Ed Bishop Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 June 1932Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 8 June 2005Kingston upon Thames, London, England, UK  (chest infection)
Birth NameGeorge Victor Bishop
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born as George Victor Bishop in 1932. He changed his name to Edward when he became a professional actor, as there was already an actor named George Bishop. Raised in Peekskill, New York through high school. Served in the US Army 1952-1954, worked as a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio at St Johns' Newfoundland. Planned for a career in Business Administration and went back to school at Boston University. Decided he didn't like Business Administration and enrolled in Boston University Theater Division (1956). Graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Won a scholarship to study drama at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1960. Started his professional acting career in July 1961. Married his second wife, the economist Hilary Preen at Caxton Hall in 1962. Met Hilary in Trafalgar Square when he was visiting places of interest in London. They had four children, who were born in 1964 (Daniel, who later died in a car crash), 1967 (Georgina), 1968 (Jessica) and 1971 (Serina). They lived in Napton on the Hill, a little village in Warwickshire, where he bought a large old house in 1980. Here he founded Napton Open Air Theatre and Napton Little Theatre, which staged high quality village productions. He later lived with his third wife, Jane Skinner, at East Molesey. Ed became a grandfather in 1994. He was a keen anti-war campaigner, addressing meetings in Manchester and attending demonstrations at arms fairs. He notably crashed one such fair dressed as General Pinochet, along with four other dictators that Britain had supplied arms to - and who had subsequently turned nasty: General Galtieri, Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler and Ivan the Terrible. It made the national news.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Marc Martin, marc@wln.com

Spouse (3)

Jane Skinner (2001 - 8 June 2005) (his death)
Hilary Preen (1962 - 1996) (divorced) (4 children)
Jane Thwaites (1955 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (4)

Attended FANDERSON 81, 82, 84, 90, 91, UFORIA (88), UFORIA II (89), SPACE CITY (93), ACTION 93, Phil and Eds Excellent Con (94), DANGER ZONE (95) conventions.
Had four children with his second wife, Hilary: son, Daniel (born May 16, 1967; died January 18; 1988); and daughters, Georgina, Jessica, and Serina. Daniel was killed in a car accident in Cumbria, England, UK.
He died only five days after his UFO (1970) co-star, Michael Billington.
He died from a chest infection while undergoing hospital tests and treatment for an undiagnosed blood disorder, on the morning of June 8, 2005, in London, England, UK.

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