Lee Philips

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

Lee Philips
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Lee Phillips in Peyton Place
Leon Friedman[1]

(1927-01-10)January 10, 1927
New York City, U.S.
DiedMarch 3, 1999(1999-03-03) (aged 72)
Spouse(s)Barbara Schrader (1956–1980; divorced; 2 children)
Jean Allison (divorced)

Life and careerEdit

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 appeared in the Paddy Chayefsky motion picture, Middle of the Night (1959) as Kim Novak's character's ex-husband, George. The following year, Philips was cast as the compassionate Lieutenant Wood in the episode, "The White Healer", on the syndicated television anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews.

Later 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". In 1973 he directed The Girl Most Likely to... starring Stockard Channing.[5] He directed Dick Van Dyke on several episodes of Diagnosis: Murder.

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


Year Title Role Notes
1957 Peyton Place Michael Rossi
1958 The Hunters 1st Lt. Carl Abbott
1959 Middle of the Night George Preisser
1960 Tess of the Storm Country Eric Thorson
1963 Violent Midnight Elliot Freeman
1965 The Lollipop Cover Nestor


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