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.
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
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 Get Christie Love!
1975 The Strongest Man in the World
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker
1972 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour
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 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 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