He acted in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's musical, "The King and I," at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in New York City with Donna Murphy in the cast. Christopher Renshaw was director. Jerome Robbins was choreographer.
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[on being a working actor] I play poker with some guys, like [Charles Durning
], and they say, "Are ya working?" They ask that - and they don't care what it is - you're just fortunate to be a working actor in Hollywood. With every new job I get, I feel the same way. I have that same excitement. I have that same gratitude for being asked to the dance.
In May 2011 Phillips accepted the GI Spirit Award from Brandon Millet and Laura Law-Millet, who are founders of the the GI Film Festival. The award is presented to actors embodying "the spirit of an American GI in their creative and philanthropic work." Prior recipients of the award include Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Karri Turner and Rich Schroder.