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PHIL SILVERS BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Phil Silvers was born on May 11th, 1911 in New York City, New York and was the youngest child of eight children born to parents Saul and Sarah Silver.  
 
He first became involved in the entertainment industry when he was discovered by impresario Gus Edwards and was hired to perform as a singer in vaudeville when he was only thirteen years old.  Soon he was appearing in burlesque shows and then made his Broadway debut in the musical comedy "Yokel Boy"  in 1939.
 
Soon he traveled to Hollywood and began appearing in films.  His debut was in "Hit Parade" (1941) and he continued to work on films with such studios as MGM, Columbia and 20th Century Fox. 
 
Some of his film work included roles in "Lady Be Good" (1941) and "Coney Island"(1943).  When film roles were becoming less available to him he returned to working as a stage actor. 
 
Some of his better stage work was in productions such as "Top Banana" (1952) in which he won a Tony Award and he repeated the role in the film version in 1954.  He also appeared on stage in "Do-Re-Mi" (1961), "How The Other Half Loves" (1970) and "A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1971) which won another Tony Award. 
 
Soon Silvers moved to working as a television actor and became a huge hit on his self-titled "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955-1959).  He also took a chance at doing some film work overseas such as roles in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963), "40 Pounds of Trouble" (1962) and "Something's Got to Give" (1962) which was Marilyn Monroe's final film. 
 
As his career progressed into the 1960's, Silvers continued to work in the industry and made a number of television appearances on such series as "The Beverly Hillbillies", "The Carol Burnett Show", "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and "The Dean Martin Show".
 
In 1972 he suffered from a stroke which left his speech slurred but he did not let that stop him from working as an actor.   
 
Phil Silvers married twice, first to Jo-Carroll Dennison on March 2nd, 1945, and they were together for five years before divorcing. His second wife was Evelyn Patrick whom he married on October 21st, 1956 and they had five daughters together before divorcing in 1966.  He did not remarry and on November 1st, 1985 Silvers passed away in Century City, California from a heart attack and is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. 

 
Filmography

1983 CHiPs 
1981 Happy Days 
1980 Take Me Up to the Ball Game
1980 There Goes the Bride
1980 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood
1979 Goldie and the Boxer 
1979 Racquet 
1978 Fantasy Island
1978 The Cheap Detective 
1977 The Love Boat
1977 The Chicken Chronicles 
1977 The Night They Took Miss Beautiful 
1977 Charlie's Angels 
1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
1975 S.W.A.T.
1975 Get Christie Love! 
1975 The Strongest Man in the World 
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker
1972 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour
1971 Eddie 
1971 Julia
1969-1970 The Beverly Hillbillies 
1970 The Boatniks 
1969 The Bob Hope Show 
1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell 
1967 Carry on in the Legion 
1967 Spotlight 
1967 A Guide for the Married Man 
1967 Damn Yankees! 
1966 The Lucy Show
1966 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1966 Gilligan's Island
1963-1964 The New Phil Silvers Show 
1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World 
1962 40 Pounds of Trouble
1962 Something's Got to Give 
1960 The Slowest Gun in the West 
1959 The Ballad of Louie the Louse
1955-1959 The Phil Silvers Show 
1959 Keep in Step
1956 The Girl Can't Help It 
1954 Lucky Me 
1954 Top Banana 
1950 Summer Stock 
1948 The Arrow Show 
1948 Welcome Aboard 
1946 If I'm Lucky 
1945 A Thousand and One Nights
1945 Don Juan Quilligan 
1945 Diamond Horseshoe 
1944 Something for the Boys 
1944 Cover Girl 
1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
1943 A Lady Takes a Chance 
1943 Coney Island 
1942 Just Off Broadway 
1942 Footlight Serenade 
1942 My Gal Sal 
1942 Roxie Hart 
1941 You're in the Army Now
1941 All Through the Night 
1941 Lady Be Good
1941 Ice-Capades 
1941 Tom Dick and Harry 
1941 The Penalty
1941 The Wild Man of Borneo
1940 Hit Parade of 1941 
1940 Strike Up the Band 
1938 The Candid Kid
1937 Here's Your Hat
1937 Ups and Downs 





Matinee Classics - A Thousand and One Nights starring Cornel Wilde, Evelyn Keyes and Phil Silvers
Matinee Classics - Phil Silvers as Sgt. Ernie Bilko, with Elisabeth Fraser  in 1956
Matinee Classics - All Through the Night starring Humphrey Bogart, Kaaren Verne, Conrad Veidt,  Peter Lorre , Frank McHugh, Judith Anderson, William Demarest, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, Wallace Ford,  Barton MacLane, and James Burke
Matinee Classics - The Phil Silvers Show starring Phil Silvers as Sgt. Ernie Bilko
Matinee Classics - The Phil Silvers Show starring Phil Silvers as Sgt. Ernie Bilko
Matinee Classics - Something's Got to Give starring Marilyn Monroe, Cyd Charisse, Tom Tryon, Alexandra Heilweil, Robert Christopher Morley, Wally Cox, Phil Silvers, John McGiver, Grady Sutton and Eloise Hardt
Matinee Classics - Summer Stock starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Marjorie Main, Phil Silvers, Ray Collins, Nita Bieber, Carleton Carpenter and Hans Conried


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