Graham Phillips (actor)

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Graham Phillips
Born Graham David Phillips
(1993-04-14) April 14, 1993 (age 21)
Laguna Beach, California
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2002–present
External images
Phillips in August 2013

Graham David Phillips (born April 14, 1993) is an American actor and singer. Beginning his acting career at the age of nine, Phillips is known for a variety of film, stage and television roles; as Jordan Baxter in the Universal Pictures feature film Evan Almighty, as Evan Goldman in the Broadway musical 13, as Ben Tennyson in Ben 10: Race Against Time, and as Zach Florrick on the CBS television series The Good Wife.

Personal life[edit]

Phillips was born in Laguna Beach, California. During his K-9 school years he attended St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California.[citation needed] His father is attorney and former U.S. district court judge Layn Phillips.[1] He entered Princeton University in the fall of 2012.

Stage[edit]

Phillips starred as Evan Goldman in the musical comedy 13 on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre which opened October 5, 2008 and closed January 4, 2009. It was directed by Jeremy Sams, choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Prior to his role in 13, Phillips played the title role in The Little Prince with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. The New York Times critic called Phillips' performance in the title role "smashing."[2] From there Phillips went directly into the world premiere of "An American Tragedy" at the Metropolitan Opera where he played the part of Young Clyde, both opening and closing the opera with a solo.

Phillips' other professional stage credits include A Christmas Carol: The Musical on Broadway performed at Madison Square Garden where he sang the role of Tiny Tim to Jim Dale's Scrooge; The Ten Commandments: The Musical with Val Kilmer at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Phillips, at ten years old, was the second youngest person to sing the National Anthem to open a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game (behind 9-year-old Jessica Tivens in 1990). He has also debuted original songs composed by Martin Charnin and John Kander in New York.

Film and television[edit]

Phillips had a co-starring role as Jordan Baxter, the middle son, in the feature film Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman and Lauren Graham, which premiered June 22, 2007. In the fall of 2007 he completed working on the feature film Stolen Lives starring Josh Lucas. Phillips also played the lead role in Ben 10: Race Against Time. This live-action movie was the No. 1 telecast in Cartoon Network history.

Phillips' television credits include The Good Wife, Crossing Jordan, Judging Amy, The King of Queens, White Collar, and a Hallmark Movie, Love's Long Journey.

Phillips, along with the rest of the cast of The Good Wife, has received three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series".[3][4] He has also received three Young Artist Award nominations; "Best Performance By a Leading Young Actor in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special" for his role in Ben 10: Race Against Time, "Best Performance by a Supporting Young Actor in a Feature Film" for his role in Evan Almighty, and "Best Supporting Young Actor in a TV Series" for his role in The Good Wife.[5]

Musical[edit]

Phillips, portraying Evan, was the original cast member of the Broadway musical 13. He appeared twice on The Today Show as a soloist. Phillips recorded a solo composed by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz for the film Noel starring Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon. He also was a soloist on Meat Loaf's 2006 album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Noel Boy Soprano
2005 Love's Long Journey Jeff Huff
2006 The Ten Commandments: The Musical Moses' Son
2007 Evan Almighty Jordan Baxter Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Young Actor in a Feature Film – Comedy or Musical
Ben 10: Race Against Time Ben Tennyson Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Leading Young Actor in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special
2009 Stolen Lives Mark Wakefield
2011 Goats Ellis completed; premiered at Sundance 2012
2013 Innocence Completed
Television
Year Television Role Notes
2009–present
The Good Wife Zach Florrick 2010: Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2011: Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2011: Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Young Actor in a TV Series – Comedy or Drama[5]
2012: Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Guest Appearances
Year Title Role Episodes
2002 The King of Queens Winthrop Mentalo Case
2004 Judging Amy Toby Carroll Legacy
2006 Crossing Jordan Jonah Wheeler/Kyle Mace vs. Scalpel
2012 White Collar Evan Upper West Side Story

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.californianeutrals.org/PDF/Layn-Phillips-2012.pdf
  2. ^ Midgette, Anne (November 14, 2005). "From Grown-Ups, a 'Little Prince' for Children". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". December 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". December 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 158.

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