Robert Dean Stockwell is a retired American actor of film and television, with a career spanning over 70 years. As a child actor under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he first came to the public's attention in films such as Anchors Aweigh, The Green Years, Gentleman's Agreement, Kim, he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Married to the Mob. As a young adult, he played a lead role in the 1957 Broadway and 1959 screen adaptations of Compulsion and in 1962, Stockwell played Edmund Tyrone in the film version of Long Day's Journey into Night, he appeared in supporting roles in such films as Paris, Texas, To Live and Die in L. A. Blue Velvet, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Player, Air Force One, his television roles include playing Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci in Quantum Leap and Brother Cavil in the Sci Fi Channel revival of Battlestar Galactica. Following his roles on Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica, Stockwell appeared at numerous science fiction conventions.
Stockwell was born in North Hollywood, but grew up in New York. Stockwell was born into a family of entertainers, he is the younger son of Elizabeth "Betty" Stockwell and Harry Stockwell, an actor and lyric baritone singer in New York productions of Carousel and Oklahoma! as well as the voice of Prince Charming in Disney's film Snow White. His elder brother was film actor Guy Stockwell, his stepmother, Elizabeth Veronica Stockwell, was an actress, comedian and toe dancer in burlesque and theater in Northern America and New York. Stockwell's father was appearing on Broadway in Oklahoma!, when he heard about a play, Innocent Voyage by Paul Osborne, looking for child actors. As a result, Stockwell's mother took their two sons down to audition. Both boys were successful. Stockwell's part was small and the play only had a short run, but it led to a contract with MGM; the studio cast Stockwell in a small role in The Valley of a popular melodrama. Producer Joe Pasternak gave him a bigger part in Anchors Aweigh alongside Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, in which Stockwell played the nephew of Kathryn Grayson.
The film was popular and MGM put him in a key role of Robert Shannon in The Green Years, an orphan who grows up to be Tom Drake. It was a huge hit, he made a brief appearance in the MGM school room during the chase sequence of Abbott and Costello in Hollywood.20th Century Fox borrowed him for Home Sweet Homicide with Peggy Ann Garner where he was billed fourth. He co-starred with Wallace Beery in The Mighty McGurk at MGM, a remake of The Champ which Beery had made with Jackie Cooper, he had the lead in a short A Really Important Person. Stockwell had supporting roles in The Arnelo Affair. Stockwell said, "I have positive feelings regarding both of them, they were sweet people Myrna Loy, and that cute little dog, Asta. I liked that little dog."Nevertheless, Stockwell found the experience of being a child actor difficult overall, stating, "I didn't enjoy acting when I was young. I thought. There were a few films that I enjoyed, they were comedies, they were not important films, weren't successful, so I was always pretty much known as a serious kid.
I got those kind of roles and I didn't care for them much."Fox borrowed him again to play Gregory Peck's son in Gentleman's Agreement, a film which Stockwell "didn't like doing at all, because it was so serious. In other words, when I would find out I was going to do another movie, my mother would always bring that news to me, the first question that I would always ask was,'Is there a crying scene in the movie?' And there always was."He played an orphaned runaway longing to go to sea in Deep Waters. He was borrowed by RKO Pictures to play the title role in The Boy with Green Hair directed by Joseph Losey, a notorious flop for the Dore Schary regime. Stockwell said that "during the production, I did feel that I was part of something that meant something to me, it was important."Back at Fox, he was cast as Lionel Barrymore's grandson and Richard Widmark's protégé in Down to the Sea in Ships, before supporting Margaret O'Brien at MGM in The Secret Garden, a box office disappointment. Stockwell described the picture as "More crying scenes!
And temper tantrums! But I enjoyed much working with Margaret, she was a talented little actress."In MGM's popular Stars in My Crown, which he did not enjoy doing, he was billed third after Joel McCrea and Ellen Drew. Stockwell was top billed in The Happy Years, which lost a considerable amount of money for the studio, but played the title role in Kim alongside Errol Flynn and Paul Lukas, a big commercial success. In 1951 he appeared in a lead role alongside Joel McCrea in a Western at Cattle Drive. Stockwell graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School, attended the University of California for a year before dropping out. "I was unhappy and could not get along with people," he said. Stockwell took a number of years off and resumed his acting career as an adult in 1956, he guest-starred on shows such as Front Row Center, Matinee Theatre, Schlitz Playhouse, The United States Steel Hour, Climax!, Men of Annapolis, Cimarron City, General Electric Theater, Wagon Train. He had a support role in a Western, Gun for a Coward and the lead role in a low-budget teen melodrama, The Careless Years, the feature directo
The Last Flight (The Twilight Zone)
"The Last Flight" is episode 18 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. Part of the production was filmed on location at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California; the vintage 1918 Nieuport 28 biplane was both owned and flown by Frank Gifford Tallman, had appeared in many World War I motion pictures. Flight Lieutenant William Terrance "Terry" Decker of 56 Squadron Royal Flying Corps lands his Nieuport biplane on an American airbase in France, after flying through a strange cloud, he is taken into custody and questioned by the American base commander, Major General Harper, his provost marshal, Major Wilson. Decker identifies himself and his squadron and claims that the date is March 5, 1917, he is informed that it is March 5, 1959. Decker tells the officers that he and his comrade Alexander "Old Leadbottom" Mackaye were fighting seven German aircraft; the Americans tell him that Mackaye is alive and is an Air Vice Marshal in the Royal Air Force, a war hero from World War II who saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives by shooting down German bombers over London.
The American officers add that Air Vice Marshal Mackaye, in addition to being alive and well, is coming to the base that day for an inspection. Major Wilson tries to help Decker remember. Decker confesses that he has avoided combat throughout his service, that he deliberately abandoned the outnumbered Mackaye when the two were attacked by the German fighters, he refuses to believe. When Wilson suggests that someone else helped Mackaye, Decker realizes that he has been given a second chance, he tells the American officer that there was no one within fifty miles who could have come to Mackaye's aid, so if Mackaye survived, it had to be because Decker went back himself. Knowing he cannot have much time to go back to 1917, Decker pleads with Wilson to release him from custody; when Wilson refuses, Decker escapes. Running outside, he locates his plane, punches a mechanic who tries to get in his way, starts the plane's engine, he is about to take off when Wilson puts a pistol to his head. Decker tells Wilson he will have to shoot him to stop him, as he would rather die than remain a coward.
After hesitating, Wilson allows him to escape and Decker flies his plane into white clouds and vanishes. Major Wilson is rebuked by Major General Harper for believing such a fantastic story and for allowing Decker to escape; when Mackaye arrives, Wilson asks he. Mackaye, says Decker saved his life. In March 1917, Mackaye and Decker were attacked. Decker flew off into a cloud, Mackaye believed at first that Decker had abandoned him. Decker came diving out of the cloud, proceeded to shoot down three of the German planes before being shot down himself. General Harper shows Mackaye Decker's badge and personal effects, startling Mackaye, who remarks that those items had never been returned by the Germans. Major Wilson suggests that "Old Leadbottom"—a nickname known only by Mackaye's comrades back in World War I—sit down while it is explained how these items came into the Americans' possession; this was the first episode of The Twilight Zone scripted by Richard Matheson. Rod Serling had adapted the episode "And When the Sky Was Opened" from a short story of Matheson's.
The United States Air Force major general refers to Mackaye as "sir", suggests that he is a superior officer inspecting the air base. However, Mackaye is ranked as an air vice marshal, a Royal Air Force rank equivalent to major general, thereby making the two officers equals – unless the American general was junior in rank by date of commission; the Royal Flying Corps never flew the Nieuport 28, which did not enter service until 1918. The death of Georges Guynemer is mentioned by Decker but Guynemer died in September 1917, six months after Decker's last flight. 56 Squadron was not deployed until April 1917, at which point it flew the S. E.5 aircraft. The rank of flight lieutenant existed in the Royal Naval Air Service and in the RAF but it never was used in the Royal Flying Corps. However, the only reference to "flight lieutenant" is during Mr. Serling's introduction. However, "Second lieutenant" the most junior commissioned officer rank is equal to a "Pilot Officer" in the RAF. Flight Lieutenant is equal to the Army rank of Captain.
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World War II
World War II known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries; the major participants threw their entire economic and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China, it included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, the only use of nuclear weapons in war. Japan, which aimed to dominate Asia and the Pacific, was at war with China by 1937, though neither side had declared war on the other. World War II is said to have begun on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and the United Kingdom.
From late 1939 to early 1941, in a series of campaigns and treaties, Germany conquered or controlled much of continental Europe, formed the Axis alliance with Italy and Japan. Under the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact of August 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union partitioned and annexed territories of their European neighbours, Finland and the Baltic states. Following the onset of campaigns in North Africa and East Africa, the fall of France in mid 1940, the war continued between the European Axis powers and the British Empire. War in the Balkans, the aerial Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the long Battle of the Atlantic followed. On 22 June 1941, the European Axis powers launched an invasion of the Soviet Union, opening the largest land theatre of war in history; this Eastern Front trapped most crucially the German Wehrmacht, into a war of attrition. In December 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the United States as well as European colonies in the Pacific. Following an immediate U. S. declaration of war against Japan, supported by one from Great Britain, the European Axis powers declared war on the U.
S. in solidarity with their Japanese ally. Rapid Japanese conquests over much of the Western Pacific ensued, perceived by many in Asia as liberation from Western dominance and resulting in the support of several armies from defeated territories; the Axis advance in the Pacific halted in 1942. Key setbacks in 1943, which included a series of German defeats on the Eastern Front, the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy, Allied victories in the Pacific, cost the Axis its initiative and forced it into strategic retreat on all fronts. In 1944, the Western Allies invaded German-occupied France, while the Soviet Union regained its territorial losses and turned toward Germany and its allies. During 1944 and 1945 the Japanese suffered major reverses in mainland Asia in Central China, South China and Burma, while the Allies crippled the Japanese Navy and captured key Western Pacific islands; the war in Europe concluded with an invasion of Germany by the Western Allies and the Soviet Union, culminating in the capture of Berlin by Soviet troops, the suicide of Adolf Hitler and the German unconditional surrender on 8 May 1945.
Following the Potsdam Declaration by the Allies on 26 July 1945 and the refusal of Japan to surrender under its terms, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August respectively. With an invasion of the Japanese archipelago imminent, the possibility of additional atomic bombings, the Soviet entry into the war against Japan and its invasion of Manchuria, Japan announced its intention to surrender on 15 August 1945, cementing total victory in Asia for the Allies. Tribunals were set up by fiat by the Allies and war crimes trials were conducted in the wake of the war both against the Germans and the Japanese. World War II changed the political social structure of the globe; the United Nations was established to foster international co-operation and prevent future conflicts. The Soviet Union and United States emerged as rival superpowers, setting the stage for the nearly half-century long Cold War. In the wake of European devastation, the influence of its great powers waned, triggering the decolonisation of Africa and Asia.
Most countries whose industries had been damaged moved towards economic expansion. Political integration in Europe, emerged as an effort to end pre-war enmities and create a common identity; the start of the war in Europe is held to be 1 September 1939, beginning with the German invasion of Poland. The dates for the beginning of war in the Pacific include the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War on 7 July 1937, or the Japanese invasion of Manchuria on 19 September 1931. Others follow the British historian A. J. P. Taylor, who held that the Sino-Japanese War and war in Europe and its colonies occurred and the two wars merged in 1941; this article uses the conventional dating. Other starting dates sometimes used for World War II include the Italian invasion of Abyssinia on 3 October 1935; the British historian Antony Beevor views the beginning of World War II as the Battles of Khalkhin Gol fought between Japan and the fo
Richard Allen York was an American radio, stage and television actor. He is best remembered for his role as the first Darrin Stephens on the ABC fantasy sitcom Bewitched, his best known motion picture. York was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Betty, a seamstress, Bernard York, a salesman, he grew up in Chicago. He began his career at the age of 15 as the star of the CBS radio program That Brewster Boy, he appeared in hundreds of other radio shows and instructional films before heading to New York City, where he acted on Broadway in Tea and Sympathy and Bus Stop. He performed with stars including Paul Muni and Joanne Woodward in live television broadcasts and with Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon and Glenn Ford in movies, including My Sister Eileen and Cowboy. While filming the movie They Came to Cordura with Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth, he suffered a permanent disabling back injury. In York's own words, "Gary Cooper and I were propelling a handcar carrying several'wounded' men down railroad track. I was on the bottom stroke of this sort of teeter-totter mechanism.
I was just lifting the handle up as the director yelled'cut!' and one of the'wounded' cast members reached up and grabbed the handle. I was jarringly, lifting his entire weight off the flatbed—one hundred and eighty pounds or so; the muscles along the right side of my back tore. They just let loose. And, the start of it all: the pain, the painkillers, the addiction, the lost career."York's injury did not end his career. In 1960, a year after York's injury, he played Bertram Cates in the film version of Inherit the Wind. York went on to star with Leo G. Carroll in the ABC comedy-drama Going My Way. York was cast in the series, which lasted one season, as Tom Colwell, who operates a secular youth center. York appeared in dozens of episodes of now-classic television series, including Justice, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Untouchables, The Americans, Wagon Train, Father Knows Best, CBS's The Twilight Zone and Route 66. York was cast as the first Darrin Stephens in the 1960s sitcom Bewitched as Samantha's mortal husband.
The show was a huge success and York was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1968. During the first two seasons, York's back pain was manageable with the right accommodations, but by the third season the pain worsened frequently causing shooting delays and York requiring assistance to walk around; because of his back injury, which sometimes caused him to seize up in debilitating pain, the scripts for some of his episodes on Bewitched were written around his being in bed or on the couch for the entire episode. In spite of his suffering, York maintained a professional presence on camera. While filming the fifth season-episode "Daddy Does His Thing", York fell ill: "I was too sick to go on. I had a temperature of 105, full of strong antibiotics, for 10 days. I went to work that day but I was sick. I lay in my dressing room after being in make-up, waiting to be called on the set, they knew I was feeling pretty rotten, they tried to give me time to rest. I kept having chills; this was the middle of the summer and I was wearing a sheepskin jacket and I was chilling.
I was shaking all over. While sitting on a scaffolding with Maurice Evans, being lit for a special effects scene: They were setting an inky - that's a little tiny spot, supposed to be just flickering over my eyes; that flickering, flickering flickering made. And I'm sitting on this platform up in the air...and I turned to Gibby, just down below, I said,'Gibby, I think I have to get down.' He started to help me down and that's the last thing I remember until I woke up on the floor. That's about all I remember of the incident...and I'd managed to bite a large hole in the side of my tongue before they could pry my teeth apart."From York's hospital bed, he and director William Asher discussed York's future. "Do you want to quit?" Asher asked. "If it's all right with you, Billy," York replied. With that, York left the sitcom to devote himself to recovery, he never again returned to the set. From season six until the sitcom ended in 1972, Dick Sargent played Darrin Stephens. Sargent was offered the role of Darrin in 1964, but turned it down to do a short-lived sitcom called Broadside.
For the next 18 months, York was bed-ridden in a haze of prescription painkillers. In his memoir, The Seesaw Girl and Me, published posthumously, he describes the struggle to break his addiction and come to grips with the loss of his career; the book is in large part a love letter to his wife, the seesaw girl of the title, who stuck with him through the hard times. He quit drugs cold turkey, which led to six months of difficult withdrawal and recovery. "I had a band playing in my head, bagpipes night and day," York recalled. "It just went on and on and on and on and on.... The fans whisper to you and the walls whisper to you and you look at television and sometimes it flashes in a certain way that sends you into a fit and you know that your wife has put her hand in your mouth so you won't bite off your tongue. You can't sleep. You hallucinate. I used to make a tape recording of rain so I could listen to the rain lying in bed at night to drown out those damned bagpipes."York beat his addiction and tried to revive his career.
He appeared on several prime-time television series including Fantasy Island. York was a three-pack-a-day smoker for much of his life and sm
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series)
The Twilight Zone is an American anthology television series created and presented by Rod Serling, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Each episode presents a stand-alone story in which characters find themselves dealing with disturbing or unusual events, an experience described as entering "the Twilight Zone," ending with a surprise ending and a moral. Although predominantly science-fiction, the show's paranormal and Kafkaesque events leaned the show towards fantasy and horror; the phrase “twilight zone,” inspired by the series, is used to describe surreal experiences. The series featured both established stars and younger actors who would become much better known later. Serling served as executive head writer, he was the show's host and narrator, delivering monologues at the beginning and end of each episode. Serling's opening and closing narrations summarize the episode's events encapsulating how and why the main character had entered the Twilight Zone. In 1997, the episodes "To Serve Man" and "It's a Good Life" were ranked at 11 and 31 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.
Serling himself stated that his favorite episodes of the series were "The Invaders" and "Time Enough at Last". In 2016, the series was ranked No. 7 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest shows of all time. In 2002, The Twilight Zone was ranked No. 26 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked it as the third best-written TV series and TV Guide ranked it as the fourth greatest drama and the fifth greatest show of all time. By the late 1950s, Rod Serling was a prominent name in American television, his successful television plays included Patterns and Requiem for a Heavyweight, but constant changes and edits made by the networks and sponsors frustrated Serling. In Requiem for a Heavyweight, the line "Got a match?" had to be struck because the sponsor sold lighters. But according to comments in his 1957 anthology Patterns, Serling had been trying to delve into material more controversial than his works of the early 1950s; this led to Noon on Doomsday for the United States Steel Hour in 1956, a commentary by Serling on the defensiveness and total lack of repentance he saw in the Mississippi town where the murder of Emmett Till took place.
His original script paralleled the Till case was moved out of the South and the victim changed to a Jewish pawnbroker, watered down to just a foreigner in an unnamed town. Despite bad reviews, activists sent numerous wires protesting the production. Serling thought that a science-fictional setting, with robots and other supernatural occurrences, would give him more freedom and less interference in expressing controversial ideas than more realistic settings. "The Time Element" was Serling's 1957 pilot pitch for his show, a time travel adventure about a man who travels back to Honolulu in 1941 and unsuccessfully tries to warn everyone about the impending attack on Pearl Harbor. The script, was rejected and shelved for a year until Bert Granet discovered and produced it as an episode of Desilu Playhouse in 1958; the show was a great success and enabled Serling to begin production on his anthology series, The Twilight Zone. Serling's editorial sense of ironic fate in the writing done for the series was identified as significant to its success by the BFI Film Classics library which stated that for Serling "the cruel indifference and implacability of fate and the irony of poetic justice" were recurrent themes in his plots.
There is a fifth dimension, beyond that, known to man. It is a dimension as timeless as infinity, it is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination, it is an area. The Twilight Zone premiered the night of October 1959, to rave reviews. "Twilight Zone is about the only show on the air that I look forward to seeing. It's the one series that I will let interfere with other plans", said Terry Turner for the Chicago Daily News. Others agreed. Daily Variety ranked it with "the best, accomplished in half-hour filmed television" and the New York Herald Tribune found the show to be "certainly the best and most original anthology series of the year"; as the show proved popular to television's critics, it struggled to find a receptive audience of television viewers. CBS was banking on a rating of at least 21 or 22; the series' future was jeopardized when its third episode, "Mr. Denton on Doomsday" earned a 16.3 rating.
Still, the show attracted a large enough audience to survive a brief hiatus in November, after which it surpassed its competition on ABC and NBC and convinced its sponsors to stay on until the end of the season. With one exception, the first season featured scripts written only by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont or Richard Matheson; these three were responsible for 127 of the 156 episodes in the series. Additionally, with one exception, Serling never appeared on camera during any first-season episode (as he woul
William Edward Phipps
William Edward Phipps was an American actor and producer, sometimes credited as William Phipps best known for his roles in dozens of classic sci-fi and westerns, both in films and on television. Phipps grew up in Illinois, his parents divorced. By the time he was in high school, he was using his stepfather's last name of Couch, he developed a love of acting at a young age and performed in several plays in grade school and high school. One of the plays in which he performed, during his junior year of high school in 1937, was Before Morning, a 1933 play made into a film that same year. After graduating from high school in 1939, he attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, where he majored in accounting, was elected freshman class president and served as head cheerleader. After two years of college, he moved to Hollywood, to pursue a career in acting and resumed his original last name of Phipps. During that same year, the United States entered into World War II, Phipps enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as a radio operator on several ships all across the Pacific.
He served three years settled in Los Angeles to begin his career. He enrolled in the Actors' Lab alongside fellow actor Russell Johnson. Phipps' big break came, they drew straws to see which actor would perform in the matinée, which would take the evening show. Phipps drew the evening show, attended that same evening by actor Charles Laughton. Laughton was impressed by Phipps' performance, came backstage afterwards to ask Phipps to perform in Laughton's own play. Phipps' career took off, he was soon in his first feature film, Crossfire. In 1949, Phipps auditioned for the speaking voice of Prince Charming in the upcoming Disney film Cinderella; the studio was pleased with his performance and Phipps was offered the part by Walt Disney himself. After nearly thirty years in the business, performing in film and television in a wide variety of roles, Phipps took a break from Hollywood and moved to Hawaii. While there, he hosted a movie presentation program called "Hollywood Oldies", on Maui's Cable 7.
After a little more than five years in Hawaii, he returned to Hollywood to portray President Theodore Roosevelt in the 1976 television movie Eleanor and Franklin. Phipps' last movie role was in the 2000 independent film Sordid Lives, in which he served as one of the film's producers. In 2005, several of Phipps' films were the subject of an EIU film festival in his honor, he received an honorary doctorate from the university the following year. Phipps died from lung cancer on June 1, 2018 at the age of 96. At the time of his death, he was the last surviving cast member of the 1950 animated film Cinderella. William Phipps on IMDb William Edward "Bill" Phipps fan page at Facebook Interview with William Phipps in Tom Weaver's book "Double Feature Creature Attack", at Google Books
Bernard Philip Ofner – better known by his stage name Barney Phillips – was an American film and radio actor. His most prominent roles include that of Sgt. Ed Jacobs on the 1950s Dragnet television series, appearances in the 1960s on The Twilight Zone, in which he played a Venusian living under cover on Earth in "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?", a supporting role as actor Fletcher Huff in the short-lived 1970s CBS series, The Betty White Show. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Harry Nathan Ofner, a commercial salesman for the leather industry, Leona Frank Ofner, a naturalized citizen of German origin, who went by the nickname Lonnie, he grew up and was educated in St. Louis moved to Los Angeles, after he graduated from college in 1935. Interested in acting, he got a small part in an independently produced Grade-B Western called Black Aces in 1937, but his show business career languished. In 1940, he was in Meet the People on Broadway. Phillips enlisted in the United States Army in July 1941, serving in the signal corps during World War II.
Following the war, Phillips procured small parts in several films during 1949-1952, before getting a regular role on the NBC television version of Jack Webb's Dragnet, as Sgt. Jacobs, he voiced the recurring role of Hamilton J. Finger, a police sergeant in Frank Sinatra's radio program Rocky Fortune in 1953 and 1954. Thereafter he was a prolific character actor in both films and television series throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In 1955, he played Mr. Jamison in the I Love Lucy episode "Ricky's European Booking." He played minor roles in two episodes of Perry Mason, including Mr. Johnson in "The Case of the Wintry Wife" in 1961. In the 1959-1960 television season, Phillips portrayed police Lieutenant Geller in the syndicated crime drama Johnny Midnight, starring Edmond O'Brien as a New York City actor-turned-private detective; the following season, Phillips appeared as another police lieutenant, named "Avery," in seven episodes of the syndicated crime drama The Brothers Brannagan, starring Stephen Dunne and Mark Roberts.
In 1962, Phillips was cast as the historical General Winfield Scott Hancock in the episode, "The Truth Teller" of the syndicated anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. The episode focuses on the negotiations leading to the Medicine Lodge Treaty of 1867. Ed Kemmer appeared as investigative reporter Henry Morton Stanley, who assesses Hancock's success in avoiding war on the frontier. Charles Carlson, who had a limited acting career from 1960 to 1967, was cast as Wild Bill Hickok. Phillips remained active in television through the 1970s until his death in 1982, he was a guest star or featured player. However, his best known role is to be as a surprising diner counterman in a long-remembered episode "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" on The Twilight Zone. Among many other appearances, Phillips can be seen in Stan Freberg's Jeno's pizza roll commercial. Phillips died of cancer of sixty-eight at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dragnet:...series regular as Sergeant Ed Jacobs I Love Lucy: "Ricky's European Booking"...as Mr. Jamison The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet:...as various characters Peter Gunn: "The Blind Pianist"...as Stephen Ware Gunsmoke: "Renegade White"...as Ord Spicer Have Gun Will Travel: "The Monster of Moon Ridge"...as Dan Bella Hawaiian Eye: "I Wed Three Wives"...as Henry Bunker The Twilight Zone: "The Purple Testament"...as Captain E. L. Gunther The Twilight Zone: "A Thing about Machines"...as television repairman The Twilight Zone: "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?"...as Haley, the short-order cook The Twilight Zone: "Miniature"...as Diemel The Andy Griffith Show: "Barney Gets His Man"...as Eddie Brooke, escaped convict The Dick Van Dyke Show: "The Cat Burglar"...as Westchester police lieutenant The Three Musketeers:...voice of Porthos for all 18 episodes of animated series Twelve O'Clock High:...
Major "Doc" Kaiser Shazzan!:...voice of Shazzan for all 36 episodes of animated series Get Smart: "Greer Window"...as Otto Greer Adam-12: "Log 93: Once a Junkie"...as Sergeant Burdick Columbo "Suitable For Framing"...as Captain Wyler The Funky Phantom...as Additional voices Hawaii Five-O "Air Cargo… Dial for Murder"...co-starring as Cook Cannon:...as various characters The Betty White Show...actor playing Police Chief Fletcher Huff and his "twin" brother The Dukes of Hazzard...as Judge Buford Potts Barney Phillips on IMDb Barney Phillips at the Internet Broadway Database Barney Phillips at Find a Grave