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Ethan Phillips
Ethan Phillips Born on 08 Feb 1955
Last modified 25 Sep 2007
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Biography
Ethan Phillips stars as the Talaxian Neelix, a member of an alien race indigenous to the Delta Quadrant on Star Trek: Voyager. Neelix is a charming yet scraggly scavenger who acts as the ship's mess officer and budding ambassador. Phillips said about his character, "Neelix is a loner and a lover. He's manipulative and brave, emotional and silly. You might say he's an alien of many colors... an eccentric oddball who never ceases to amaze me."

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Phillips grew up as the only boy of six children. He received a Jesuit education in New York, and attended Boston University where he graduated with a degree in English Literature. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree at Cornell University.

Phillips began his acting career in the theater, appearing in such Broadway and off-Broadway productions as "My Favorite Year" at Lincoln Center, "Measure for Measure" at the Delacorte, "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" at the Lucille Lortel, and "Modigliani" at the Astor Place. Phillips was in new productions for Playwrights Horizons, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Hudson Guild Theater and others, and has played leading roles for many of the major regional theaters around the country.

While he may have "cut his acting teeth" on stage, Phillips is perhaps best known for his extensive television work. Audiences will most likely remember him for his five seasons as Pete Downey, the governor's press aide on the hit television sitcom "Benson (1979)" (co-starring with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Rene Auberjonois. In addition, he had a recurring role in the nighttime drama "Werewolf (1987)", and has guest-starred on numerous shows including "NYPD Blue (1993)", "L.A. Law (1986)", "Murphy Brown (1988)", "Chicago Hope (1994)", "Law & Order (1990)", and the historical drama about the Apollo program, "From the Earth to the Moon (1998)". Phillips also appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the Ferengi Dr. Farek in the episode "Ménage à Troi".

But Phillips is no stranger to feature films either. Star Trek fans recognized him in human form as a holographic nightclub maitre d' in "Star Trek: First Contact (1996)". He starred in the Tim Allen film "For Richer or Poorer (1997)", and appeared in the movie "Jeffrey (1995)" as a sexaholic attending a 12-step group meeting. In addition, Ethan can be seen in the movies "The Shadow (1994)", "Wagons East (1994)", "The Man Without a Face (1993)", "Green Card (1990)", "Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)", "Glory (1989)", and "Lean on Me (1989)", among others.

Besides acting in stage, television and movie projects, Ethan is also a playwright and an author. His original play, "Penguin Blues", was published by the Samuel French company and has been produced more than 150 times throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 1999, his "Star Trek Cookbook" - featuring Neelix on the cover - was published by Pocket Books. Ethan co-authored this book with William J. Birnes.

Ethan lives with his wife, Patricia Cresswell, and their West Highland terrier, Frank, in Los Angeles. In his spare time he is a devoted backpacker and rock climber, and fancies himself an amateur ornithologist and botanist. He dreams of someday hiking the Appalachian Trail from end to end.
Home Page http://www.ethanphillips.com
Sci-Fi TV filmography:
Role Series Episode
Doctor Farek ST:TNG 3.24: Ménage à Troi
Neelix ST:VOY 1.1: Caretaker I
Neelix ST:VOY 1.2: Caretaker II
Neelix ST:VOY 1.3: Parallax
Neelix ST:VOY 1.4: Time and Again
Neelix ST:VOY 1.5: Phage
Neelix ST:VOY 1.6: The Cloud
Neelix ST:VOY 1.7: Eye of the Needle
Neelix ST:VOY 1.8: Ex Post Facto
Neelix ST:VOY 1.9: Emanations
Neelix ST:VOY 1.10: Prime Factors
Neelix ST:VOY 1.11: State of Flux
Neelix ST:VOY 1.12: Heroes and Demons
Neelix ST:VOY 1.13: Cathexis
Neelix ST:VOY 1.14: Faces
Neelix ST:VOY 1.15: Jetrel
Neelix ST:VOY 1.16: Learning Curve
Neelix ST:VOY 1.17: Projections
Neelix ST:VOY 1.18: Elogium
Neelix ST:VOY 1.19: Twisted
Neelix ST:VOY 1.20: The 37's
Neelix ST:VOY 2.1: Initiations
Neelix ST:VOY 2.2: Non Sequitur
Neelix ST:VOY 2.3: Parturition
Neelix ST:VOY 2.4: Persistence of Vision
Neelix ST:VOY 2.5: Tattoo
Neelix ST:VOY 2.6: Cold Fire
Neelix ST:VOY 2.7: Maneuvers
Neelix ST:VOY 2.8: Resistance
Neelix ST:VOY 2.9: Prototype
Neelix ST:VOY 2.10: Alliances
Neelix ST:VOY 2.11: Threshold
Neelix ST:VOY 2.12: Meld
Neelix ST:VOY 2.13: Dreadnought
Neelix ST:VOY 2.14: Death Wish
Neelix ST:VOY 2.15: Lifesigns
Neelix ST:VOY 2.16: Investigations
Neelix ST:VOY 2.17: Deadlock
Neelix ST:VOY 2.18: Innocence
Neelix ST:VOY 2.19: The Thaw
Neelix ST:VOY 2.20: Tuvix
Neelix ST:VOY 2.21: Resolutions
Neelix ST:VOY 2.22: Basics I
Neelix ST:VOY 3.1: Basics II
Neelix ST:VOY 3.2: Flashback
Neelix ST:VOY 3.3: The Chute
Neelix ST:VOY 3.4: The Swarm
Neelix ST:VOY 3.5: False Profits
Neelix ST:VOY 3.6: Remember
Neelix ST:VOY 3.7: Sacred Ground
Neelix ST:VOY 3.8: Future's End I
Neelix ST:VOY 3.9: Future's End II
Neelix ST:VOY 3.10: Warlord
Neelix ST:VOY 3.11: The Q and the Grey
Neelix ST:VOY 3.12: Macrocosm
Neelix ST:VOY 3.13: Fair Trade
Neelix ST:VOY 3.14: Alter Ego
Neelix ST:VOY 3.15: Coda
Neelix ST:VOY 3.16: Blood Fever
Neelix ST:VOY 3.17: Unity
Neelix ST:VOY 3.18: Darkling
Neelix ST:VOY 3.19: Rise
Neelix ST:VOY 3.20: Favorite Son
Neelix ST:VOY 3.21: Before and After
Neelix ST:VOY 3.22: Real Life
Neelix ST:VOY 3.23: Distant Origin
Neelix ST:VOY 3.24: Displaced
Neelix ST:VOY 3.25: Worst Case Scenario
Neelix ST:VOY 3.26: Scorpion I
Neelix ST:VOY 4.1: Scorpion II
Neelix ST:VOY 4.2: The Gift
Neelix ST:VOY 4.3: Day of Honor
Neelix ST:VOY 4.4: Nemesis
Neelix ST:VOY 4.5: Revulsion
Neelix ST:VOY 4.6: The Raven
Neelix ST:VOY 4.7: Scientific Method
Neelix ST:VOY 4.8: Year of Hell I
Neelix ST:VOY 4.9: Year of Hell II
Neelix ST:VOY 4.10: Random Thoughts
Neelix ST:VOY 4.11: Concerning Flight
Neelix ST:VOY 4.12: Mortal Coil
Neelix ST:VOY 4.13: Waking Moments
Neelix ST:VOY 4.14: Message in a Bottle
Neelix ST:VOY 4.15: Hunters
Neelix ST:VOY 4.16: Prey
Neelix ST:VOY 4.17: Retrospect
Neelix ST:VOY 4.18: The Killing Game I
Neelix ST:VOY 4.19: The Killing Game II
Neelix ST:VOY 4.20: Vis a Vis
Neelix ST:VOY 4.21: The Omega Directive
Neelix ST:VOY 4.22: Unforgettable
Neelix ST:VOY 4.23: Living Witness
Neelix ST:VOY 4.24: Demon
Neelix ST:VOY 4.25: One
Neelix ST:VOY 4.26: Hope and Fear
Neelix ST:VOY 5.1: Night
Neelix ST:VOY 5.2: Drone
Neelix ST:VOY 5.3: Extreme Risk
Neelix ST:VOY 5.4: In the Flesh
Neelix ST:VOY 5.5: Once Upon a Time
Neelix ST:VOY 5.6: Timeless
Neelix ST:VOY 5.7: Infinite Regress
Neelix ST:VOY 5.8: Nothing Human
Neelix ST:VOY 5.9: Thirty Days
Neelix ST:VOY 5.10: Counterpoint
Neelix ST:VOY 5.11: Latent Image
Neelix ST:VOY 5.12: Bride of Chaotica!
Neelix ST:VOY 5.13: Gravity
Neelix ST:VOY 5.14: Bliss
Neelix ST:VOY 5.15: Dark Frontier I
Neelix ST:VOY 5.16: Dark Frontier II
Neelix ST:VOY 5.17: The Disease
Neelix ST:VOY 5.18: Course: Oblivion
Neelix ST:VOY 5.19: The Fight
Neelix ST:VOY 5.20: Think Tank
Neelix ST:VOY 5.21: Juggernaut
Neelix ST:VOY 5.22: Someone to Watch Over Me
Neelix ST:VOY 5.23: 11:59
Neelix ST:VOY 5.24: Relativity
Neelix ST:VOY 5.25: Warhead
Neelix ST:VOY 5.26: Equinox I
Neelix ST:VOY 6.1: Equinox II
Neelix ST:VOY 6.2: Survival Instinct
Neelix ST:VOY 6.3: Barge of the Dead
Neelix ST:VOY 6.4: Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
Neelix ST:VOY 6.5: Alice
Neelix ST:VOY 6.6: Riddles
Neelix ST:VOY 6.7: Dragon's Teeth
Neelix ST:VOY 6.8: One Small Step
Neelix ST:VOY 6.9: The Voyager Conspiracy
Neelix ST:VOY 6.10: Pathfinder
Neelix ST:VOY 6.11: Fair Haven
Neelix ST:VOY 6.12: Blink of an Eye
Neelix ST:VOY 6.13: Virtuoso
Neelix ST:VOY 6.14: Memorial
Neelix ST:VOY 6.15: Tsunkatse
Neelix ST:VOY 6.16: Collective
Neelix ST:VOY 6.17: Spirit Folk
Neelix ST:VOY 6.18: Ashes to Ashes
Neelix ST:VOY 6.19: Child's Play
Neelix ST:VOY 6.20: Good Shepherd
Neelix ST:VOY 6.21: Live Fast and Prosper
Neelix ST:VOY 6.22: Muse
Neelix ST:VOY 6.23: Fury
Neelix ST:VOY 6.24: Life Line
Neelix ST:VOY 6.25: The Haunting of Deck Twelve
Neelix ST:VOY 6.26: Unimatrix Zero I
Neelix ST:VOY 7.1: Unimatrix Zero II
Neelix ST:VOY 7.2: Imperfection
Neelix ST:VOY 7.3: Drive
Neelix ST:VOY 7.4: Repression
Neelix ST:VOY 7.5: Critical Care
Neelix ST:VOY 7.6: Inside Man
Neelix ST:VOY 7.7: Body and Soul
Neelix ST:VOY 7.8: Nightingale
Neelix ST:VOY 7.9: Flesh and Blood I
Neelix ST:VOY 7.10: Flesh and Blood II
Neelix ST:VOY 7.11: Shattered
Neelix ST:VOY 7.12: Lineage
Neelix ST:VOY 7.13: Repentance
Neelix ST:VOY 7.14: Prophecy
Neelix ST:VOY 7.15: The Void
Neelix ST:VOY 7.16: Workforce I
Neelix ST:VOY 7.17: Workforce II
Neelix ST:VOY 7.18: Human Error
Neelix ST:VOY 7.19: Q2
Neelix ST:VOY 7.20: Author, Author
Neelix ST:VOY 7.21: Friendship One
Neelix ST:VOY 7.22: Natural Law
Neelix ST:VOY 7.23: Homestead
Ulis ST:ENT 1.19: Acquisition