Bishop as Rudolph Strobel in the 1949 film Anna Lucasta.
|Born||July 16, 1918|
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||October 3, 1959 (aged 41)|
Malibu, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica|
|Alma mater||West Virginia University|
|Spouse(s)||Shirley Mohr Bishop|
William Paxton Bishop (July 16, 1918 – October 3, 1959) was an American television and movie actor from Oak Park, Illinois.
Bishop was the son of Edward T. Bishop and Helen MacArthur Bishop. He had a brother, Robert. His elementary and secondary schooling came in New York and New Jersey. He went to West Virginia University where he wanted to study law but left to enter theater. While he was at WVU, Bishop "won laurels as a football player and in other athletics."
Bishop's early experiences in acting came on the stage. After some work in little theaters in New York, he appeared on Broadway in Tobacco Road. He was also a charter member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre.
Television and film
Bishop was best known for his role as Steve Connors on the 1950s NBC comedy series It's a Great Life He was also seen in other programs, including Schlitz Playhouse of Stars and The Loretta Young Show.
He had roles in films including Harriet Craig, The Killer That Stalked New York and The Basketball Fix, plus numerous westerns such as Top Gun, The Tougher They Come, Gun Belt, Cripple Creek and Wyoming Renegades.
In 1956, Bishop married Shirley Mohr "in a small Nevada town after being marooned ... by blizzard."
- Pilot No. 5 (1943) - Cadet (uncredited)
- Young Ideas (1943) - French Lieutenant (uncredited)
- Salute to the Marines (1943) - Cpl. Anderson (uncredited)
- Swing Shift Maisie (1943) - Young Pilot (uncredited)
- I Dood It (1943) - Detective (uncredited)
- Soldier with Autograph Book (uncredited)
- Cry 'Havoc' (1943) - Soldier (uncredited)
- Swing Fever (1943) - Radio Man (uncredited)
- Lost Angel (1943) - Reporter (uncredited)
- A Guy Named Joe (1943) - Ray - Transport Pilot (uncredited)
- Whistling in Brooklyn (1943) - Psychiatrist (uncredited)
- The Beginning or the End (1947) - 2nd Lieutenant - Electronics Officer, Enola Gay (uncredited)
- The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947) - Ad Buchanan
- Song of the Thin Man (1947) - Al Amboy
- Devil Ship (1947) - Sanderson
- Adventures in Silverado (1948) - Bill Foss
- Port Said (1948) - Leslie Sears
- Coroner Creek (1948) - Leach Conover
- Thunderhoof (1948) - The Kid
- Black Eagle (1948) - Jason Bond
- The Untamed Breed (1948) - Larch Keegan
- Slightly French (1949) - J.B. (voice, uncredited)
- The Walking Hills (1949) - Dave 'Shep' Wilson
- Anna Lucasta (1949) - Rudolf Strobel
- Mr. Soft Touch (1949) - Radio Broadcaster (voice, uncredited)
- The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) - Dr. Ben Wood
- Harriet Craig (1950) - Wes Miller
- The Tougher They Come (1950) - Gus Williams
- The Frogmen (1951) - Ferrino (uncredited)
- Lorna Doone (1951) - Carver Doone
- The Texas Rangers (1951) - Sam Bass
- The Basketball Fix (1951) - Mike Taft
- Montana Territory (1952) - Opening Off-Screen Narrator (uncredited)
- Cripple Creek (1952) - Silver Kirby
- Breakdown (1952) - Terry Williams
- The Raiders (1952) - Marshal William Henderson
- The Redhead from Wyoming (1953) - Jim Averell
- Gun Belt (1953) - Ike Clinton
- Overland Pacific (1954) - Del Stewart
- Wyoming Renegades (1955) - Sundance
- Top Gun (1955) - Canby Judd
- The Boss (1956) - Bob Herrick
- The White Squaw (1956) - Bob Garth
- The Phantom Stagecoach (1957) - Glen Hayden
- Short Cut to Hell (1957) - Sgt. Stan Lowery
- The Oregon Trail (1959) - Capt. George Wayne
- "TV and Film Actor William Bishop Dies". California, Long Beach. Independent Press-Telegram. October 4, 1959. p. 148. Retrieved March 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Great Life". TV Radio Mirror. 43 (2): 15. January 1955. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- "Theater Gossip". Florida, St. Petersburg. The Evening Independent. July 6, 1942. p. 6. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- "William Bishop". Playbill. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
- "Wed While Marooned in Storm". The Dispatch. North Carolina, Lexington. February 17, 1956. p. 8. Retrieved 22 March 2016.