Phill Lewis

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Phill Lewis
Phill Lewis 2007.jpg
Lewis signing autographs during the filming of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody in 2007
BornPhillip Lewis
(1968-09-04) September 4, 1968 (age 45)
Uganda, East Africa
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityAfrican-American
OccupationActor, comedian, television director
Years active1986–present
Parents
 
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Not to be confused with Phil Lewis.
Phill Lewis
Phill Lewis 2007.jpg
Lewis signing autographs during the filming of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody in 2007
BornPhillip Lewis
(1968-09-04) September 4, 1968 (age 45)
Uganda, East Africa
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityAfrican-American
OccupationActor, comedian, television director
Years active1986–present
Parents

Phillip "Phill" Lewis (born September 4, 1968) is an African-American actor, director, and comedian, often seen in comedic roles. He is best known for his role as Mr. Moseby on Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its spin-off, The Suite Life on Deck. Lewis also played T.C. on The Wayans Bros., Hooch on Scrubs, and had a recurring role as Roy on Yes, Dear and has played small parts in more than a dozen films. He also appeared in episodes of Lizzie McGuire, as Principal Tweedy and in Friends as Chandler's boss.

Lewis is the son of former United States Ambassador to South Africa and President of NPR Delano Lewis.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lewis was born Phillip Lewis in Uganda, East Africa[2] on September 4, 1968.[2]

Career[edit]

Lewis was cast in the title role of the short-lived 1991 situation comedy, Teech. The show was cancelled after only four episodes. He appeared in guest parts on various television series including Pacific Blue, JAG, Ally McBeal, Joan of Arcadia, Brothers & Sisters, 8 Simple Rules, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Friends and How I Met Your Mother. Lewis has also had recurring roles on A Different World, The Wayans Bros., Lizzie McGuire, Yes, Dear, Scrubs, and Raising Hope.

Lewis co-starred in the Disney Channel original series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Mr. Moseby. Since 2008, he has reprised the role on a spin-off The Suite Life on Deck, where he plays the manager of The S.S. Tipton. He has appeared as a guest star on Disney Channel's That's So Raven and Phineas and Ferb and also in one of the channel's original films, Dadnapped. On the children's show Special Agent Oso he has a recurring role as the voice of Agent Wolfie.

As a television director, he directed several episodes of The Suite Life on Deck, first making his directorial debut with the The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episode "I Want My Mummy" (2007). He has since gone on to direct episodes of the Disney Channel sitcoms A.N.T. Farm, Austin & Ally, Good Luck Charlie, Kickin' It and Jessie starring his former Suite Life on Deck co-star Debby Ryan. His other television directing credits include Malibu Country, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Soul Man, Sullivan & Son and Melissa & Joey.

In addition to his television work, Lewis has appeared in several films. He made his film debut as Dennis in the 1989 dark comedy Heathers. He has appeared in smaller roles in more than a dozen films, including City Slickers (1991), Bowfinger (1999), I Spy (2002), Surviving Christmas (2004), Kicking & Screaming (2005), and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (2011).

Personal life[edit]

Lewis is the son of former Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone executive and former U.S. Ambassador Delano Lewis.[3] He was born in Uganda, East Africa[4] during his father's stint as Peace Corps' associate director and country director for Nigeria and Uganda.[5]

1991 car crash[edit]

In late December 1991, Lewis was arrested after a car he was driving collided head on with another car driven by 21-year-old Isabel Duarte in the Washington, D.C. suburb Potomac, Maryland. Lewis crossed the center line in his 1985 Buick Century and hit Duarte's Honda CRX head-on. Duarte, a resident of nearby Bethesda, Maryland, would eventually die from her injuries. Lewis was charged with drunk driving. He apologized, saying "I am extremely and sincerely sorry for my disorderly actions."[6][7]

Lewis was convicted of manslaughter with a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated and sentenced by Montgomery County, Maryland Circuit Court Judge William Millerto to five years in prison, two years of probation and 350 hours of community service. However, Judge Miller suspended four years of the prison term, citing Lewis's work after his arrest with a prison-based theater troupe which performed in jails, schools and churches to highlight the consequences of drug abuse.[6][7] After these legal troubles, Lewis resumed his acting career, appearing mostly in supporting roles on situation comedies.

Selected filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986227DenisEpisode: "Come Into Parlor"
1987AmenMarvinEpisode: "Deacon on the Line"
1988HeathersDennis
1989How I Got Into CollegeHerman
1990Charles in ChargeBernieEpisode: "Buddy Flips a Disc"
1991City SlickersDr. Steven Jessup
1991Brother FutureTJ
1992Aces: Iron Eagle IIITee VeeAlternative title: Iron Eagle III
1995Sister, SisterEdEpisode: "Field Trip"
1995–1998The Wayans Bros.T.C.19 episodes
1996Married... with ChildrenGeorgeEpisode: "Enemies"
1997–1998SparksDetective Floyd Pitts3 episodes
1998Buffy the Vampire SlayerMr. PlattEpisode: "Beauty and the Beasts"
1999BowfingerActor at Audition
2000What Planet Are You From?Other MD
2001–2002Lizzie McGuirePrincipal Tweedy3 episodes
2001–2006Yes, DearRoy10 episodes
2002I SpyJerry
2003FriendsSteve3 episodes
2004Elvis Has Left the BuildingCharlie
2004Surviving ChristmasLevine the Lawyer
2005Kicking & ScreamingJohn Ryan
2005–2009ScrubsHooch5 episodes
2005–2008The Suite Life of Zack & CodyMarion MosebyMain role; Disney Channel Original Series; 87 episodes
2005–2010American Dad!Duper (voice)3 episodes
2006That's So RavenMarion MosebyEpisode: "Checkin' Out"
2007How I Met Your MotherLoan OfficerEpisode: "Dowisetrepla"
2007Brothers & SistersDr. Peter EdwardsEpisode: "An American Family"
2008–2011The Suite Life on DeckMarion MosebyMain role; Disney Channel Original Series; 64 episodes
2009Special Agent OsoSpecial Agent Wolfie (voice)18 episodes
2009Wizards of Waverly PlaceMarion MosebyEpisode: "Cast Away (to another show)
2009Hannah MontanaMarion MosebyEpisode: Super(sticious) Girl
2009DadnappedMauriceDisney Channel Original Movie
2010The Big CPool man2 episodes
2010Phineas and FerbHawaiian hotel managerEpisode 100: "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation"
2011Raising HopeDonovan2 episodes
2011The Suite Life MovieMarion MosebyTelevision movie
2011Good Luck CharlieFather on TV, voice (uncredited)Episode: Bye Bye Video Diary
2011Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2Mr. McKibbleTelevision Movie
2014Wish I Was HereTBAFilming

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berg, Jeff (February 2007). "Ambassador at Large". Desert Exposure (Silver City, New Mexico: Continental Divide Publishing). Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Phill Lewis Biography (1968—). Accessed 2012-12-12.
  3. ^ Phill Lewis; D.C. Actor Has the Lead In CBS's Teech  The Washington Post  HighBeam Research. Accessed 2012-12-12.
  4. ^ Photos, Bio and News for Phill Lewis. TVGuide.com. Accessed 2012-12-12.
  5. ^ Peace Corps Online Delano E. Lewis, country director for the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda from 1966 to 1969. Accessed 2012-12-12.
  6. ^ a b Jet Magazine, February 8, 1993
  7. ^ a b 'Teech' star convicted of vehicular manslaughter  Entertainment News, TV News, Media  Variety Accessed 2012-12-12.

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