Redmond Phillips

Redmond Bernard Phillips (5 June 1912 – 3 November 1993) was a New Zealand-born actor and writer, particularly of theatre and television, who worked in his native country, as well also worked in England and Australia.

Redmond Phillips
Redmond Bernard Phillips

(1912-06-05)5 June 1912
Died3 November 1993(1993-11-03) (aged 81)
OccupationActor and Writer
Years activelate 1930s - 1991


Phillips was born in Reefton, New Zealand and began acting in the theatre while a student at Victoria University of Wellington. After moving to Sydney, Australia in the late 1930s he performed with Doris Fitton's pioneering Independent Theatre group and wrote material for radio star Jack Davey. During the Second World War he served as a staff sergeant with the Entertainment Unit of the Australian Army for which he also wrote material.

He moved to Britain in 1948 where he became a successful character actor in the theatre, working with the Nottingham Playhouse, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. From 1957 he started acting for television and appeared in many series such as Maigret, Danger Man, The Saint and The Avengers and in several plays produced by the BBC.

In 1968 he returned to Sydney and continued performing on stage with the Old Tote Theatre Company. He remained active in television playing roles in many series and was part of the regular cast of Spyforce playing the ruthless Colonel Cato.


Year Title Role Notes
1958The Golden Disc1st Recording Manager
1958A Night to RememberMr. Hoyle
1959Naked FuryInspector Stevens
1959Left Right and CentreMr. Smithson
1959Blind DatePolice Doctor
1960The Angry SilenceAmbulance Driver
1960There Was a Crooked ManPadre
1960The CriminalPrison Doctor
1963Love Is a BallStarcy
1963Tom JonesLawyer Dowling
1964The GorgonHans
1971DemonstratorSir David Crawford
1978Little Boy LostCanon Pritchard
1980The EarthlingBobby Burns
1983With PrejudiceJudge Nagle
1983Now and ForeverJudge
1983Phar LapSir Samuel Hordern
1985Burke & WillsCommittee Man (Commissioner May)

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