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Phill Lewis in 2007
September 4, 1968 |
Uganda, East Africa
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, television director|
Phill Lewis (born September 4, 1968) is an American film and television actor, television director and comedian, often seen in comedic roles. He is best known for his role as Mr. Moseby on Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its spin-off, The Suite Life on Deck. He also played T.C. on The Wayans Bros., Hooch on Scrubs and had a recurring role as Roy on Yes, Dear and has played small parts in more than a dozen films. He also appeared in episodes of Lizzie McGuire, as Principal Tweedy and in Friends as Chandler's boss.
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Lewis was cast in the title role of the short-lived 1991 situation comedy, Teech. The show was cancelled after only four episodes. He appeared in guest parts on various television series including Pacific Blue, JAG, Ally McBeal, Joan of Arcadia, Brothers & Sisters, 8 Simple Rules, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Friends and How I Met Your Mother. Lewis has also had recurring roles on A Different World, The Wayans Bros., Lizzie McGuire, Yes, Dear, Scrubs, and Raising Hope.
Lewis co-starred in the Disney Channel original series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Mr. Moseby. Since 2008, he has reprised the role on a spin-off The Suite Life on Deck, where he plays the manager of The S.S. Tipton. He has appeared as a Somalian woorya on Disney Channel's That's So Raven and Phineas and Ferb and also in one of the channel's original films, Dadnapped. On the children's show Special Agent Oso he has a recurring role as the voice of Agent Wolfie.
As a television director, he directed several episodes of The Suite Life on Deck, first making his directorial debut with the The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episode "I Want My Mummy" (2007). He has since gone on to direct episodes of the Disney Channel sitcoms A.N.T. Farm, Austin & Ally, Good Luck Charlie, Kickin' It and Jessie starring his former Suite Life on Deck co-star Debby Ryan. His other television directing credits include Malibu Country, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Soul Man, Sullivan & Son and Melissa & Joey.
In addition to his television work, Lewis has appeared in several films. He made his film debut as Dennis in the 1989 dark comedy Heathers. He has appeared in smaller roles in more than a dozen films, including City Slickers (1991), Bowfinger (1999), I Spy (2002), Surviving Christmas (2004), Kicking & Screaming (2005), and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (2011).
Lewis is the son of former Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone executive and former U.S. Ambassador Delano Lewis. He was born in Uganda, East Africa during his father's stint as Peace Corps' associate director and country director for Nigeria and Uganda.
1991 car crash
In late December 1991, Lewis was arrested after a car he was driving collided head on with another car driven by 21-year-old Isabel Duarte in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Potomac, Maryland. Lewis crossed the center line in his 1985 Buick Century and hit Duarte's Honda CRX head-on. Duarte, a resident of nearby Bethesda, Maryland, would eventually die from her injuries. Lewis was charged with drunk driving. He apologized, saying "I am extremely and sincerely sorry for my disorderly actions."
Lewis was convicted of manslaughter with a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated and sentenced by Montgomery County, Maryland Circuit Court Judge William Millerto to five years in prison, two years of probation and 350 hours of community service. However, Judge Miller suspended four years of the prison term, citing Lewis's work after his arrest with a prison-based theater troupe which performed in jails, schools and churches to highlight the consequences of drug abuse. After these legal troubles, Lewis resumed his acting career, appearing mostly in supporting roles on situation comedies.
|1986||227||Denis||Episode: "Come Into Parlor"|
|1987||Amen||Marvin||Episode: "Deacon on the Line"|
|1989||How I Got Into College||Herman|
|1990||Charles in Charge||Bernie||Episode: "Buddy Flips a Disc"|
|1991||City Slickers||Dr. Steven Jessup|
|1992||Aces: Iron Eagle III||Tee Vee||Alternative title: Iron Eagle III|
|1995||Sister, Sister||Ed||Episode: "Field Trip"|
|1995–1998||The Wayans Bros.||T.C.||19 episodes|
|1996||Married... with Children||George||Episode: "Enemies"|
|1997–1998||Sparks||Detective Floyd Pitts||3 episodes|
|1998||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Mr. Platt||Episode: "Beauty and the Beasts"|
|1999||Bowfinger||Actor at Audition|
|2000||What Planet Are You From?||Other MD|
|2001–2002||Lizzie McGuire||Principal Tweedy||3 episodes|
|2001–2006||Yes, Dear||Roy||10 episodes|
|2004||Elvis Has Left the Building||Charlie|
|2004||Surviving Christmas||Levine the Lawyer|
|2005||Kicking & Screaming||John Ryan|
|2005–2008||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Marion Moseby||Main role; Disney Channel Original Series; 87 episodes|
|2005–2010||American Dad!||Duper (voice)||3 episodes|
|2006||That's So Raven||Marion Moseby||Episode: "Checkin' Out"|
|2007||How I Met Your Mother||Loan Officer||Episode: "Dowisetrepla"|
|2007||Brothers & Sisters||Dr. Peter Edwards||Episode: "An American Family"|
|2008–2011||The Suite Life on Deck||Marion Moseby||Main role; Disney Channel Original Series; 64 episodes|
|2009||Special Agent Oso||Special Agent Wolfie (voice)||18 episodes|
|2009||Dadnapped||Maurice||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2010||The Big C||Pool man||2 episodes|
|2010||Phineas and Ferb||Hawaiian hotel manager||Episode 100: "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation"|
|2011||Raising Hope||Donovan||2 episodes|
|2011||The Suite Life Movie||Marion Moseby||Television movie|
|2011||Good Luck Charlie||Father on TV, voice (uncredited)||Episode: Bye Bye Video Diary|
|2011||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||Mr. McKibble||Television Movie|
|2014||Wish I Was Here||TBA||Filming|
- Phill Lewis Biography (1968—). Accessed 2012-12-12.
- Phill Lewis; D.C. Actor Has the Lead In CBS's Teech The Washington Post HighBeam Research. Accessed 2012-12-12.
- Photos, Bio and News for Phill Lewis. TVGuide.com. Accessed 2012-12-12.
- Peace Corps Online Delano E. Lewis, country director for the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda from 1966 to 1969. Accessed 2012-12-12.
- Jet Magazine, February 8, 1993
- 'Teech' star convicted of vehicular manslaughter Entertainment News, TV News, Media Variety Accessed 2012-12-12.