Phil Morris (actor)

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Phil Morris
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Morris at the 2009 New York Comic Con
Born (1959-04-04) April 4, 1959 (age 59)
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1966–present
Parent(s)
RelativesIona Morris (sister)

Phillip Morris (born April 4, 1959) is an American film, television and voice actor. He played Jackie Chiles in the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, John Jones in The CW superhero drama Smallville, Delroy Jones in Love That Girl! and voiced Doc Saturday in The Secret Saturdays.

Personal life[edit]

Morris was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and is the son of actor Greg Morris. He is also the younger brother of actress Iona Morris. He is a practitioner of Wing Chun under Sifu Hawkins Cheung.[1]

Career[edit]

Morris's first acting role was as a child when he appeared in the 1966 Star Trek episode "Miri". Star Trek was, at the time, shot at the same studio (Desilu Productions) that produced Mission: Impossible, where his father was working. He made his feature film debut in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock in a small role and later guest starred on Babylon 5, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager.

In the mid-1980s, he portrayed law student (later attorney) Tyrone Jackson on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless. During a major storyline, his character used heavy theatrical make-up to appear Caucasian, in order to go undercover to expose an organized crime organization. In the 1990s, Morris played a recurring character, the Johnnie Cochran-inspired defense attorney Jackie Chiles, on the comedy Seinfeld and co-starred in the TV remake of Mission: Impossible as tech wizard Grant Collier (son of Barney Collier, who was played in the original series by Morris's real-life father Greg Morris). He also said in an interview that he grew up watching the original Mission: Impossible, with series' lead Peter Graves, whom Morris came to consider his acting mentor. Through his childhood, Morris knew Graves' real-life children.[2] The friendship continued, until Peter Graves' death on March 14, 2010, which devastated Morris. He voiced the supporting role of Dr. Sweet in Disney's 2001 film Atlantis: The Lost Empire as well as its 2003 sequel, Atlantis: Milo's Return. He played one of Will Smith's college professors on the NBC show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and played Dr. Clay Spencer on the then-UPN television show Girlfriends.

In the January 25, 2007 episode of the CW television series Smallville, Morris portrayed the DC Comics superhero Martian Manhunter, which is a recurring but small character in the series. He reprised that role on the show's sixth-season finale on May 17, 2007, as well as the episodes "Bizarro" and "Cure" in the seventh season and the episodes "Odyssey", "Prey" and "Bulletproof" in the eighth season. He reprised this role in the ninth-season episodes "Absolute Justice", "Checkmate" and "Salvation".

As a voice actor, he portrayed the villains Imperiex on Legion of Superheroes, and as the Immortal Caveman Vandal Savage on Justice League and Justice League: Doom. He voiced W'Kabi in the animated series Black Panther. He appeared on one episode each of the series CSI: Miami and Seven Days. Though largely unnoticed, Morris also was the voice of Paul the Apostle in Zondervan's The Bible Experience. Morris also made a cameo appearance as Miles Dyson in photographs in the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He provided the voice of the character Doc Saturday in the animated show The Secret Saturdays. He also played a major supporting role in the PlayStation 2 game Ratchet: Deadlocked, as Merc, one of the combat bots that accompany the main character Ratchet. He also worked as a voice actor on The PJs; according to Morris, co-creator and star Eddie Murphy didn't want to show up on some days to record the voice of Thurgood Stubbs, so the producers hired Morris to record Thurgood's lines, where he worked in a separate booth with the other actors, allowing the producers to replace Morris' recordings with Murphy's voice in case Murphy decided he wanted to record his dialogue.[3] He did several voices in the animated film Dead Space: Downfall as Hansen and Glenn. He played Delroy Jones on the TV One series Love That Girl!, Saint Walker on the Cartoon Network series Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and Ultra Richard on the Cartoon Hangover series SuperF*ckers.[4] He also voices Plank in the Sofia the First episode "The Floating Palace", Green Arrow and Hawkman in the film Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League and Vandal Savage in the film Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Trainee Foster
1987 P.I. Private Investigations Eddie Gordon
1996 Jingle All the Way Gale Force
1997 Wag the Dog Co-Pilot
1998 Devil in the Flesh Detective Joe Rosales Direct-to-video
Clay Pigeons Agent Reynard
2000 3 Strikes Mr. Libowitz
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet (voice)
2003 Atlantis: Milo's Return Direct-to-video
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Phil Morris Direct-to-video
2005 Frostbite J.P. Millhouse Direct-to-video
2006 Abominable Deputy McBride
2007 Underdog Supershep (voice)
2008 Meet the Spartans Messenger
Justice League: The New Frontier King Faraday (voice) Direct-to-video
Dead Space: Downfall Hansen, Glenn (voices) Direct-to-video
2009 Black Dynamite Saheed
2011 Stonerville Clay Redding Direct-to-video
2012 Justice League: Doom Vandal Savage (voice) Direct-to-video
2015 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Green Arrow, Hawkman (voices) Direct-to-video
2016 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash Vandal Savage (voice) Direct-to-video
Bling Additional Voices
Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon Walter Qualls (voice) Direct-to-video
Officer Downe Zen Master Flash (voice)
2017 All I Want For Christmas Is You Bud (voice) Direct-to-video
The Star Balthazar, Miller (voices)
2018 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Red Carpet Announcer, Doomsday Device (voices)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1966 Star Trek Boy Episode: "Miri"
1980 Vega$ Tate Episode: "Lost Monday"
1981 Mr. Merlin Sam, Kid 4 episodes
1984 Hotel Ken Foster Episode: "Encores"
1985 Brothers Bobo Episode: "A Greasepaint Smile"
Webster Calvin Episode: "Great Expectations"
1986 Knight Rider Perata's Lieutenant Episode: "Knight Flight to Freedom"
The Young and the Restless Tyrone Jackson 13 episodes
1986–88 It's a Living Jason 4 episodes
1987–88 Marblehead Manor Jerry Stockton 24 episodes
1988 227 Darren Montagne Episode: "The Butler Did It"
Cheers Exterminator #2 Episode: "Bar Wars"
1988–90 Mission: Impossible Grant Collier 35 episodes
1990 Lucky Chances Steven Dimes Miniseries
1990–91 WIOU Eddie Brock 14 episodes
1993 Murder, She Wrote David Salt Episode: "A Virtual Murder"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Prof. Scott Burton Episode: "Take My Cousin... Please"
1994 Tracks of Glory Marshall W. "Major" Taylor Miniseries
1995 Pointman Hightower Episode: "Adios Roberto"
Living Single Preston August Episode: "Legal Briefs"
1995–96 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat Additional Voices 7 episodes
1995–97 Diagnosis: Murder Roger Nelson, Jim Kesler 2 episodes
1995–98 Seinfeld Jackie Chiles 5 episodes
1996 Babylon 5 Bill Trainor Episode: "Severed Dreams"
The Wayans Bros. Parker Episode: "Movin' on Up"
Lush Life Wallace Episode: "The Lush Ex-Posures"
1996–97 Melrose Place Walter 7 episodes
1996–97 Martin Jim Bozack, Sterling Sweets 2 episodes
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Thopok, Remata'Klan 2 episodes
1997 The Jamie Foxx Show Ron Episode: "Little Red Corvette"
The Steve Harvey Show Trent Underwood Episode: "Love with Interest"
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Fernando Episode: "The Spa"
In the House Dr. Goldwire 4 episodes
1997, 2005 JAG Captain Koonan, Captain Max Engler 2 episodes
1998 The Tony Danza Show Dale Turner Episode: "Sue You"
1998–99 Love Boat: The Next Wave Will Sanders 24 episodes
1999 Moesha Joe Scott 2 episodes
Beverly Hills, 90210 Detective Hayes Episode: "The Phantom Menace"
Star Trek: Voyager Lieutenant John Kelly Episode: "One Small Step"
1999–2001 The PJs Thurgood Stubbs (voice) 17 episodes
2000 Any Day Now Brian Harmon Episode: "Life"
2000–01 Men in Black: The Series Additional Voices 4 episodes
2001 Seven Days AF Colonel Beekman Episode: "The Final Countdown"
Girlfriends Dr. Clay Spencer 4 episodes
2002–03 Justice League Vandal Savage, General, Soldier (voices) 7 episodes
2003 Static Shock Jonathan Vale, Shenice's Dad (voices) 2 episodes
Wanda at Large Bradley Grimes 7 episodes
2003–07 Kim Possible Lieutenant Franklin, Infinity Guy, Falsetto Jones,
Jake the Cameraman, Snowy, Soldiers (voices)
6 episodes
2004 The Tracy Morgan Show Kenny Bradley Episode: "The Sporting Life"
Still Standing Dr. Holden Episode: "Still Going First"
Quintuplets Mark Episode: "Where Are They Now?"
2004–07 Danny Phantom Damon Gray, Observant #2 (voices) 5 episodes
2005 All of Us Eric Calhoun Episode: "Not So Wonderful News"
Fat Actress Man at Counter Episode: "Big Butts"
Will & Grace Dr. Norman Episode: "The Blond Leading the Blind"
2006 NCIS Captain Martino Episode: "Deception"
Loonatics Unleashed Additional Voices 3 episodes
2006–07 American Dragon: Jake Long Colonel Hank Carter (voice) 2 episodes
2006–10 Smallville John Jones 11 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Peter Ashford Episode: "Rush"
2007–08 Legion of Super Heroes Imperiex, Kandor #2 (voices) 7 episodes
2008 Back at the Barnyard Bessy's Kid (voice) Episode: "Home Sweet Hole/Otis' Mom"
Wolverine and the X-Men Randy (voice) Episode: "Hindsight"
2008–09 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Miles Dyson 3 episodes
2008–10 The Secret Saturdays Doc Saturday, Dr. Odele, Wyatt, Doc Monday, Tourist (voices) 25 episodes
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Jonah Hex, Fox (voices) 2 episodes
2010 Warren the Ape Dr. Thom Milligan Episode: "It Girl"
Black Panther W'Kabi, M'Butu, Councilman #2, Miner #2 (voices) 5 episodes
2010–14 Love That Girl! Delroy Jones 15 episodes
2011 Hot in Cleveland Lou Episode: "One Thing or a Mother"
2011–13 Shake It Up Dr. Curtis Blue 5 episodes
2012–13 SuperF*ckers Ultra Richard, Plant Pal (voices) 12 episodes
Green Lantern: The Animated Series Saint Walker (voice) 4 episodes
Ultimate Spider-Man Max Fury / Scorpio, Lion-Headed Zodiac #2 (voices) 2 episodes
2013 Sofia the First Plank (voice) Episode: "The Floating Palace"
2014 The Boondocks Additional Voices 2 episodes
2014–16 Baby Daddy Marshall Dobbs 3 episodes
2015 Girl Meets World Agent LaChance Episode: "Girls Meets Semi-Formal"
2015–16 Kirby Buckets Bob Bruchow 2 episodes
2016 Lego Scooby-Doo! Knight Time Terror Adam, Treasure Hunter #1 (voices) Television special
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Ed Johnson, Captain Anderson (voices) Episode: "Gremlin on a Plane"
Black-ish Frank Duckworth Episode: "Johnson & Johnson"
Pure Genius Sergeant Ryan Episode: "You Must Remember This"
Fuller House Dave Episode: "Glazed and Confused"
2017 Powerless STAR Scientist Episode: "No Consequence Day"
NCIS: Los Angeles Colton Leach Episode: "Fool Me Twice"
2018 Young Sheldon One (voice) Episode: "Demons, Sunday School, and Prime Numbers"
9JKL Dr. Starnes Episode: "Fridays with Harry"
Work in Progress Himself 6 episodes
Craig of the Creek Earl Williams (voice) 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Atlantis The Lost Empire: Trial by Fire Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet
Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge Additional Voices
2003 Command & Conquer: Generals
Freelancer
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
2004 Law & Order: Justice Is Served Tony Jefferson, Omar Talib
2005 Ratchet: Deadlocked Merc, Reactor, Captain Starshield
True Crime: New York City President Lincoln
2006 Reservoir Dogs Additional Voices
Saints Row Radio Voice
Destroy All Humans! 2 Gastro, Bay City Hippie
The Sopranos: Road to Respect Additional Voices
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
Spider-Man 3
2008 Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Blasto
Kung Fu Panda Great Gorilla
Saints Row 2 Legal Lee, Additional Voices
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon Rollo, Sunnywood Bouncer
2009 Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Doc Saturday
Red Faction: Guerrilla Additional Voices
Undead Knights Knight Captain Gerard
2010 Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Additional Voices
2011 Saints Row: The Third Pedestrians
2013 Saints Row IV Mr. Sunshine
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices
2018 Spider-Man Dr. Morgan Michaels

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Tribute to Grandmaster Sifu Cheung with actor Phil Morris, November 1991
  2. ^ "Abnormal Interviews: Actor Phil Morris a/k/a Jackie Chiles from "Seinfeld"". abnormaluse.com. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  3. ^ https://tv.avclub.com/phil-morris-1798228755/amp
  4. ^ Justin Page. "SuperF*ckers, New Animated Comedy Web Series by James Kochalka". Laughing Squid. Retrieved 16 March 2016.

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