Phil Silvers

Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillian
Bespectacled vaudevillian who made his feature debut in the early 1940s and established himself as an engaging comic character player in films such as "You're in the Army Now" (1942), "Cover Girl" (1944) and "It's A Mad ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1911 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Hoppy (Actor)

There Goes the Bride 1978 (Movie)

Psychiatrist (Actor)

The Chicken Chronicles 1976 (Movie)

Max Ober (Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1975 (Movie)

Murry Fromberg (Actor)

The Strongest Man in the World 1974 (Movie)

Krinkle (Actor)

City vs. Country 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Eddie 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Julia 1968 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About...? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beverly Hillbillies 1962 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boatniks 1970 (Movie)

Harry Simmons (Actor)

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell 1968 (Movie)

Phil Newman (Actor)

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

40 Pounds of Trouble 1963 (Movie)

Bernie Friedman (Actor)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

Otto Meyer (Actor)

The Phil Silvers Show 1955 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky Me 1954 (Movie)

Hap Snyder (Actor)

Top Banana 1953 (Movie)

Jerry Biffle (Actor)

Hollywood Star Revue 1948 - 1949 (TV Show)

Actor

A Thousand and One Nights 1945 (Movie)

Abdullah (Actor)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Lady Takes a Chance 1943 (Movie)

Smiley Lambert (Actor)

All Through the Night 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Goldie and the Boxer (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat (TV Show)

Actor

The New Love Boat (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Bespectacled vaudevillian who made his feature debut in the early 1940s and established himself as an engaging comic character player in films such as "You're in the Army Now" (1942), "Cover Girl" (1944) and "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (1963). Best known as the wily "Sergeant Bilko" in the popular 1950s TV series, "The Phil Silvers Show."

Relationships

Candace Silvers

Daughter

Nancy Silvers

Daughter

Tracey Edythe Silvers

Daughter

Jo Dennison

Wife
was 1942 Miss America married in 1945 divorced in 1950

Evelyn Patrick

Wife
married in 1956 divorced mother of Silvers' daughters

Cathy Silvers

Daughter

Harry Silversmith

Brother
older

Milestones

2000

Posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November)

1980

Final features "There Goes the Bride" and "The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood"

1978

Acted in "The Cheap Detective", scripted by Neil Simon

1975

Appeared in the Disney film "The Strongest Man in the World"

1972

Earned second Tony Award starring in the revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

1970

Had lead in the comedy "How the Other Half Loves"

1968

Co-starred in "Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell"

1963

Resumed film career with "40 Pounds of Trouble" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"

1960

Returned to Broadway in the musical "Do Re Mi"

1955

Became a TV star with "You'll Never Get Rich/The Phil Silvers Show/Sgt Bilko" (CBS)

1954

Last film for nearly a decade, "Lucky Me"

1953

Reprised role in film version of "Top Banana"

1951

Had lead in the Broadway musical "Top Banana"; received Tony Award

1950

Played featured role in "Summer Stock"

1947

Starred in the musical "High Button Shoes"

1943

Acted in "Cover Girl"

1940

Film debut as a priest in "Pride and Prejudice"

1940

First major film, "Hit Parade of 1941"

1939

Broadway debut, "Yokel Boy"

1939

Signed to seven-year contract at MGM

1934

Joined Minsky's burlesque toupe

Began appearing in vaudeville shows at age 12

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