He was a member of one of the most iconic show business acts of all-time. He played the top nightclubs of the day, had his own network television sitcom, hosted The Tonight Show more than 200 times, and was the star of his own late night talk show that ran for several years. He also hosted the Emmys multiple times, and appeared in more than a dozen feature films and countless TV shows as a guest star. He was also, apparently, one of the most hated men in show business. His name is Joey Bishop, and he’s chronicled by authors RIchard Lertzman with Lon Davis in the new book Deconstructing the Rat Pack: Joey, the Mob, and the Summit (Prestige Cinema Books). It’s an unsparing look at how a top entertainment star could fall to earth through very human foibles. Related Story Frank Cullotta Dies: Las Vegas Mobster Who Was Key Adviser On ‘Casino’ Film Was 81 Lertzman and Davis’s well-researched book includes details of mob-run Las Vegas, as well as extensive time spent interviewing Bishop, whose bitter fade started at the relatively young age of 50, leaving him practically forgotten upon his death in 2007 at age 89. It’s a… Read full this story
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