Lee Philips

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Lee Philips
Born Leon Friedman[1]
(1927-01-10)January 10, 1927
New York, New York, U.S.
Died March 3, 1999(1999-03-03) (aged 72)
Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death progressive supranuclear palsy
Occupation Actor/Director
Spouse(s) Barbara Schrader (1956-1980; divorced; 2 children)
Jean Allison (divorced)

Lee Philips (born Leon Friedman, January 10, 1927 – March 3, 1999) was an American actor, film director and television director.[2]

Life and career

Philips was born in New York. His acting career started on Broadway, and peaked with a starring role as Michael Rossi in the film adaptation of Peyton Place opposite Lana Turner.[3][4]

In the 1960s his career shifted towards directing, with credits ranging from the television series of Peyton Place to The Dick Van Dyke Show. He still did occasional acting, such as his appearance in 1963 in "Never Wave Goodbye", a two-part episode of The Fugitive. Also in 1963, he played a lead role in "Passage on the Lady Anne", an hour-long episode of The Twilight Zone; he returned to the show the following year in the episode "Queen of the Nile", where he plays a reporter named Jordan 'Jordy' Herrick. He was Juror Number 5 in the Studio One version of Twelve Angry Men. He appeared in Flipper in 1964 and also made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1965: as Kevin Lawrence in "The Case of the Golden Venom", and murderer Gordon Evans in "The Case of the Fatal Fortune". Also guest starred on the Combat!: episode: "A Walk with an Eagle". He directed Dick Van Dyke on several episodes of Diagnosis: Murder. In 1973 he directed The Girl Most Likely to... starring Stockard Channing.[5]

Philips died from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).


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