David Phillips (actor)

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David Phillips
Born David Joseph Phillips
April 19, 1978
Brampton, Ontario, Canada Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation actor, producer
Years active 2000–present

David Joseph Phillips (born April 19, 1978) is a Canadian actor and producer best known for starring in numerous theatrical performances in Toronto and at the Stratford Festival, hosting Video & Arcade Top 10 and The Miss Canada Pageant. He is also known for acting in the films Poker Night, Shark City, Green Guys and Re-Generator, and then producing and acting in Life Happens and Mission Park.

Early life and education[edit]

Phillips was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Margaret and James Phillips.[1] He was raised in Brampton, Ontario, attending high school at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School (Brampton). He was then admitted with a scholarship into Ryerson University's Theatre School in Toronto, where he received his BFA, and played the lead in his graduate production of Henry IV directed by John Neville.[1]


After graduating he took a brief hiatus from performing and was a ninth grade math and geography teacher at his old high school in Brampton.[1] He went back to entertainment in 2000, when he co-hosted the Canadian kids game show Video & Arcade Top 10 for two years. He was then part of the classical acting company at The Stratford Festival of Canada for the next three years, where he appeared in eight productions, and received a Tyrone Guthrie award for his efforts. He then returned to the Greater Toronto Area, where he performed in many classical theatre productions, including playing Estragon in the well-received Waiting For Godot,[2] as well as the Canadian Premiere of Mephisto [3]

Continuation into movies[edit]

David appeared in the independent feature films Winter and Poker Night in Toronto.[4] Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2008 he was immediately cast to play the lead role in Shark City[4] with Vivica A. Fox and Corey Haim. Since then he has booked steady work in Hollywood films. In 2010, he acted as a lead role in both the films Ecstasy and Green Guys (opposite fellow Bramptonian Kris Lemche[4]), appeared opposite Lisa Nova in the YouTube video Fantasy Pool Date. Though he lives in Los Angeles, he still returns to Toronto to work often, and hosted the 2008 Miss World Canada Pageant.[5]

In 2010, he helped produce three films with Stardust Pictures which he also acted in - Boy Toy, A Holiday Heist, and Life Happens[6] with Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, and Rachel Bilson.[7]

Recent and Future Work[edit]

Most recently David produced a Latino crime-thriller called “Mission Park” that was awarded Best Film honors at international film festivals in Boston,[8] Miami,[9] East L.A., Houston, and Las Vegas.[10] It features Sean Patrick Flanery, Vivica A. Fox, Will Estes, Joseph Julian Soria, and Will Rothhaar and he helped secure the theatrical release September 2013 through AMC Theatres.[10]


Feature Films[edit]

  • Winter (2007)
  • Poker Night (2008)
  • Three Shades of Black (2009)
  • Shark City (2009)
  • Ecstasy (2010)
  • Green Guys (2010)
  • Boy Toy (2011)
  • One Night (2011)
  • Life Happens (2011)
  • A Holiday Heist (2011)
  • Re-generator (2013)
  • Mission Park (2013)
  • Badsville (2017)



Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1997 Ryerson Entrance Scholarship[1]
  • 2003 Stratford Tyrone Guthrie Award[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Sealey, K: All's Well At Stratford for Former Teacher, page 23. The Brampton Guardian, 2002.
  2. ^ Sealey, K: Local Talent are Waiting For Godot , page 21. The Brampton Guardian, November 19, 2003.
  3. ^ Kaplan, J: Mann Alive , page 131. NOW Magazine, October 27, 2001.
  4. ^ a b c Goodfellow, A: Brampton Actor's Dominate Lead Roles in Upcoming Film, page 13. The Brampton Guardian, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Buchan, Sastee Beauty With A Purpose" -- MWC 2008, page 7. MWC Press, 2009.
  6. ^ Kroll, J: It's A 'Baby' Boom For Pic, page 10. Variety, October 21, 2010.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (September 28, 2010). "Rachel Bilson joins 'BFF and Baby'". Variety. Retrieved on September 29, 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.multivu.com/mnr/63234-mission-park-film-release-amc-theaters-maya-cinemas-and-santikos-theaters
  9. ^ http://www.latinheat.com/film/mission-park-official-selection-of-hispanicize-film-festival-2013/
  10. ^ a b Esparza, Elia. (September 8th, 2013). "Q & A with the Guys of Mission Park" (Latin Heat) http://www.latinheat.com/film/q-a-with-the-guys-of-mission-park/
  11. ^ Pilar, M.S.: Miss Canada Globe Productions Official Guide 2009, page 12. Cyplexmedia, 2009.

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