Philip Abbott

Highest Rated: 75% Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Lowest Rated: 22% The First Power (1990)
Birthday: Mar 21, 1923
Birthplace: Not Available
In critiquing a minor science fiction film of the late '50s, a prominent film historian characterized star Phillip Abbott as "...the kind of actor whose face you forget five minutes after seeing it." While there is some truth in this, let it be recorded here and now that Abbott's professional credentials were as impeccable and impressive as any "unforgettable" star. After serving with the U.S. Air Force in World War II (and earning an air medal and three oak-leaf clusters in the process), Abbott attended Fordham University, and later studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. Making his Broadway debut in 1948, he went on to appear in such stage successes as Detective Story and Two for the Seesaw. Far from being completely unmemorable in films, Abbott had at least two praiseworthy screen characterizations to his credit: nervous groom-to-be Arnold in The Bachelor Party (1957) and doctor-with-a-secret George Scudder in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). His many network television credits included a stint as host/narrator on the experimental 1960 psychological soap opera House on High Street, and the continuing role of Assistant Director Arthur Ward on The FBI (1965-1974). Before, during, and after the height of his film and TV activities, Abbott continued to be a busy stage actor/director. In 1962, he co-founded Theatre West, an L.A.-based actor's workshop. He also produced, directed, and wrote nine instructional films for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, as well as the ten-episode Lessons for Living, an in-school training project underwritten by the Disney studios. In addition, he created and produced the TV weekly Hidden Places on behalf of Nebraska Public Television. Outside of his professional activities, Abbott was active with the United Cerebral Palsy/Spastic Children's Foundation, and was one of the leading citizens of Tarzana, CA, where he served as president of the Nelson Company. Forgettable though his screen appearances may have been at times, Phillip Abbott will always be remembered by someone.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Starry Night Dr. Ruby 1999
22% The First Power Cardinal 1990
No Score Yet The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins Actor 1984
No Score Yet Savannah Smiles Chief Pruitt 1982
No Score Yet Hangar 18 Frank 1980
No Score Yet Those Calloways Dell Fraser 1965
No Score Yet Miracle of the White Stallions Col. Reed 1963
No Score Yet The Spiral Road Frolick 1962
75% Sweet Bird of Youth Dr. George Scudder 1962
No Score Yet The Invisible Boy Dr. Tom Merrinoe 1957
No Score Yet The Bachelor Party Arnold 1957

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Lt. Cullen Dr. Trebaro Dr. Hubbard Dabney
  • 1995
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Judge Foster
  • 1990
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Joe Killion
  • 1987
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Mr. Drake
  • 1985
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Major Pritchard
  • 1984
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Sullivan Dr. Lloyd Wallace Elliot Phillips
  • 1983
  • 1980
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Giles Kendall
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Dr. Murrow
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
Naud Arlo
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Dennis
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Shafter
  • 1964
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Callan
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
General Eaton Chris Bayles
  • 1963
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Abels Corder
  • 1963
  • 1958
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Mark Halliday
  • 1956

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