Joseph C. Phillips
|Joseph C. Phillips|
|Born||Joseph Connor Phillips
January 17, 1962
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|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.
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
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. 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.
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. His book, He Talk Like a White Boy, reflects his thoughts in this regard.
|1991||Strictly Business||Waymon Tinsdale III|
|1998||A Fare to Remember|
|Let's Talk About Sex||Michael|
|2005||Getting Played||Robert Mitchellson|
|Boogie Town||Chief Salsbury|
|1985, 1989–1992||The Cosby Show||Daryl
Lt. Martin Kendall
|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
|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
|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
- 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