Phil Foster

Phil Foster

Highest Rated: 92% Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

Lowest Rated: 50% Conquest of Space (1955)

Birthday: Mar 29, 1913

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

While most recognizable for his role as Frank DeFazio on the television series "Laverne & Shirley," actor Phil Foster also worked extensively as a stand-up comedian. Foster first began performing as a child, putting on his own song-and-dance shows outside movie theaters in his neighborhood. As he got older he began appearing in amateur competitions, often vying against another young comic, Jackie Gleason. During the Great Depression, Foster began to work in very low-budget plays whenever he could, to make money. His first stand-up job came by accident when he had to fill in for a comic at a Chicago night club, which led to more stand-up work in places like New York City, Seattle, and Birmingham. After serving in WWII he found himself back in New York and made several comedy shorts based on his upbringing in Brooklyn as "Brooklyn's Ambassador to the World." His act, plus a role on the astronaut drama "The Conquest of Space," led him to Hollywood. Brought out by friend and producer Garry Marshall, Foster appeared on such top sitcoms as "The Odd Couple," "The Love Boat," and "Fantasy Island" before he landed the DeFazio role on "Laverne & Shirley." Late in his career Foster began to write plays and ran a workshop for young actors.

Highest rated movies

Bang the Drum Slowly
Conquest of Space

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sno-Line Ralph Salerno (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Having Babies III Chuck (Character) - 1978
92% 62% Bang the Drum Slowly Joe Jaros (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Little Crook and Nanny Lt. Bozzaris (Character) - 1972
50% 28% Conquest of Space Jackie Siegle (Character) - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Laverne & Shirley Frank De Fazio (Character) 1976-1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet 100% The Odd Couple Dr. Krakauer (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964