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Joseph C Phillips

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Years active  1985–present
Spouse  Nicole Phillips (m. 1994)
Role  Actor

Name  Joseph Phillips
Political party  Republican
Books  He Talk Like a White Boy
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Full Name  Joseph Connor Phillips
Born  January 17, 1962 (age 53) (1962-01-17) Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation  Actor, writer, commentator
Children  Connor Phillips, Samuel Phillips, Ellis Phillips
Education  University of the Pacific, New York University
Movies and TV shows  The Cosby Show, General Hospital, Strictly Business, Getting Played, Boogie Town
Similar People  Geoffrey Owens, Sabrina Le Beauf, Bill Cosby, Erika Alexander, Claire Labine

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Joseph Connor Phillips (born January 17, 1962) is an American actor, writer, and conservative Christian commentator. He is best known for his role as Martin Kendall on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and as Justus Ward on the soap opera General Hospital.


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From 1989 to 1991, Phillips portrayed U.S. Navy Lieutenant Martin Kendall on the popular NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show. He portrayed attorney Justus Ward on the ABC soap opera General Hospital from 1994 to 1998. Phillips was also a guest political commentator on News & Notes on most NPR radio stations between 2004 and 2009.

Education and associations

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Phillips is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He attended the University of the Pacific as a communications major, but later transferred to the acting conservatory at New York University where he graduated with a BFA in acting in 1983.

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Phillips is an ambassador for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. He has spoken extensively about the disease and its effect on the family. He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors Equity Association, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was National Co-Chair of the African American Steering committee for Bush Cheney '04, was named a member of the Republican National Committee's African American Advisory Board, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the state board of directors of the California African American Museum and was named a 2005 Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.

Conservative activism

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Phillips, a conservative Republican, is a television and radio commentator and writes a weekly syndicated column that promotes conservative views, such as traditional family values, limited government and a return to America's founding principles. He has been a critic of affirmative action and same-sex marriage in the United States. His book, He Talk Like a White Boy, reflects his thoughts in this regard.

Personal life

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Joseph Phillips' mother died when he was young. After this, he became close to the mother of Duane Evans, his cousin. Phillips is from Colorado. He and his wife Nicole have three sons, Connor, Ellis, and Samuel. In 2006, Phillips published an autobiography, He Talk Like A White Boy, which includes a foreword by Tavis Smiley. Phillips is a lover of cooking and Western films.


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