Ed Bishop (June 11, 1932 - June 8, 2005) was an American film, television, stage and radio actor based in Britain.
Ed Bishop served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954, working as a disk jockey with the Armed Forces Radio.
After graduating in Theatre Arts from Boston University, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to study for two years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 1959 and almost immediately found work in the British theatre and film industries
His first Broadway appearance was as Villebosse in David Merrick's production of Jean Anouilh's The Rehearsal in 1963, though he returned to Britain in 1964.
On television, working for producer Gerry Anderson, his most notabe performance was Commander Ed Straker in the science fiction series, UFO, which was broadcast during 1970-1971.
Bishop made his film acting debut in a small role in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 adaptation of Lolita (as an ambulance driver). He had small roles in the James Bond films You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever, plus a cameo scene in The Bedford Incident. Some of his other better known films include Saturn 3, Twilight's Last Gleaming and Whoops Apocalypse (he also appeared in the TV series version).
In 1963 he played an American astronaut going to the moon in the movie The Mouse on the Moon.
Shortened biography from Wikipedia
Among his many radio performances the most notable is his portrayal of Philip Marlowe in what many regard as the definitive collection of Raymond Chandler dramatizations produced in the late seventies and eighties by Bill Morrison and John Tydeman.