Ethan Phillips

Actor, Playwright
A stage-trained character player who endeared himself to TV audiences playing likable if somewhat geeky and enthusiastic supporting roles, Ethan Phillips was best known for his five-year stint (1980-85) on the popular ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1955 in Long Island, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

Irrational Man 2015 (Movie)

Jill's Father (Actor)

Out of Omaha 2014 (Movie)

Wayne Porter (Actor)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

Mitch Gorfein (Actor)

RoboRex 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Toolbox Murders 2 2012 (Movie)

Coroner B. Jones (Actor)

The Mentalist 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Guys 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mental 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Keith 2008 (Movie)

Mr Miles (Actor)

The Babysitters 2008 (Movie)

Mark Kessler (Actor)

A West Texas Children's Story 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chestnut: Hero of Central Park 2006 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Love, Inc. 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

8 Simple Rules 2002 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Island 2005 (Movie)

Jones Three Echo (Actor)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

Roger Merman (Actor)

Rock Me Baby 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rugrats Go Wild 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Too (Actor)

Family Tree 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Trekkies 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The First Men in the Moon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

For Richer Or Poorer 1997 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Homeboys in Outer Space 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Maybe This Time 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Platypus Man 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mommies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

Nelson (Actor)

Wagons East! 1994 (Movie)

Smedly (Actor)

Condition Critical 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Rain Without Thunder 1993 (Movie)

Gynecologist (Actor)

The Man Without A Face 1993 (Movie)

Mr Lansing (Actor)

Green Card 1990 (Movie)

Gorsky (Actor)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Basil Valentine (Actor)

Glory 1989 (Movie)

Hospital Steward (Actor)

Lean on Me 1989 (Movie)

Mr Rosenberg (Actor)

Burglar 1987 (Movie)

Bartender at Parker's on Fifth (Actor)

Deadly Deception 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Werewolf 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Benson 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Critters 1986 (Movie)

Jeff Barnes (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Arachnoquake (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Reflection (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Deception (Movie)

Coroner (Actor)

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Hallowed Ground (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost World (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A stage-trained character player who endeared himself to TV audiences playing likable if somewhat geeky and enthusiastic supporting roles, Ethan Phillips was best known for his five-year stint (1980-85) on the popular ABC sitcom, "Benson" as press secretary Pete Downey. He remained visible as a frequent TV guest star on such series as "Murphy Brown," "NYPD Blue," "Law and Order" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Philips also appeared in small roles in a number of features, including his film debut in the acclaimed "Ragtime" (1981), "Glory" (1989), "Green Card" (1990), "The Man Without a Face" (1993) and "The Shadow" (1994).

Relationships

Patricia Cresswell

Wife
former fashion magazine stylist married c. 1990

EDUCATION

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts

received a Jesuit education in NYC

Milestones

2005

Appeared in the sci-fi thriller "The Island," directed by Michael Bay

2001

Garnered praise for supporting turn as a jazz musician in the Pasadena Playhouse production of "Side Man"

1995

Cast as Neelix, the ship's cook and all-around busybody, on UPN's "Star Trek: Voyager"

1990

Played an INS agent in the romantic comedy, "Green Card"

1989

Co-starred with Morgan Freeman in the biographical-drama "Lean on Me"

1987

Played a recurring role on the Fox-TV thriller series, "Werewolf"

1987

TV-movie debut, "Deadly Deception"

1986

Starred in the sci-fi feature, "Critters"

1986

Had play, "Penguin Blues", produced at Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays (date approximate)

1982

First appearance on a TV special, "Circus of the Stars"

1981

Feature film debut was "Ragtime" directed by Milos Forman

1980

Debut as a TV series regular, played press secretary Pete Downey in the hit ABC spin-off sitcom, "Benson"

Raised on Long Island, New York

Worked extensively in regional theater

Developed play, "Penguin Blues", at the Sundance Institute

Acted at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute in Utah for six years

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