Phillip Pine

Highest Rated: 100% Murder by Contract (1958)
Birthday: Jul 16, 1920
Birthplace: Hanford, California
Phillip Pine was a character actor whose chameleon-like presence graced the entertainment world for more than 50 years as an actor, in addition to work as a screenwriter and director. Pine was born in Hanford, CA, 1920, and made his stage debut in a play written in Portugeuse. He later worked on showboats along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and made the jump to small roles in movies in the mid-'40s, when he was in his twenties. His dark features frequently got him cast as gangsters and thugs in the early part of his career, and he moved in more prominent roles -- usually of a villainous nature -- in the 1950s.In 1954, Pine worked on-stage in See the Jaguar and The Immoralist and crossed paths with James Dean at the outset of the latter's career in New York. He played the title role in the stage version of A Stone for Danny Fisher, in a production that also featured Zero Mostel, Joe de Santis, and Susan Cabot. Brooks Atkinson, reviewing the play in The New York Times, wrote that Pine turned in "a good performance. He makes the character shifty and shallow, but likable, also, like a heel who means well weakly." With very expressive eyes and a minimum of words, Pine could melt into a role and make the most of only a few seconds' screen time. His feature films included William Keighley's crime thriller The Street with No Name (1948), Robert Wise's The Set Up, Mark Robson's My Foolish Heart, and William Wellman's Battleground, all released in 1949. He was also a veteran of hundreds of television shows, from Superman ("The Case of the Talkative Dummy," "The Mystery of the Broken Statues") to The Twilight Zone to Star Trek ("The Savage Curtain"), all of them as villains of a crafty and devious nature. Pine's biggest feature film role was in Irving Lerner's 1958 thriller Murder By Contract, in which he portrayed one of a pair of hoods working with hired assassin Vince Edwards. Pine passed away in 2006 at the age of 86.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Money to Burn Actor 1982
No Score Yet Enola Gay Actor 1980
No Score Yet Pot! Parents! Police! Director Actor 1971
No Score Yet Hook, Line and Sinker Head Surgeon 1969
No Score Yet Project X Lee Craig 1968
40% Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round George Logan 1966
No Score Yet Brainstorm Dr. Ames 1965
No Score Yet The Big Fisherman Lucius 1959
No Score Yet The Lost Missile Dr. Joe Freed 1958
100% Murder by Contract Marc 1958
89% Men in War Riordan 1957
No Score Yet The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues George 1955
No Score Yet Black Tuesday Fiaschetti 1955
No Score Yet Hoodlum Empire Louis Barretti 1952
No Score Yet My Foolish Heart Sgt. Lucey 1949
No Score Yet Red Light Pablo 1949
78% I Shot Jesse James Man in Saloon 1949
86% The Set-Up Souza 1949
100% The Street with No Name Monk 1948

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Dr. Panucci Thomas Brown
  • 1982
  • 1978
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Winthrop Morgan
  • 1980
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Holloway
  • 1978
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Krieger
  • 1977
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Store Manager Ortega Stark Joe Rossi
  • 1974
  • 1971
  • 1969
  • 1968
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
Col. Green
  • 1969
  • 1967
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Arnold Grasnik
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Rowan Pete Gavin
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Dugan Gannon
  • 1966
  • 1963
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Blake
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Norton
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Renard
  • 1965
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Leonard O'Brien Sterig
  • 1963
  • 1960
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Dangerfield
  • 1959
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Mapet
  • 1958
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Vint
  • 1957
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Dorn 1st Safe Man
  • 1952

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