Phyllis Coates

Birthday: Jan 15, 1927
Birthplace: Not Available
Born on her family's cattle ranch in Texas, American actress Phyllis Coates left home to attend UCLA. Shortly afterward she secured a dancing job with Ken Murray's Blackouts, a long-running LA-based stage review. She later danced for producer Earl Carroll and in a USO tour of Anything Goes. Through the auspices of her first husband, director Richard Bare, Phyllis entered films in 1948 as leading lady of Warner Bros.' Behind the Eight-Ball short subjects series, playing Mrs. Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon). Coates stayed with the Eight-Ball series even after her marriage to Bare ended, and also appeared in supporting parts in such Warners features as Look for the Silver Lining (1949). In 1951, Coates was cast as reporter Lois Lane in Lippert Productions' "B"-feature Superman and the Mole Men, wherein George Reeves played the dual role of Superman and Clark Kent for the first time. This week-long assignment led to both Reeves and Phyllis being cast in the subsequent Superman TV series. While Phyllis thrived on the rigors of the hectic production schedule and was a good friend of Reeves', she was compelled to leave Superman after its first season when a possible starring role in another TV weekly came her way. That project died, but Phyllis remained in films until the early 1960s, mostly in westerns (Marshall of Cedar Creek [1953] and Blood Arrow [1958]) and also as the lead in one of the last Republic serials, Panther Girl of the Kongo (1953). She appeared in quite a few sci-fi and horror films as well; in Invasion USA (1952) one of her fellow cast members was Noel Neill, the actress who'd replaced her as Lois Lane on Superman. Phyllis remained active in television throughout her career, co-starring on the short-lived 1958 sitcom This is Alice and playing good guest roles in a multitude of series like Perry Mason, The Untouchables and The Patty Duke Show. Long in retirement, Phyllis Coates returned to films and TV in the early 1990s; one of her best latter-day roles was on the newest Superman TV incarnation, Lois and Clark where she plays Lois Lane's mother!

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Kiss Shot Actor 1991
No Score Yet Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love Katherine 1991
No Score Yet Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn Gladys Baker 1989
No Score Yet A Whisper Kill Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Baby Maker Tish's Mother 1970
No Score Yet The Incredible Petrified World Dale Marshall 1958
No Score Yet Cattle Empire Janice Hamilton 1958
No Score Yet Chicago Confidential Helen 1957
30% I Was a Teenage Frankenstein Margaret 1957
No Score Yet Girls in Prison Dorothy 1956
No Score Yet The Claw Monsters Joan Evans Panther Girl 1955
No Score Yet Here Come the Girls (Champagne for Everybody) Chorus Girl 1953
No Score Yet She's Back on Broadway Blonde 1953
No Score Yet Marshall of Cedar Rock Actor 1953
No Score Yet Marshal of Cedar Rock Martha Clark 1953
No Score Yet Jungle Drums of Africa Carol Bryant 1953
No Score Yet Perils of the Jungle Jo Carter 1953
No Score Yet Flat Top Dorothy 1952
No Score Yet Invasion U.S.A. Mrs. Mulvory 1952
No Score Yet The Gunman Actor 1952
No Score Yet Adventures of Superman Actor 1952
No Score Yet The Longhorn Gail 1951
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole-Men Actor 1951
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole Men Lois Lane 1951
No Score Yet My Blue Heaven Woman 1950
No Score Yet My Foolish Heart Girl on Phone 1949
No Score Yet Smart Girls Don't Talk Cigarette Girl 1948
No Score Yet Kipps (The Remarkable Mr. Kipps) Actor 1941


86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • 1994
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Rose McKinney Hattie
  • 1962
  • 1958
No Score Yet Rawhide
Elizabeth Nora
  • 1961
  • 1959
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
  • 1957
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
Lois Lane
  • 1953
  • 1952


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