William Bishop

Birthday: Jul 16, 1918
Birthplace: Not Available
American leading man William Bishop studied law at the University of West Virginia before settling upon an acting career. He came to Hollywood at the tail end of the "victory casting" period, when the major studios were hiring any and all handsome young actors to fill the gap until the major male stars like Gable and Fonda came back from the war. Under contract to MGM, Bishop was seen in sizeable but non-descript supporting roles in such films as A Guy Named Joe (1943) and Song of the Thin Man (1947). In the 1950s, the muscular, jut-jawed Bishop specialized in westerns like The Texas Rangers (1952), Redhead from Wyoming (1953) and Phantom Stagecoach (1954). His best showing during this period was as Carter Doone in Columbia's Technicolor costumer Lorna Doone (1952). For 39 weeks in 1954, Bishop costarred with Michael O'Shea and James Dunn in It's a Great Life, a TV sitcom about two ex-GIs living together in a small apartment. William Bishop died of cancer in his Malibu home at the age of 42; he had just completed work on his last film, The Oregon Trail (1959), in which he was billed just below star Fred MacMurray.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Short Cut to Hell Stan 1957
No Score Yet Top Gun Canby Judd 1955
No Score Yet Wyoming Renegades Sundance Kid 1955
No Score Yet Overland Pacific Del Stewart 1954
No Score Yet Gun Belt Ike Clinton 1953
No Score Yet The Redhead from Wyoming Jim Averell 1953
No Score Yet Cripple Creek Silver Kirby 1952
No Score Yet Breakdown Terry Williams 1952
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers Sam Bass 1951
No Score Yet The Frogmen Ferriso 1951
No Score Yet The Basketball Fix Mike Taft 1951
No Score Yet The Killer That Stalked New York Dr. Ben Wood 1950
No Score Yet Harriet Craig Wes Miller 1950
No Score Yet Slightly French J.B. 1949
No Score Yet Coroner Creek Leach Conover 1948
No Score Yet Romance of Rosy Ridge Ad Buchanan 1947
80% Song of the Thin Man Al Amboy 1947
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe Ray 1944
No Score Yet Lost Angel Reporter 1943
No Score Yet Girl Crazy Radio Man 1943
No Score Yet Swing Fever Soldier 1943
No Score Yet Pilot No. 5 Cadet 1943


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