Phil has been a member of Actors Co-op since the 2009/2010 season when he appeared as Dr. Kelekian/Mr. Bearing in Wit (Best Revival Production of 2010, L.A. Weekly). Most recently he portrayed C. S. Lewis in An Evening With C.S. Lewis, a one-man show he continues to perform. He also played Nat Miller in Ah, Wilderness!, for which he received a SAGE Award from ArtsInLA.com. Other Co-op roles include The Miracle Worker (Doctor/Anagnos), Philadelphia Story (Seth Lord), Days of Wine and Roses (Ellis Arnesen), The Learned Ladies (Ariste), A Christmas Carol (Old Clown/Music Director) and Freddy Wyatt Christmas Spectacular (Mervyn).
A native of Pasadena, CA, Phil has been playing piano since age 6. In junior high school he took up string bass, joined a folk group and performed at the Ice House in Pasadena at age 14. After years of playing in the school orchestra, he joined the drama class in high school because of a girl (how else?). That year he won Best Actor in The Typists at the All-Southern California Drama Festival. Other roles followed in college and with the Occidental Summer Theater Festival. The Imaginary Invalid (Dr. Purgon), Cox and Box (Cox), You Can't Take It With You (Martin Vanderhoff), The Mikado (Pooh-Bah), Our Town (Mr. Webb), Teahouse of the August Moon (McClean), Man of La Mancha (Cervantes/Quixote), Gianni Schicchi (Half-Wit), HMS Pinafore (The Captain). He also served as music director/conductor for Fiddler On The Roof, Oklahoma, Music Man, The Fantasticks, The Flying Scud, Pirates of Penzance, Tujunga Tanzi, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, A Christmas Carol and Stop The World I Want To Get Off.
After graduating from the University of Southern California School of Music (BM in Piano Performance, ’73; MM in Orchestral Conducting, ‘76) Phil taught at Biola University and the Dick Grove School of Music, served with Campus Crusade’s Music Ministry and as Interim Music Minister at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. He then began a career as a music producer: composing, conducting, arranging and contracting for projects and events in and around Los Angeles. He traveled to China twice in 1988 and 1990 as music director and performer with Fellowship of Artists for Cultural Exchange.
As a voiceover actor (his day job) he is the in-show announcer for the ABC hit series, Shark Tank, now in its 7th season. He has done thousands of commercials for radio and television, serving as spokesman for John Deere, Priceline, McDonalds, Mini Cooper, Verizon, 7/11, Jaguar, Pepsi, State Farm, Albertson’s, Chevron, Mercedes, Alpo, countless banks, hospitals and corporations. In the field of narration he has lent his voice to over a hundred episodes of E! True Hollywood Stories, and many other documentary series on Discovery Channel, Court TV, the Travel Channel, etc. He can be heard on the History Channel narrating Dogfights (a show about military air battles), Ancient Discoveries and The Nostradamus Effect. Film voiceover credits include Superstar and Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star. He does not do cartoon voices as a rule, but he is friends with Winnie the Pooh, Donatello, Krang, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Duck from Babe.
He composed the music for two stage musicals: Seeds based of the Parables of the Bible and Once in Murelio, a Lehmann Engel Musical Theater Workshop collaboration. In 2008 he finally appeared on camera in Seed For You, a 168 Hour Film Festival production and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
Phil is a former member of the Magic Castle and has recently retired from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses after 26 years, where he was often called upon to MC Tournament events. He loves cooking, conversation, philosophy and chess … and magic … and vicarious woodworking. He and his wife, Ann, have four children and live in La Canada Flintridge where he continues to practice piano (occasionally accompanying his daughters and working through several books of Oscar Peterson transcriptions).
Phil is represented by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.