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Phillip Edward Van Lear

Phillip Edward Van Lear is an actor, known for Southside with You (2016), Prison Break (2005) and Meet the Browns (2008). See full bio »
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Southside with You
Southside with You Fraser Robinson III
Prison Break
Prison Break Louis Patterson / C.O. #2
Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns Michael, Sr.
Chicago Cab
Chicago Cab Father-to-Be


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 2016 Animator (post-production)
  Heartlock (post-production)
Gerald Sharpe
 2017 The Crash
Colonel Ryan
 2016/V Mute (Short)
 2016 Southside with You
Fraser Robinson III (as Phil Ed Van Lear)
 2015 Empire (TV Series)
Dr. Kippelman
- A High Hope for a Low Heaven (2015) ... Dr. Kippelman
 2015 Chicago Fire (TV Series)
Agent Conway
- A Taste of Panama City (2015) ... Agent Conway
- Let It Burn (2015) ... Agent Conway
 2015 Before the Border
Phillip Sanders
 2014 Greetings! From Prison (TV Series)
Warden Belding
- ¡Rey De Travesura! ... Warden Belding
- A Collar of a Different Color ... Warden Belding
- Racism Is Terminal ... Warden Belding
 2014 Madman or Martyr
 2014 Crisis (TV Series)
Senator Mason Yarrow
- We Were Supposed to Help Each Other (2014) ... Senator Mason Yarrow (as Phillip Van Lear)
 2014 Once We Were Slaves (Short)
Roman Guard
 2014 My Dog the Space Traveler
 2013 After Effect
 2009 The Beast (TV Series)
- Two Choices (2009) ... Martin (as Phillip Edward Vanlear)
 2008 Leverage (TV Series)
FBI Special Agent Higgins
- The Nigerian Job (2008) ... FBI Special Agent Higgins (as Philip Vanlear)
 2008 The Express
NAACP Member (as Phillip Vanlear)
 2008 Meet the Browns
Michael, Sr. (as Phillip Van Lear)
 2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Mr. Diggs (as Phillip Edward VanLear)
 2003 Soap and Roses (Short)
Raymond Oliver
 2001 The Rest of Your Life
 1999 Turks (TV Series)
Det. Burnett
 1997 Night of the Lawyers
TV Anchorman
 1997 Chicago Cab
Father-to-Be (as Phillip Van Lear)
 1997 Early Edition (TV Series)
- Mob Wife (1997) ... Rojas
 1996 EZ Streets (TV Series)
- Pilot (1996) ... Neville
 1996 A Family Thing
Club Manager
 1993 Missing Persons (TV Series)
- Sometimes You Can't Help Getting Involved... (1993) ... Pat (as Phillip Van Lear)
 1993 Thieves Quartet
Jimmy Fuqua
 1992 Angel Street (TV Movie)

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Other Works:

He directed Ronald Harwood's play, "Home," at the Chicago Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Alternate Names:

Phil Ed Van Lear | Phillip Van Lear | Phillip Edward VanLear | Philip Vanlear | Phillip Edward Vanlear | Phillip Vanlear

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He was nominated for a 1996 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Play for "Home" at the Chicago Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.

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