Jerry Bishop Wiki – Jerry Bishop Biography
Jerry Bishop, who appeared in thousands of episodes of the beloved courthouse program Judge Judy, died from heart disease on Tuesday.
Before becoming the longtime announcer of the long-running syndicated program in 1994, he was a prominent radio host in the 1960s throughout the 1980s.
‘Jerry Bishop has been the voice of our program for 24 years,’ Judge Judy Sheindlin said in a statement, according to People. ‘I adored him and will miss him.’
Education, early Career
Bishop earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College. He got his start in radio at Hartford’s WDRC. He moved to the west coast in 1963, landing at KCBQ in San Diego. In 1965, he moved to Los Angeles to join KLAC.
In 1969, he joined KFI and during his 5-year stay there, he co-hosted “Sports Phone.” He later moved to KIIS, where he partnered with Tom Murphy to host the “Tom and Jerry Show” in 1979. During his radio career, Bishop interviewed industry notables such as Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, and Frank Sinatra.
Bishop also did voice-over campaigns for brands including Miller Coors, Budweiser and Burger King. He also did promotional voice work for the ABC and NBC and was the voice of the Disney Channel for 15 years.
Bishop was born on October 19, 1935, in Hartford, Connecticut, United States as Gerald Blume. He died on April 21, 2020, at the age of 84.
Jerry Bishop married his wife Velma Joan Leventhal in 1956 in Hartford. Velma died in 2007. They were married for nearly 50 years.
Jerry and his wife Velma Leventhal had three daughters, Karen Rosenbloom, Michelle Carriker, and Stephanie Blume. Velma died in 2007.
Bishop is survived by his three daughters Karen Rosenbloom, Michelle Carriker and Stephanie Blume, grandchildren Allison Rosenbloom, Brandon Rosenbloom, and Zachary Carriker, and a brother Daniel Blume.
Jerry Bishop Death
Jerry Bishop died on April 21, 2020, at the age of 84. Publicist, Gary Rosen, for the show “Judge Judy” confirmed his death in a statement to USA TODAY. Judge Judy Sheindlin said in a statement to TMZ: “Jerry Bishop has been the voice of our program for 24 years. His voice was powerful, soothing, and caring, which are three qualities he embodied so well. Everybody loved him. He had a golden heart and generous spirit. I adored him and will miss him.”
Arlene Thornton, Jerry’s agent of 35 years said in a statement: “Jerry was far more than a client, he was a friend and the best friend that anybody could ever have. He was a prince and a mensch but he was truly family.”
Jerry Bishop Cause of Death
Jerry Bishop’s cause of death was heart disease. His granddaughter Allison Rosenbloom, told the Los Angeles Times that “he suffered from heart complications and kidney failure.”
Information about Jerry Bishop’s net worth is being updated.