Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 19th, 2007
Joey Bishop’s publicist and longtime friend, Warren Cowan, announced Bishop died from multiple causes at home in Newport Beach, California, on Wednesday, October 17, 2007, aged 89.
Joey Bishop (February 3, 1918 – October 17, 2007) was perhaps best remembered as being a member of the “Rat Pack” with Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. He was the last survivor of that group of entertainers.
The comedian, who often filled in for Johnny Carson, tried his own hand at a similar show in the 1960s.
Few realize that Joey Bishop is part of the history of the Patterson-Gimlin film. Bishop was one of the first to have Roger Patterson appear on his late-night program soon after the October 20, 1967, filming of the Bigfoot at Bluff Creek.
The television talk show, The Joey Bishop Show (1967-1969), was a 90-minute late-night talk show on ABC. Bishop’s co-host for the show was then-newcomer Regis Philbin.
Roger Patterson also appeared on Merv Griffin’s program, with Dr. Grover Krantz offering his analysis of the Patterson-Gimlin film, in the fall of 1967. Merv Griffin, born on July 6, 1925, likewise recently died, on August 12, 2007. In 1965, Griffin launched a syndicated talk show for Group W (Westinghouse Broadcasting) entitled The Merv Griffin Show, which lasted 21 years on the air.
As far as I have been able to determine, no copies of Roger Patterson’s appearances, showing the film of Bigfoot, on The Joey Bishop Show or The Merv Griffin Show have surfaced in the last 40 years.
Roger Patterson died of Hodgkin’s disease in January 1972, at the age of 38, a little over four years after filming Bigfoot.
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