|Family||Gloria Bishop - Wife|
A Hollywood movie producer, one of his well-known movies was "Gay Cowboys". He generally produced low-budget B-movies. He worked with actresses June Ballard and Gloria, who he would later marry and had a strong business and personal with prop store owner, Marlon Hopgood. Like other notorious Hollywood studio figures, Bishop was a sex offender and with a preference for young girls. He often used Hopgood's casting room to drug and sexually exploit young actresses. His own wife was aware of this, but regarded him as a lesser evil compared to the other "monsters" in Hollywood.
While producing his new movie, "Jungle Drums", Bishop originally cast June Ballard for a main role, but later turned her down for Joan Leslie, to secure better financing. June was enraged and threatened Bishop and his wife. Bishop later met Jessica Hamilton at The Silver Screen Prop Store where he drugged her with Chloral Hydrate and molested her. However, he latter realized that he was being set up by Ballard. With Hopgood filming Bishop, June demanded the part in the movie, otherwise threatened to release the film, exposing Bishop as a rapist if he didn't comply.
Bishop sought to escape his predicament by attempting to murder both June and Jessica by staging a car crash. After drugging the two of them, he placed them in their car and used a fake shrunken head to wedge the accelerator, sending the car off an escarpment. He also attempted to bribe Hopgood by paying $20,000 to his ex-wife.
Events of L.A. NoireEdit
However, both June and Jessica survived, and the incident was investigated by Detectives Cole Phelps and Stefan Bekowsky. In retaliation, June and Guy McAfee ordered a hit on Bishop, sending out dozens of men to find and kill him. Phelps and Bekowsky eventually discovered that Bishop was hiding out in the abandoned and wrecked Intolerance Set. Phelps, Bekowsky and LAPD protected Bishop from McAfee's goons in a shootout. Bishop was sent to prison for rape and attempted murder, effectively ending his Hollywood career.
- His movie, "Gay Cowboys", may be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the movie Brokeback Mountain.
- It must be remembered that the word "gay" does not have the same meaning as it would today. Previously, "gay" was often used as a synonym of "happy", not homosexual as it is often implied to today. So, Mark's movie would be the 40's equivalent of "Happy Cowboys".
- During the intro, women are seen lining up for auditions for Bishop's "Jungle Drums" at the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd.