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Also Known As: Phillip Abbott, Philip Abbott Alexander Died: February 23, 1998
Born: March 21, 1923 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA Profession: actor

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A minor character actor with hundreds of credits dating back to the earliest days of television, Phillip Abbott never became a star, but he worked consistently for nearly a half-century in various supporting and leading roles. Abbott studied at New York's Fordham University and apprenticed in acting at the well-regarded Pasadena Playhouse in Southern California. After debuting on Broadway in the late 1940s, Abbott became a regular television presence during the so-called Golden Age of live TV drama, appearing on popular live prime-time anthologies like "Producers' Showcase," "The Philco Television Playhouse," and "The Kaiser Aluminum Hour." Although he enjoyed a brief foray into film in the late 1950s and '60s, appearing in supporting roles on family-oriented Disney features such as the WWII adventure "Miracle of the White Stallions" (1963) and the wilderness drama "Those Calloways" (1965), Abbott continued to work primarily in TV for the rest of his career. His best remembered role was Assistant Director Arthur Ward on the long-running crime drama "The F.B.I.," which he played for nine years.

A minor character actor with hundreds of credits dating back to the earliest days of television, Phillip Abbott never became a star, but he worked consistently for nearly a half-century in various supporting and leading roles. Abbott studied at New York's Fordham University and apprenticed in acting at the well-regarded Pasadena Playhouse in Southern California. After debuting on Broadway in the late 1940s, Abbott became a regular television presence during the so-called Golden Age of live TV drama, appearing on popular live prime-time anthologies like "Producers' Showcase," "The Philco Television Playhouse," and "The Kaiser Aluminum Hour." Although he enjoyed a brief foray into film in the late 1950s and '60s, appearing in supporting roles on family-oriented Disney features such as the WWII adventure "Miracle of the White Stallions" (1963) and the wilderness drama "Those Calloways" (1965), Abbott continued to work primarily in TV for the rest of his career. His best remembered role was Assistant Director Arthur Ward on the long-running crime drama "The F.B.I.," which he played for nine years.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spring Awakening (1994) Mr Pierson
2.
 Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story (1993) Dr Rulon Allred
3.
 First Power, The (1990) Cardinal
5.
 Savannah Smiles (1982) Chief Pruitt
6.
 Hangar 18 (1980) Frank Morrison
7.
 Cops and Robin (1978) District Attorney Garfield
8.
 Escape From Bogen County (1977) Harry Webb
9.
 Tail Gunner Joe (1977) Senator Scott Lucas
10.
 Those Calloways (1965) Dell Fraser
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1962:
Appeared in science fiction film "Sweet Bird of Youth"
1998:
Final film, co-starred with his son in the yet-to-be released "Starry Night"
1948:
Broadway debut in "Harvest of the Years"
:
Decorated WWII B-24 bomber pilot
1957:
Starred in "The Bachelor Party" and "The Invisible Boy"
1991:
Appeared in feature "The First Power"
1964:
Featured as Arthur Ward on the ABC crime series "The FBI"
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wife:
Jane DuFrayne. Survived him.

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sister:
Mary Hinkley. Survived him.
brother:
J C Alexander. Survived him.
brother:
Robert Alexander. Survived him.
daughter:
Denise Shoemaker. Survived him.
son:
David Abbott Alexander. Actor, writer. Survived him.
son:
Nelson Alexander. Survived him.
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