Actor Ed Bishop died June 8 in England. He was 72.
Bishop was born in Brooklyn, but spent most of his career in London, where he appeared on TV, radio and in films.
He was best known to British auds for his role as Commander Ed Straker in the series “UFO,” for which he dyed his dark hair blond. He provided the voice of Captain Blue in the puppet series “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons” and also appeared in the films “Battle Beneath the Earth,” “Doppelganger,” “Saturn 3” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001,” though in the latter most of his performance as a Pan Am shuttle pilot was cut.
Bishop first went to England on a Fulbright grant to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and made his debut in Granada Television’s “Edge of Truth.” He appeared on stage in “Look Homeward, Angel” and “Bye, Bye Birdie” and was then cast as an ambulance driver in Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita.”
He made his debut on Broadway as an Englishman in David Merrick’s production of “The Rehearsal” and then returned to London, where he played John Kennedy onstage in “MacBird.”
He appeared in films including “The War Lover,” “Man in the Middle,” “Diamonds are Forever” and “You Only Live Twice,” and on television in “The Saint” and “The Baron.”
In the 1970s, Bishop made a minor specialty of sexy B movies such as “Pets,” “Sex Play” and “Madame Claude,” and also played Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe on the radio.
He is survived by his wife Jane Skinner and three daughters.