Joseph C. Phillips

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Joseph C. Phillips
BornJoseph Connor Phillips
(1962-01-17) January 17, 1962 (age 52)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Spouse(s)Nicole Phillips (1994-present)
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Joseph C. Phillips
BornJoseph Connor Phillips
(1962-01-17) January 17, 1962 (age 52)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Spouse(s)Nicole Phillips (1994-present)

Joseph Connor Phillips (born January 17, 1962 in Denver, Colorado) is an American actor and conservative Christian commentator and writer. He is best known for his role as Martin Kendall on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and as Justus Ward on the soap opera General Hospital.

Personal life[edit]

Joseph Phillips' mother died when he was young. After his own mother died, he became close to his cousin's, Duane Evans, mother. He is from Colorado. He and his wife Nicole have three sons, Connor, Ellis, and Samuel.


From 1989 to 1991, Phillips portrayed U.S. Navy Lieutenant Martin Kendall on the popular NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show. Additionally, he portrayed attorney Justus Ward on the ABC soap opera General Hospital from 1994 to 1998. Phillips was also a guest political commentator on News & Notes on most NPR radio stations between 2004 and 2009. In 2006, Phillips published an autobiography, He Talk Like A White Boy, which includes a foreword by Tavis Smiley.

Education and associations[edit]

Phillips is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He attended the University of the Pacific as a communications major, but later transferred to the acting conservatory at New York University where he graduated with a BFA in acting in 1983.

Phillips is an ambassador for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. He has spoken extensively about the disease and its effect on the family.[1] He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors Equity Association, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was National Co-Chair of the African American Steering committee for Bush Cheney '04, was named a member of the Republican National Committee's African American Advisory Board, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the state board of directors of the California African American Museum and was named a 2005 Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.

Conservative activism[edit]

Phillips, a conservative Republican, is a television and radio commentator and writes a weekly syndicated column that promotes conservative views, such as traditional family values, limited government and a return to America's founding principles. He has been a critic of affirmative action and redefining marriage to include same sex couples.[2]


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1991Strictly BusinessWaymon Tinsdale III
1998A Fare to Remember
Let's Talk About SexMichael
2005Getting PlayedRobert Mitchellson
Boogie TownChief Salsbury
1985, 1989–1992The Cosby ShowDaryl
Lt. Martin Kendall
21 episodes
1989A Raisin in the SunGeorge MurchisonTV-Movie
A Man Called HawkMatt JohnsonEpisode: Poison
A Different WorldLt. Martin KendallEpisode: Forever Hold Your Peace
1993Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the '90s
1994–1998General HospitalJustus Ward
1995MartinDerrickEpisode: The Ex-Files
1996Living SingleJeremy Mills IVEpisode: Not So Silent Partner
1997The Larry Sanders ShowJamesEpisode: The Book
1999Any Day NowMark SanbornEpisode: Family Is Family
2000Midnight BlueLuke JordanTV-Movie
Perfect Murder, Perfect TownDet. McKinleyTV-Movie
Alternative title: Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder
City of AngelsMartinEpisode: To Have or Halve Not
PopularHarrison's DoctorEpisode: Ur-ine Trouble
2001The ParkersRev. Reggie WrightEpisode: Mama, I Want to Sing
The King of QueensBillEpisode: Separation Anxiety
Judging AmyLowry's Attorney'Episode': Look Closer
V.I.P.GeigerEpisode: Kayus Ex Machina
2002–2003The DistrictMayor Morgan Douglas7 episodes
2004, 2005Las VegasLangleyEpisode: Blood Is Thicker
Episode: Centennial
2005Jack & BobbyCoach BraxtonEpisode: Friends with Benefits
2005–2006Without a TraceMarcus Johnson4 episodes
2006VanishedJ.T. Morse9 episodes
2007Ghost WhispererRichard VahnEpisode: No Safe Place
2008The Young and the RestlessAgent Jed Paulson3 episodes
BonesCol. Ryan WolchuckEpisode: The Con Man in the Meth Lab
2009CastleMayorEpisode: Home Is Where the Heart Stops
Episode: Ghosts
2010The Secret Life of the American TeenagerDonnieEpisode: Loved and Lost
The MentalistAlan KneeEpisode: Blood In, Blood Out
The EventSecurity Guard2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

NAACP Image Awards

See also[edit]

Portal icon Conservatism portal


External links[edit]