Lee Philips

Lee Philips (born Leon Friedman, January 10, 1927 – March 3, 1999) was an American actor, film director and television director.[2]Plays Joe in the 1964 episode of Route 66 titled this is going to hurt you more than it's going to hurt me

For similarly named individuals, see Lee Phillips (disambiguation)
Lee Philips
Leon Friedman[1]

(1927-01-10)January 10, 1927
DiedMarch 3, 1999(1999-03-03) (aged 72)
Spouse(s)Barbara Schrader (19561980; divorced; 2 children)
Jean Allison (divorced)

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] He also appeared in the 1959 Paddy Chayefsky motion picture, Middle of the Night as Kim Novaks ex-husband, George. Philips was cast as the compassionate Lieutenant Wood in the 1960 episode, "The White Healer", on the syndicated television anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. When a deadly illness breaks out in the Arizona Territory among the Apache, Wood is willing to treat the Indians once Geronimo, played by Joe Bassett (19101997), surrenders to the United States Army. Harry Holcombe (19061987) was cast as General Nelson Miles.[5]

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. He also guest starred on The Outer Limits in the premiere episode, "The Galaxy Being". 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.[6]

Philips died from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).[7]


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