Abbott in 1958
Philip Abbott Alexander
March 20, 1924
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||February 23, 1998 (aged 73)|
Tarzana, California, U.S.
|Resting place||San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Fordham University|
Jane Dufrayne (m. 1950–1998)
Philip Abbott (March 20, 1924 – February 23, 1998) was an American character actor. He appeared in several films and numerous television series, including a lead role as Arthur Ward in the crime series The F.B.I.. Abbott was also the founder of Theatre West in Los Angeles.
He made more than one hundred guest appearances on various television series from 1952–1995, including NBC's Justice about the Legal Aid Society of New York and The Eleventh Hour, a medical drama about psychiatry. He appeared on the CBS anthology series Appointment with Adventure and The Lloyd Bridges Show. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1961 he played journalist Edmond Aitken in "The Case of the Envious Editor," and in 1965 he played Harry Grant in "The Case of the Wrongful Writ." He guest starred on Jack Lord's ABC series, Stoney Burke, and in Dennis Weaver's NBC sitcom, Kentucky Jones, in the episode "The Music Kids Make".
- The Bachelor Party (1957) as Arnold (film debut)
- The Invisible Boy (1957) as Dr. Tom Merrinoe, head of Stoneman Institute of Mathematics.
- Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) as Dr. George Scudder
- Those Calloways (1965) as Dell Fraser
- Savannah Smiles (1982) as Chief Pruitt
- Pumpkin Man (1998) as Grandpa
- Starry Night as Dr. Ruby
Selected television appearances
- Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, episode Make Way for Teddy (1952)
- You Are There, episode The Signing of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) (1953)
- The Man Behind the Badge, episode The Case of the Strategic Air Command (1954)
- Producers' Showcase, 2 episodes Dateline (1954) & Yellow Jack (1955)
- One Step Beyond, as Paul Burton in episode The Dead Part of the House (1959)
- Diagnosis: Unknown as Peter Loper in Final Performance (1960)
- Hotel de Paree, as Gilmer in episode Sundance and the Man in the Shadows (1960)
- The Twilight Zone, episodes Long Distance Call (1961) and The Parallel (1963)
- Bus Stop, as Oliver West in episode A Lion Walks Among Us (1961)
- The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor, as Phil Norden in episode The Airtight Case (1961)
- The Defenders, as Dr. Bill Conrad in Quality of Mercy (1961)
- Cain's Hundred, 2 episodes (1961-1962)
- Saints and Sinners, as Paul Graham in A Night of Horns and Bells (1962)
- Target: The Corruptors, as Carl Benham in episode Babes in Wall Street (1962)
- Stoney Burke, as Royce Hamilton in The Contender (1962)
- The Lloyd Bridges Show, as Dr. Olsen in episode My Child Is Yet a Stranger (1962)
- Checkmate, as Lawrence Dresher in episode Trial by Midnight (1962)
- Ben Casey, 2 episodes (1962-1963)
- Dr. Kildare, as Dr. David Key in episode A Hand Held Out in Darkness (1963)
- G.E. True, as Chuck Fowler in episode O.S.I. (1963)
- Empire, as Sid Keller in episode The Tiger Inside (1963)
- 77 Sunset Strip, as Tom Carlyle in episode Never to Have Loved (1963)
- Mr. Broadway, as Geoffrey Karr in Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones (1964)
- Slattery's People, as Harry Colby in episode Question: What Is Honor?... What Is Death? (1964)
- The F.B.I., (1965–1973)
- Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, as Ed Barrett in 4-part episode Kilroy (1965)
- Kentucky Jones, as Sam Clifton in episode The Music Kids Make (1965)
- The Bionic Woman, as Dr. Kelso in episode Escape from Love (1977)
- The Incredible Hulk, as Dr. Murrow in episode The Quiet Room (1979)
- The Outer Limits, as Prof. Benedict O. Fields in Season One, Episode 18 ZZZZZ (1964)
- Perry Mason, as Edmond Aitken in Season Four, Episode 13, The Case of the Envious Editor (1961), as Harry Grant in Season 8, Episode 29 The Case of the Wrongful Writ (1965)
- "Philip Abbott dead at 73". Variety. March 16, 1998. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
- "Philip Abbot, Actor and Founder of Theatre West, Dies at 74". Playbill. February 28, 1998. Missing or empty
- "Philip Abbott". AllMovie. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
- Bosley Crowther (23 May 1963). "Movie Review; Drama of Horses:'Miracle of the White Stallions' Arrives". The New York Times.
- OLIVER, MYRNA (27 February 1998). "Philip Abbott; Actor on 'FBI' TV Series" – via LA Times.