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Biography photo of Ethan Phillips. Photo by Daniel Reichert
February 8, 1955 |
Garden City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Cresswell (m. 1990)|
Ethan Phillips received an MFA from. He began his show business career in New York City, performing off-Broadway at theaters including Direct Theater, winning the Best of the Actors’ Festival there in 1977; the Wonderhorse Theater, in the premier of Christopher Durang's The Nature and Purpose of the Universe; and at  in a revival of Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Legendary writer, who helped shape the latter production, wrote a new monologue for Phillips, which Williams personally dictated to him when it was realized that leading lady  needed more time for a dress change. In 1979–80, Phillips appeared as Utrillo in the premier of Dennis McIntyre's Modigliani at the. It ran for 208 performances. Phillips performed in many plays in New York over the next fifteen years, including Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart at the Lucille Lortel, [[]] with Kevin Kline, at the '; and the premier of My Favorite Year at  as well as new works for, the Hudson Guild Theater, the American Jewish Theater, and many others. He went on to appear in the premier of November at the, and played the title character opposite  in the all-male cast of The Imaginary Invalid for  s 2012 SummerScape Festival. In 2013-14 he appeared as Stanley Levison in  All the Way at the. Mr. Phillips moved with the show to Broadway’s, where the play won Tonys for Best Play and Best Actor Bryan Cranston. More recently Mr. Phillips played leading roles in the premiers of Dennis Kelly’s Taking Care Of Baby, Golden Age, and Sharyn Rothstein’s By the Water, all for the. Phillips' regional theater credits include leading roles for San Diego's Old Globe Theater, the Alaska Repertory Theater, at Seattle Repertory Theater, at Baltimore's Center Stage, for the  the Boston Shakespeare Company, Actors Theater of Louisville, The American Repertory Theater, the Salt Lake Acting Co., and the McCarter Theatre]]. In Los Angeles, Phillips acted in Side Man at the Pasadena Playhouse, in Lips Together, Teeth Apart for the Mark Taper Forum; in You Can't Take It with You at the Geffen Playhouse, in The Bourgeois Gentleman for the Pasadena Symphony, and as Polonius in Hamlet for the Uprising Theater. Phillips has been an actor at the Sundance Playwrights Conference in Utah for six summers, where he developed his play Penguin Blues, which is published by Samuel French Inc. and is included in The Best Short Plays of 1989 (Applause, ed. Ramon Delgado). Based on his experiences at Sundance, Phillips helped found First Stage, a playwright development lab in Los Angeles now in its twenty-fourth year.
Phillips has appeared in over thirty films, beginning with a small role in Ragtime (directed by Miloš Forman). These features include For Richer or Poorer, Jeffrey, The Shadow, Wagons East!, The Man Without a Face, Green Card, Lean on Me (which reunited him with his Benson co-star Robert Guillaume), Critters, Bloodhounds of Broadway, The Island, Bad Santa, and The Babysitters. More recent films include Shadow Witness, Audrey, and the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis.
In 1980, Phillips joined the cast of the hit sitcom Benson (1979–1986), playing Pete Downey, PR man to Governor Gatling.
Phillips has made scores of guest appearances on television series and tele films, including Pushing Daisies, Bones (TV Series), Eli Stone, Criminal Minds, NUMB3RS, Las Vegas, L.A. Law, JAG, Law & Order, Arrested Development, Boston Legal, Castle, Rizzoli & Isles, The Good Guys and The Mentalist.
In 1990 he began his prolific Star Trek career playing the Ferengi character, Dr. Farek, in the "Ménage à Troi" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He went on to play Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager in 1995, and stayed with the series through its entire seven-season run. He also cameoed as a holographic nightclub maître d' in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact, and appeared as a Ferengi pirate captain on an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. He reprised his role as Neelix alongside fellow Star Trek: Voyager actors Tim Russ, Robert Picardo, Garrett Wang and Jeri Ryan in Star Trek Online's 2014 expansion Delta Rising.
Phillips has also done voice work for several of the Star Wars franchise video games: 2000's Star Wars: Force Commander, 2001's Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, and 2003's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
On November 9, 2010, Phillips appeared on long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives as a witness to a hit-and-run pedestrian fatality. In May 2011, he played Tucker's attorney on The Young and the Restless.
|1980–1985||Benson||Peter 'Pete' John Downey||Seasons 2-6|
|1981||Ragtime||Guard at Family House|
|1989||Lean on Me||Mr. Rosenberg|
|Bloodhounds of Broadway||Basil Valentine|
|1990||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Dr. Farek||Season 3, Episode 24- "Menage a Troi"|
|Green Card||Gorsky, INS agent|
|L.A. Law||Dr. Sam Waibel/Marvin Pick||Seasons 4-7|
|1993||The Man Without a Face||Todd Lansing|
|Wagons East!||CMMDR. S. L. Smedly|
|1995–2001||Star Trek: Voyager||Neelix|
|1996||Star Trek: First Contact||Holodeck Nightclub Maitre d'Pete||Uncredited|
|2000||9mm of Love||Guy|
|2002||Star Trek: Enterprise||Ulis, group leader of Ferengi thieves|
|The Wild Thornberrys Movie||Loris||Uncredited|
|2003||Rugrats Go Wild||Toa||Voice|
|Bad Santa||Roger Merman|
|2004||Arrested Development||Military Officer|
|2005||Las Vegas||Gabe Labrador|
|The Island||Jones Three Echo|
|2006||Criminal Minds||Marvin Doyle|
|Chestnut: Hero Of Central Park||Marty|
|Numb3rs||Professor Leonard||Episode: "Double Down"|
|2007||Super Sweet 16: The Movie||Craig|
|Have Dreams, Will Travel||Businessman|
|The Babysitters||Mark Kessler|
|2008||Bones||Checker Box Manager||Episode 3.14 The Wannabe in the Weeds|
|2009||Dahmer Vs. Gacy||X-13|
|2011||Chuck||Woodley||Episode: Chuck versus The Zoom|
|The Adventures of RoboRex||Randy Jenkins|
|2013||Inside Llewyn Davis||Mitch Gorfein|
|2015||Irrational Man||Jill's Father|
|Veep||Mr. Wallace||Testimony (S4, Ep9)|
|2000||Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force||Neelix||Voice|
|Star Wars: Force Commander||Transport Pilot/Governor of Abridon|
|2001||Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds||Empire medical droid/Krantian governor/Royal grenade trooper|
|2003||Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic||Various/Dantooine Civilian/Galon Lor(Korriban)||Voice|
|2014||Star Trek Online||Neelix||Voice role|
- Cornell University
- Playwrights Horizons
- Tennessee Williams
- Jill Eikenberry
- [[Astor Place Theater]]
- Measure for Measure
- Delacorte Theater
- Lincoln Center,
- Playwrights Horizons
- Ensemble Studio Theater
- David Mamet's
- Ethel Barrymore Theater
- Peter Dinklage
- '''Bard College'''
- Robert Schenkkan's
- American Repertory Theater
- '''Neil Simon Theater'''
- Terrence McNally's
- Manhattan Theater Club
- Westport Country Playhouse,
- Star Trek: Enterprise season 1, episode 18
- Dahmer Vs. Gacy: Whoever Wins ... WTF?!?
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