Joseph C. Phillips

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Joseph C. Phillips
Born Joseph Connor Phillips
(1962-01-17) January 17, 1962 (age 53)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Nicole Phillips (1994-present)

Joseph Connor Phillips (born January 17, 1962 in Denver, Colorado) is an American actor and conservative Christian commentator and writer. He is best known for his role as Martin Kendall on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and as Justus Ward on the soap opera General Hospital.

Personal life[edit]

Joseph Phillips' mother died when he was young. After his own mother died, he became close to his cousins', Duane Evans, mother. He is from Colorado. He and his wife Nicole have three sons, Connor, Ellis, and Samuel.


From 1989 to 1991, Phillips portrayed U.S. Navy Lieutenant Martin Kendall on the popular NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show. Additionally, he portrayed attorney Justus Ward on the ABC soap opera General Hospital from 1994 to 1998. Phillips was also a guest political commentator on News & Notes on most NPR radio stations between 2004 and 2009. In 2006, Phillips published an autobiography, He Talk Like A White Boy, which includes a foreword by Tavis Smiley.

Education and associations[edit]

Phillips is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He attended the University of the Pacific as a communications major, but later transferred to the acting conservatory at New York University where he graduated with a BFA in acting in 1983.

Phillips is an ambassador for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. He has spoken extensively about the disease and its effect on the family.[1] He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors Equity Association, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was National Co-Chair of the African American Steering committee for Bush Cheney '04, was named a member of the Republican National Committee's African American Advisory Board, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the state board of directors of the California African American Museum and was named a 2005 Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.

Conservative activism[edit]

Phillips, a conservative Republican, is a television and radio commentator and writes a weekly syndicated column that promotes conservative views, such as traditional family values, limited government and a return to America's founding principles. He has been a critic of affirmative action and homosexual marriage.[2] His book, He Talk Like a White Boy, reflects his thoughts in this regard.[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
1991 Strictly Business Waymon Tinsdale III
1998 A Fare to Remember
Let's Talk About Sex Michael
2005 Getting Played Robert Mitchellson
2010 Church Melvin
Boogie Town Chief Salsbury
Year Title Role Notes
1985, 1989–1992 The Cosby Show Daryl
Lt. Martin Kendall
21 episodes
1989 A Raisin in the Sun George Murchison TV-Movie
A Man Called Hawk Matt Johnson Episode: Poison
A Different World Lt. Martin Kendall Episode: Forever Hold Your Peace
1993 Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the '90s
1994–1998 General Hospital Justus Ward
1995 Martin Derrick Episode: The Ex-Files
1996 Living Single Jeremy Mills IV Episode: Not So Silent Partner
1997 The Larry Sanders Show James Episode: The Book
1999 Any Day Now Mark Sanborn Episode: Family Is Family
2000 Midnight Blue Luke Jordan TV-Movie
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town Det. McKinley TV-Movie
Alternative title: Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder
City of Angels Martin Episode: To Have or Halve Not
Popular Harrison's Doctor Episode: Ur-ine Trouble
2001 The Parkers Rev. Reggie Wright Episode: Mama, I Want to Sing
The King of Queens Bill Episode: Separation Anxiety
Judging Amy Lowry's Attorney 'Episode': Look Closer
V.I.P. Geiger Episode: Kayus Ex Machina
2002–2003 The District Mayor Morgan Douglas 7 episodes
2004, 2005 Las Vegas Langley Episode: Blood Is Thicker
Episode: Centennial
2005 Jack & Bobby Coach Braxton Episode: Friends with Benefits
2005–2006 Without a Trace Marcus Johnson 4 episodes
2006 Vanished J.T. Morse 9 episodes
2007 Ghost Whisperer Richard Vahn Episode: No Safe Place
2008 The Young and the Restless Agent Jed Paulson 3 episodes
Bones Col. Ryan Wolchuck Episode: The Con Man in the Meth Lab
2009 Castle Mayor Episode: Home Is Where the Heart Stops
Episode: Ghosts
2010 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Donnie Episode: Loved and Lost
The Mentalist Alan Knee Episode: Blood In, Blood Out
The Event Security Guard 2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

NAACP Image Awards

  • 1997: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series" – General Hospital
  • 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series" – General Hospital
  • 1999: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series" – General Hospital


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