Philip Ober

Actor
A stage and screen actor of stern voice and buttoned-up appearance, Philip Ober was often cast to embody authority and stringency -- sometimes in chaotic surroundings. After giving up an early career in magazine ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1902 in Fort Payne, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Family Affair 1966 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Assignment to Kill 1968 (Movie)

Bohlen (Actor)

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken 1965 (Movie)

Simmons (Actor)

The Brass Bottle 1963 (Movie)

William Beevor (Actor)

The Ugly American 1963 (Movie)

Sears (Actor)

Hercule Poirot 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Go Naked in the World 1961 (Movie)

Josh Kebner (Actor)

Let No Man Write My Epitaph 1960 (Movie)

Grant Holloway (Actor)

The Facts of Life 1960 (Movie)

Doc Mason (Actor)

North By Northwest 1959 (Movie)

Lester Townsend (Actor)

Beloved Infidel 1958 (Movie)

John Wheeler (Actor)

Ten North Frederick 1958 (Movie)

Lloyd Williams (Actor)

The High Cost of Loving 1958 (Movie)

Herb Zorn (Actor)

The Mating Game 1958 (Movie)

Wendell Burnshaw (Actor)

Torpedo Run 1958 (Movie)

Admiral Samuel Setton (Actor)

Tammy and the Bachelor 1957 (Movie)

Alfred Bissle (Actor)

About Mrs. Leslie 1954 (Movie)

Mort Finley (Actor)

Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

Van Cleve (Actor)

Come Back Little Sheba 1953 (Movie)

Ed Anderson (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1953 (Movie)

Captain Dana Holmes (Actor)

The Clown 1952 (Movie)

Ralph Z Henderson (Actor)

Never a Dull Moment (Movie)

Jed (Actor)

Scandal at Scourie (Movie)

B. G. Belney (Actor)

The Magnificent Yankee (Movie)

Mr. Owen Wister (Actor)

Washington Story (Movie)

Gilbert Nunnally (Actor)

Biography

A stage and screen actor of stern voice and buttoned-up appearance, Philip Ober was often cast to embody authority and stringency -- sometimes in chaotic surroundings. After giving up an early career in magazine advertising, Ober became a regular on the Broadway stage of the 30s and 40s, before transferring to film and television in the 1950s. He appeared in some of America's best-loved television comedies, including "I Love Lucy" -- in which his second wife, Vivian Vance, had a recurring role -- and "I Dream of Jeannie". Film buffs, however, will likely recall Ober best for small but key roles in a couple of classics. In Hitchcock's "North by Northwest", he appears as the ill-fated Lester Townsend, while in Fred Zinnemann's "From Here to Eternity", he played the nasty army captain whose wife falls so stormily for Burt Lancaster's burly sergeant. Ober appeared with Lancaster again in "Elmer Gantry", in 1960. After divorcing Vivian Vance -- to whom he had a turbulent and reputedly violent marriage -- Ober wed Jane Westover. Upon retiring from acting, he entered the US diplomatic service. He was working at the US consulate in Mexico City at the time of his death from a heart attack in 1982.

Relationships

Vivian Vance

Wife
divorced

Jane Westover

Wife
divorced

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