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Also Known As: Ethan Philips Died:
Born: February 8, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Island, New York, USA Profession: actor, playwright

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A stage-trained character player who endeared himself to TV audiences playing likable if somewhat geeky and enthusiastic supporting roles, Ethan Phillips was best known for his five-year stint (1980-85) on the popular ABC sitcom, "Benson" as press secretary Pete Downey. He remained visible as a frequent TV guest star on such series as "Murphy Brown," "NYPD Blue," "Law and Order" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Philips also appeared in small roles in a number of features, including his film debut in the acclaimed "Ragtime" (1981), "Glory" (1989), "Green Card" (1990), "The Man Without a Face" (1993) and "The Shadow" (1994).Phillips had extensive stage experience with credits in regional theater, off-Broadway and Broadway. He was also a playwright whose original work, "Penguin Blues," was published in The Samuel French Collection of Best Short Plays and produced more than 150 times throughout the U.S. and Canada.Phillips donned heavy makeup as a cast member of "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN, 1995-2001). Playing Neelix, the ship's resident Talaxian scout, cook and comic relief, Phillips amused legions of "Trek" fans and ensured himself a steady gig throughout the show's run.

A stage-trained character player who endeared himself to TV audiences playing likable if somewhat geeky and enthusiastic supporting roles, Ethan Phillips was best known for his five-year stint (1980-85) on the popular ABC sitcom, "Benson" as press secretary Pete Downey. He remained visible as a frequent TV guest star on such series as "Murphy Brown," "NYPD Blue," "Law and Order" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Philips also appeared in small roles in a number of features, including his film debut in the acclaimed "Ragtime" (1981), "Glory" (1989), "Green Card" (1990), "The Man Without a Face" (1993) and "The Shadow" (1994).

Phillips had extensive stage experience with credits in regional theater, off-Broadway and Broadway. He was also a playwright whose original work, "Penguin Blues," was published in The Samuel French Collection of Best Short Plays and produced more than 150 times throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Phillips donned heavy makeup as a cast member of "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN, 1995-2001). Playing Neelix, the ship's resident Talaxian scout, cook and comic relief, Phillips amused legions of "Trek" fans and ensured himself a steady gig throughout the show's run.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Purge 3, The (2016)
2.
 Miles (2016)
3.
 Tell Tale Lies (2015)
4.
 Murder Pact, The (2015)
5.
 Irrational Man (2015)
6.
 RoboRex (2014)
7.
8.
 Arachnoquake (2012)
9.
 Keith (2008)
10.
 Hallowed Ground (2007)
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Acted at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute in Utah for six years
1980:
Debut as a TV series regular, played press secretary Pete Downey in the hit ABC spin-off sitcom, "Benson"
1981:
Feature film debut was "Ragtime" directed by Milos Forman
2001:
Garnered praise for supporting turn as a jazz musician in the Pasadena Playhouse production of "Side Man"
1995:
Cast as Neelix, the ship's cook and all-around busybody, on UPN's "Star Trek: Voyager"
1990:
Played an INS agent in the romantic comedy, "Green Card"
2005:
Appeared in the sci-fi thriller "The Island," directed by Michael Bay
1989:
Co-starred with Morgan Freeman in the biographical-drama "Lean on Me"
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Developed play, "Penguin Blues", at the Sundance Institute
1982:
First appearance on a TV special, "Circus of the Stars"
1987:
Played a recurring role on the Fox-TV thriller series, "Werewolf"
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Raised on Long Island, New York
1986:
Had play, "Penguin Blues", produced at Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays (date approximate)
1986:
Starred in the sci-fi feature, "Critters"
1987:
TV-movie debut, "Deadly Deception"
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Worked extensively in regional theater
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Education

Boston University: Boston, Massachusetts -
Cornell University: Ithaca, New York -

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wife:
Patricia Cresswell. Fashion magazine stylist.

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"The Star Trek Cookbook" Simon & Schuster

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