Phill Lewis

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Phill Lewis

Phill Lewis in 2007
Born(1968-09-04) September 4, 1968 (age 44)[1]
Uganda, East Africa[1]
OccupationActor, comedian, television director
Years active1986–present
 
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Phill Lewis

Phill Lewis in 2007
Born(1968-09-04) September 4, 1968 (age 44)[1]
Uganda, East Africa[1]
OccupationActor, comedian, television director
Years active1986–present

Phill Lewis (born September 4, 1968) is an American film and television actor, television 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. He also played T.C. on The Wayans Bros., Hooch on Scrubs (TV Series) and had a recurring role as Roy on Yes, Dear and has played small parts in more than a dozen films.

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Early life

Lewis is the son of former Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone executive and former U.S. Ambassador Delano Lewis.[2] He was born in Uganda, East Africa[3] during his father's stint as Peace Corps' associate director and country director for Nigeria and Uganda.[4]

Career

After appearing in guest roles on episodic television, Lewis's first big break was being 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, and Scrubs.

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 in 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 and Jessie starring his former Suite Life on Deck co-star Debby Ryan.

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

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 of 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."

According to the February 8, 1993 issue of Jet Magazine:

Lewis was sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter with a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated, but a Maryland judge suspended all but one year of the sentence. Montgomery County, Md., Circuit Court Judge William Miller said he suspended most of the sentence because of [Lewis's] excellent behavior since the car accident, which killed Isabel Duarte, 21, of Bethesda, Md. Lewis [subsequently] ... worked with a prison-based theater group ... aimed at making audiences aware of the tragedy of drug abuse at schools, churches and jails. Lewis ... was also given two years supervised probation and ordered to perform 350 hours of community service.[5][6]

Selected filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986227KenEpisode: "Come Into My Parlor"
1987AmenMarvinEpisode: "Deacon on the Line"
1988HeathersDennis
1989How I Got Into CollegeEarnest Boy
1990Charles in ChargeBernieEpisode: "Buddy Flips a Disc"
1991City SlickersDr. Steven Jessup
1991Brother FutureT.J.
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
2005Kicking & ScreamingJohn Ryan
2005-2009ScrubsHooch5 episodes
2005-2008The Suite Life of Zack & CodyMarion Moseby87 episodes
2005-2010American Dad!Duper (voice)3 episodes
2006That's So RavenMarion MosebyEpisode: "Checkin' Out"
2007How I Met Your MotherLoan OfficerEpisode: "Dowisetrepla"
2008-2011The Suite Life on DeckMarion Moseby64 episodes
2009Special Agent OsoSpecial Agent Wolfie (voice)18 episodes
2009DadnappedMauriceDisney Channel Original Movie
2010The Big CPool man2 episodes
2010Phineas and FerbHawaiian hotel managerEpisode 100: "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation"
2011The Suite Life MovieMarion MosebyTelevision movie
2011Good Luck CharlieFather on TV, voice (uncredited)Episode: Bye Bye Video Diary

References

  1. ^ a b Phill Lewis Biography (1968—)
  2. ^ Phill Lewis; D.C. Actor Has the Lead In CBS's Teech  The Washington Post  HighBeam Research
  3. ^ Photos, Bio and News for Phill Lewis. TVGuide.com.
  4. ^ Peace Corps Online Delano E. Lewis, country director for the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda from 1966 to 1969.
  5. ^ Jet Magazine, February 8, 1993
  6. ^ 'Teech' star convicted of vehicular manslaughter  Entertainment News, TV News, Media  Variety

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