Ed Bishop

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The American born actor Ed Bishop spent 50 years working in London, where he appeared in TV, radio, films and West End theatre. He was much in demand for commercial voiceovers and was the voice of Captain Blue in the cult puppet TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

Born George Bishop in New York on June 11, 1932, he served in the US Army in St John’s, Newfoundland. He began acting with the Newfoundland Players and on his discharge studied drama at Boston University. This led to a Fulbright scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he changed his name to Ed.

After deciding to stay in London permanently, Bishop began working in television and theatre. His first professional appearance was in the Granada TV drama Edge of Truth and he was in the original London production of the musical Bye Bye Birdie (Her Majesty’s, 1961). He also had a small role in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial film Lolita (1962).

Bishop made his Broadway debut in The Rehearsal, in which he co-starred with Coral Browne, and on his return to London he recieved critical acclaim for his role as John F Kennedy in Joan Littlewood’s production of MacBird. A regular on TV, he made countless appearances in series such as The Saint and The Baron and he had character roles in Dick Turpin, Colditz and Whoops Apocalypse.

His film credits included The Man in the Middle (1964), with Trevor Howard and Robert Mitchum, and two James Bond films, You Only Live Twice (1967) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971). In the early seventies he was one of the voices in the animated series of Star Trek.

He died on June 8, 2005, aged 72. He is survived by his third wife Jane Skinner and by three daughters.

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