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Phil Silvers (1911–1985)

Phil Silvers was born on May 11, 1911 in New York City, New York, USA as Philip Silver. He was an actor, known for The Phil Silvers Show (1955), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963). He was married to Evelyn Patrick and Jo-Carroll Dennison. He died on November 1, 1985 in Century City, ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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The Phil Silvers Show
The Phil Silvers Show MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko / Felix Bilko / Herbert Penfield III / Major Joshua Bilko
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 1983 CHiPs (TV Series)
Herman Hinton
- Hot Date (1983) ... Herman Hinton
 1981 Happy Days (TV Series)
Roscoe Piccalo
- Just a Piccalo (1981) ... Roscoe Piccalo
 1980 Take Me Up to the Ball Game (TV Movie)
Irwin (voice)
 1980 There Goes the Bride
 1979 Goldie and the Boxer (TV Movie)
 1979 Racquet
Arthur Sargent
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Charlie Parks
- Carnival/The Vaudevillians (1978) ... Charlie Parks
 1978 The Cheap Detective
 1977 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Merrill Stubing, Sr. / 'Stubby' / Morris Beckman
- The Captain's Captain/Romance Roulette/Hounded (A Dog's Life) (1977) ... Merrill Stubing, Sr. / 'Stubby'
 1977 The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (TV Movie)
Marv Barker
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Max Brown
- Angels on Ice (1977) ... Max Brown
 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Russ Baker
- Deadly Tide: Part 2 (1975) ... Russ Baker
- Deadly Tide: Part 1 (1975) ... Russ Baker
 1975 Get Christie Love! (TV Series)
Uncle Harry
- A Few Excess People (1975) ... Uncle Harry
 1975 The Strongest Man in the World
Kirwood Krinkle
 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Harry Starman
- Horror in the Heights (1974) ... Harry Starman
 1972 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series)
- Episode #7.24 (1972)
 1971 Eddie (TV Movie)
Eddie Skinner
 1971 Julia (TV Series)
Captain Biestoff
- Swing Low, Sweet Charity (1971) ... Captain Biestoff
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
 1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
Phil Newman
 1967 Spotlight (TV Series)
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Advisor (Realtor)
 1967 Damn Yankees! (TV Movie)
 1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Oliver Kasten
- Lucy and the Efficiency Expert (1966) ... Oliver Kasten
 1966 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
Harold Hecuba
- The Producer (1966) ... Harold Hecuba
 1963 General Foods Opening Night (TV Movie)
 1962 40 Pounds of Trouble
Bernie Friedman
 1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Phil Silvers
- The Phil Silvers Show (1962) ... Phil Silvers
 1960 Summer in New York (TV Movie)
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
Fletcher Bissell III, The Silver Dollar Kid
 1959 The Ballad of Louie the Louse (TV Movie)
 1959 Keep in Step (TV Movie)
Sgt Ernest G 'Ernie' Bilko / Himself
 1956 Saturday Spectacular: High Button Shoes (TV Movie)
Blue Sky Promoter
 1955 The New Recruits (TV Movie)
M / Sgt. Ernest G. Bilko
 1954 Lucky Me
Hap Schneider
 1954 Top Banana
Jerry Biffle
 1950 Summer Stock
Herb Blake
 1948 The Arrow Show (TV Series)
Host - Main Performer
- Episode dated 24 November 1948 (1948) ... Host - Main Performer
 1946 If I'm Lucky
Wallingham M. 'Wally' Jones
 1945 Don Juan Quilligan
 1945 Diamond Horseshoe
Blinkie Miller
 1944 Something for the Boys
Harry Hart
 1944 Take It or Leave It
Phil Silvers
 1944 Cover Girl
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
 1943 Coney Island
 1942 Just Off Broadway
Roy Higgins
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
1st Salesman at Santelli's (Fields sequence) (uncredited)
 1942 Footlight Serenade
 1942 My Gal Sal
 1942 Roxie Hart
 1942 All Through the Night
 1941 You're in the Army Now
Breezy Jones
 1941 Ice-Capades
Larry Herman
 1941 Tom, Dick and Harry
Ice Cream Vendor
 1941 The Penalty
 1941 The Wild Man of Borneo
 1940 Hit Parade of 1941
Charlie Moore
 1940 Strike Up the Band
Pitch Man (scenes deleted)
 1938 The Candid Kid (Short)
Phil Silvers
 1937 Here's Your Hat (Short)
 1937 Ups and Downs (Short)
 1931 Success (Short)
Antic fellow
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Other Works:

Print ad: Camel cigarettes (as Sgt. Bilko in The Phil Silvers Show (1955) tie-in). See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Sgt. Bilko


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

I'm an impatient comedian. And I feel the audience is as impatient as me.


Has won two Tony Awards as Best Actor (Musical): in 1952 for "Top Banana", a role that he recreated in the film version of the same name, Top Banana (1954), and in 1972 for a revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". He was also nominated in the same category in 1961 for "Do Re Mi". See more »


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