Lee Philips

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Lee Philips
Peyton Place 5-5.jpg
Leon Friedman[1]

(1927-01-10)January 10, 1927
DiedMarch 3, 1999(1999-03-03) (aged 72)
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[edit]

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]

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 (1910–1997), surrenders to the United States Army. Harry Holcombe (1906–1987) 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]


  1. ^ https://images.shulcloud.com/428/uploads/PDFs%2FAdelphi-Magazine-Fall-2011.pdf
  2. ^ O'Day, Billie. "Interesting Woman / Lee's the Actor — But Barbara Gives the Cues" (The Miami News, November 11, 1959, page 3B)
  3. ^ "Stellar Team / Lee Philips, as a high school principal, and Lana Turner, shown here in a scene from Peyton Place, form one of the more mature romantic couples in the picture" (Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 23, 1958, page 14)
  4. ^ Belser, Lee / International News Service. "Philips Feels Like Neophyte / Actor Gets 'Fidgets' in Film with Lana" (The Miami News, January 16, 1958, page 4A)
  5. ^ "The White Healer on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Witbeck, Chrles {sic}. "Red Badge of Courage / They Finally Got It Right" (Boca Raton News, December 6, 1974, page 8)
  7. ^ NNDB

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