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Barney Phillips

Show Count: 142
Series Count: 11
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: October 20, 1913, Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: August 17, 1982, Los Angeles, California, USA
Born Bernard Philip Ofner in St. Louis, Missouri, to Harry Nathan Ofner, a commercial salesman for the leather industry, and Leona Frank Ofner, a naturalized citizen of German origin, who went by the nickname Lonnie. Phillips grew up and was educated in St. Louis, then moved to Los Angeles, California after graduating from college in 1935.

Interested in acting, he was able to get a small part in an independently-produced Grade B western called Black Aces in 1937, but his show business career then languished. Phillips enlisted in the US Army in July 1941 under his real name, serving in the signal corpsduring World War II.

Following the war, Phillips procured small parts in several films during 1949-1952, before getting a regular role on the NBC television version of Dragnet, as Sgt. Ed Jacobs. He also voiced the recurring role of Hamilton J. Finger, a police sergeant in Frank Sinatra's radio program, Rocky Fortune, in 1953 and 1954. Thereafter he was a prolific character actor in both films and television series throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In 1955 he played Mr. Jamison in the I Love Lucy episode Ricky's European Booking. He also played minor roles in several episodes of Perry Mason. In the 1959-1960 television season, Phillips portrayed police Lieutenant Geller in the syndicated crime drama, Johnny Midnight, starringEdmond O'Brien as a New York City actor-turned-private detective. The following season, Phillips appeared as another police lieutenant, named "Avery", in seven episodes of the syndicated crime drama The Brothers Brannagan, starring Stephen Dunne and Mark Roberts.

Phillips remained active in television during the 1970s just prior to his death in 1982.

Phillips was generally a guest star or featured player (e.g. a one-time appearance as an escaped criminal on the Andy Griffith Show), but did have a number of recurring character roles in television, and also as a series regular in Twelve O'Clock High (1964–67) and The Betty White Show (1977–78). However, his best known role is likely to be as a surprising diner counterman in a well-known episode of The Twilight Zone called "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?".

Among many other appearances, Phillips can be seen briefly in Stan Freberg's famous Jeno's pizza roll commercial. [Source: Wikipedia]

Crime ClassicsCrime Classics
Show Count: 51
Broadcast History: June 1953 to June 1954
Cast: Lou Merrill, Ben Wright, Barney Phillips, Mary Jane Croft, Bill Johnstone, Paula Winslowe, Jeanette Nolan, Herb Butterfield, Betty Harford, Jack Kruschen, Irene Tedrow, John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Lillian Buyeff, Norma LeMond, Roy Rowan
Director: Elliott Lewis
Producer: Elliott Lewis
Crime Classics was a United States radio docudrama which aired as a sustaining series over CBS from June 15, 1953, to June 30, 1954.
On StageOn Stage
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 1 January 1953 to 30 September 1953
Cast: Ben Wright, Elliott Lewis, Howard McNear, William Conrad, Paul Frees, Harry Bartell, Cathy Lewis, Barney Phillips, Peggy Webber
Director: Elliott Lewis
Producer: Elliott Lewis
Broadcast: 28th December 1958
Added: Aug 16 2004
Broadcast: 22nd December 1952
Added: Dec 20 2008
Broadcast: 2nd August 1955
Added: May 21 2010
Broadcast: 29th November 1954
Added: Sep 02 2013
Broadcast: 8th February 1959
Added: Jul 08 2011
Broadcast: 14th December 1952
Added: Dec 14 2010
Broadcast: 3rd June 1956
Added: Jun 25 2005
Broadcast: 20th November 1960
Added: Aug 22 2009
Broadcast: 13th January 1955
Added: Jan 22 2010
Broadcast: 2nd December 1953
Added: Dec 09 2012
Broadcast: 25th January 1959
Added: Apr 28 2011
Broadcast: 7th June 1955
Added: Oct 30 2010
Broadcast: 25th September 1953
Added: Oct 21 2010
Broadcast: 4th May 1950
Added: Jun 12 2007
Broadcast: 22nd November 1948
Added: Aug 30 2010
Broadcast: 23rd June 1957
Added: Sep 30 2010
Broadcast: 19th May 1954
Added: May 06 2013
Broadcast: 13th July 1958
Added: Jun 17 2011
Broadcast: 8th March 1959
Added: Jul 28 2011
Broadcast: 5th November 1952
Added: Aug 23 2010
Broadcast: September 7, 1958
Added: Nov 12 2010
Broadcast: 13th July 1958
Added: Aug 20 2011
Broadcast: 20th July 1958
Added: Aug 20 2011
Broadcast: 23rd November 1958
Added: Nov 25 2011
Broadcast: 5th May 1957
Added: Oct 28 2007
Broadcast: 21st September 1958
Added: Sep 15 2011
Broadcast: 22th May 1953
Added: Jun 04 2012
Broadcast: 29th April 1953
Added: May 07 2011
Broadcast: 12th April 1954
Added: Jun 13 2009
Broadcast: 18th August 1957
Added: Sep 17 2010
Broadcast: 24th August 1958
Added: Jul 01 2011
Broadcast: 25th December 1950
Added: Dec 26 2008
Broadcast: 30th November 1958
Added: Nov 26 2011
Broadcast: 10th February 1956
Added: Apr 24 2007
Broadcast: 29th November 1955
Added: Aug 27 2010
Broadcast: 25th August 1948
Added: Jan 28 2007
Broadcast: 9th January 1953
Added: Aug 11 2011
Broadcast: 3rd May 1951
Added: Mar 05 2008