “The Summit.” (Twentieth Century Fox)
Bishop is shown fresh from an almost four-year stint with the Army. From there, he landed at a Manhattan club where he gained a reputation as a quick-witted rising young comic. His varied career over the years included motion pictures (“The Deep Six,” “The Naked and the Dead,” “Delta Force”), TV shows, Broadway, White House inaugural shows and stand-up acts. (File photo)
When “The Joey Bishop Show” turned up on cable’s TV Land in the late ‘90s, the star of the sitcom opined: “I’m as up-to-date as anything with an out-of-date show.” (Robert Lachman / LAT)