This trim, intense actor is best-known for his role as John Merrick in Broadway's "The Elephant Man" (1979), a show he also co-produced. Anglim began acting at Yale, then branched out to stock and reg...
Reprised role of John Merrick in NBC TV version of "The Elephant Man"
Acted in the CBS TV-movie "Dallas: War of the Ewings"
Made TV debut as Charles Adams II in "The Adams Chronicles" (PBS)
Played Dane O'Neill in the ABC miniseries "The Thorn Birds"
Had recurring role as Vedek Bareil on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"
Appeared as Lord Byron in "Haunted Summer"
New York stage debut in "Snow White"
Feature film debut in "The All-American Boy"
Starred in and co-produced "The Elephant Man" on Broadway
This trim, intense actor is best-known for his role as John Merrick in Broadway's "The Elephant Man" (1979), a show he also co-produced. Anglim began acting at Yale, then branched out to stock and regional theater. He spent a year in the Southbury (Connecticut) Playhouse, before appearing in such shows as "What the Butler Saw" and "The Contrast" (both in Cincinnati, 1975) and "Snow White" (New York, 1976). Anglim also had a bit part in the TV-movie, "Muhammed", in which "my camel spit at me". But Anglim was still largely unknown when he optioned the London play about the deformed 19th-century "The Elephant Man". It debuted off-Broadway at St. Peter's Church before moving to The Booth Theater on Broadway in 1979.
Anglim went on to appear in the NBC-TV version of that play in 1982, although John Hurt played another interpretation of the character on film. Anglim's post-"Elephant" career onstage has included "Macbeth", "Welded" and the lead in the touring company of "M. Butterfly". In 1980 he starred in the one-man drama, "Judgment". He also co-produced the Broadway musical "Tintypes".
Anglim's film career began with a tiny role in support of Jon Voight in "The All-American Boy" (1973). He had roles in the nuclear disaster film "Testament" (1983), the Burt Reynolds actioner "Malone" (1987), as Lord Byron in "Haunted Summer" (1988), "The Man Inside" (1990) and as Franz Kafka in the multi-national production "Milena" (1990). Anglim had a supporting role--as a ghost--in Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories" (1980), but asked to have his part and credit removed from the film.
On TV, Anglim had supporting roles in two popular miniseries: as Charles Adams II in "The Adams Chronicles" (PBS, 1976) and as the pious Dane O'Neill in "The Thorn Birds" (ABC, 1983). Besides "The Elephant Man", he has appeared in the Showtime film "Curacao" (1993), the NBC pilot "The Book" (1995), and spent two seasons on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (syndicated) as Vedek Bareil.
Anglim thought the movie version of "The Elephant Man" was "tasteless and ghoulish, totally the opposite of what our play was about. We talked of the beauty of ugliness." --Philip Anglim quoted in New York Post, January 10, 1981.
"Actors who get caught up in their characters are unprofessional, have psychological problems and are diluting their creative energy." --Angilm to GQ, May 1981.