Phill Lewis (born February 14, 1968) is an American actor, comedian and director, known for his role as Mr. Moseby on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its spin-off, The Suite Life on Deck. Lewis has also appeared in series such as Lizzie McGuire, Friends, The Wayans Bros and Scrubs.
Lewis in 2007
Lewis was born on February 14, 1968 in Uganda. At the time, his father, former U.S. Ambassador Delano Lewis, was serving as the Peace Corps' associate director and country director for Nigeria and Uganda. Lewis has three brothers.
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In 1991, Lewis was cast in the lead role of the short-lived CBS sitcom Teech. The series was cancelled after four episodes. He appeared in guest parts on various television series including Pacific Blue, JAG, Ally McBeal, Joan of Arcadia, Brothers & Sisters, 8 Simple Rules, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Friends and How I Met Your Mother. Lewis has also had recurring roles on A Different World, The Wayans Bros., Lizzie McGuire, Yes, Dear, Scrubs, and Raising Hope.
Lewis co-starred in the Disney Channel original series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Mr. Moseby. In 2008, he had reprised the role on a spin-off The Suite Life on Deck, where he plays the manager of The S.S. Tipton. He has appeared as a guest star on Disney Channel's That's So Raven and Phineas and Ferb and also in one of the channel's original films, Dadnapped. On the children's series Special Agent Oso, he has a recurring role as the voice of Agent Wolfie.
As a television director, he directed eight episodes of The Suite Life on Deck, first making his directorial debut with The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episode "I Want My Mummy" (2007). He has since gone on to direct episodes of the Disney Channel sitcoms A.N.T. Farm, Austin & Ally, Good Luck Charlie, Kickin' It and Jessie. His other television directing credits include Malibu Country, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Soul Man, Sullivan & Son, Melissa & Joey, Young & Hungry, The Odd Couple, and One Day at a Time. He also directed the live episode of Undateable in 2015 that secured a third season for the series.
Lewis made his film debut as Dennis in the 1989 dark comedy Heathers. He has appeared in smaller roles in other films, including City Slickers (1991), Bowfinger (1999), I Spy (2002), Surviving Christmas (2004), Kicking & Screaming (2005), and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (2011).
In late December 1991, Lewis was arrested after he killed Isabel Duarte, a resident of Bethesda, Maryland, in a car crash. He was charged with manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol level at the time measured three times the limit for legal intoxication. The court sentenced Lewis to five years in prison, but suspended four, citing Lewis's work after his arrest with a prison-based theater troupe which performed in jails, schools, and churches, to highlight the consequences of drug abuse. Lewis was also ordered to serve two years' probation after his release and to perform 350 hours of community service.
|1989||How I Got Into College||Herman|
|1991||City Slickers||Dr. Steven Jessup|
|1992||Aces: Iron Eagle III||Tee Vee||Alternative title: Iron Eagle III|
|1999||Bowfinger||Actor at Audition|
|2000||What Planet Are You From?||Other MD|
|2004||Elvis Has Left the Building||Charlie|
|2004||Surviving Christmas||Levine the Lawyer|
|2005||Kicking & Screaming||John Ryan|
|2008||Pretty Ugly People||Raye|
|2011||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||Mr. McKibble||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Wish I Was Here||Nerd|
|1986||Hill Street Blues||Parker||Episode: "Amazing Grace"|
|1986||227||Ken||Episode: "Come Into Parlor"|
|1987–1988||The Bronx Zoo||Schuyler Tate||2 episodes|
|1987||Starman||J.B.||Episode: "The Test"|
|1987||Amen||Marvin||Episode: "Deacon on the Line"|
|1987||Frank's Place||Homer||2 episodes|
|1988||Sonny Spoon||Aaron Fortune||Episode: "Crimes Below the Waist"|
|1988–1989||A Different World||Sam Lee||4 episodes|
|1989||TV 101||Noah Hawkins||Episode: "Kangaroo Gate"|
|1990||Charles in Charge||Bernie||Episode: "Buddy Flips a Disc"|
|1991||Teech||Teech Gibson||Lead role, 12 episodes|
|1994||Hardball||Arnold Nixon||Main role, 9 episodes|
|1994||Living Single||J.T.||Episode: "U.N.I.T.Y."|
|1995||Sister, Sister||Mr. Berry||Episode: "Field Trip"|
|1995–1998||The Wayans Bros.||T.C.||Recurring role, 20 episodes|
|1996||Married... with Children||George||Episode: "Enemies"|
|1997–1998||Sparks||Detective Floyd Pitts||3 episodes|
|1997||The Drew Carey Show||Mike||Episode: "Drew vs. Mimi: Part 2"|
|1998||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Mr. Platt||Episode: "Beauty and the Beasts"|
|1998||Boy Meets World||Clifton McNair||2 episodes|
|1999||Party of Five||Detective Danner||Episode: "Witness for the Persecution"|
|1999||Chicago Hope||Detective Davis||2 episodes|
|2000–2001||Family Law||Lawyer||3 episodes|
|2000||JAG||Petty Officer Scalline||Episode: "Drop Zone"|
|2000||Ally McBeal||D.A. Kessler||Episode: "I Will Survive"|
|2001–2002||Lizzie McGuire||Principal Tweedy||3 episodes|
|2001||Dharma & Greg||Mr. Walden||Episode: "With a Little Help from My Friend"|
|2001–2006||Yes, Dear||Roy||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|2003||Joan of Arcadia||Naval Officer God||Episode: "The Boat"|
|2004||8 Simple Rules||Cop||Episode: "Consequences"|
|2005–2009||Scrubs||"Crazy" Hooch||5 episodes|
|2005–2008||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Marion Moseby||Main role, 87 episodes, Directed 1 Episode|
|2005-2017||American Dad!||Duper||5 episodes|
|2006||That's So Raven||Marion Moseby||Episode: "Checkin' Out"|
|2007||Kim Possible||Coco Banana||Voice role, 2 episodes|
|2007||Brothers & Sisters||Dr. Peter Edwards||Episode: "An American Family"|
|2007||How I Met Your Mother||Loan Officer||Episode: "Dowisetrepla"|
|2008–2011||The Suite Life on Deck||Marion Moseby||Main role, 58 episodes Directed 9 Episodes|
|2009–2012||Special Agent Oso||Special Agent Wolfie||Main voice role, 22 episodes|
|2009||Wizards of Waverly Place||Marion Moseby||Episode: "Cast Away (To Another Show)"|
|2009||Hannah Montana||Marion Moseby||Episode: "Super(sticious) Girl"|
|2010||The Big C||Pool man||2 episodes|
|2010||Phineas and Ferb||Hawaiian hotel manager||Voice role, episode: "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation"|
|2011||The Suite Life Movie||Marion Moseby||Television movie|
|2011||Raising Hope||Donovan||2 episodes|
|2011||Good Luck Charlie||Johnny's dad||Episode: "Bye Bye Video Diary"|
|2015||Jessie||Marion Moseby||Episode: "Karate Kid-tastrophe", directed 9 episodes|
|2015||Your Family or Mine||Award Presenter||Episode: "The Speech"|
|2015||Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn||The Mayor||Episode: "The Mighty Quad Squad"|
|2015||Undateable||Judge Lewis||Episode: "An Angry Judge Walks Into A Bar"|
|2016||Angel from Hell||Walt||2 episodes|
- Phill Lewis Biography (1968–). Accessed 2012-12-12.
- Photos, Bio and News for Phill Lewis. TVGuide.com. Accessed 2012-12-12.
- Lewis, Phill (February 14, 2019). "..." Twitter. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
- Delano E. Lewis, country director for the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda from 1966 to 1969. Peace Corps Online. Accessed 2012-12-12.
- Hill, Michael E. (September 1, 1991). "Phill Lewis; D.C. Actor Has the Lead In CBS's Teech". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Berg, Jeff (February 2007). "Ambassador at Large". Desert Exposure. Silver City, New Mexico: Continental Divide Publishing. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
- "Phill Lewis Sentenced in Fatal Crash". Jet Magazine. February 8, 1993. p. 37. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "'Teech' star convicted of vehicular manslaughter'". Variety. November 22, 1992. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
- "Phill Lewis Gets Year In Jail For Drunken Driving Death". Orlando Sentinel. January 23, 1993. Retrieved January 29, 2014.