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      Philip Ober

      Philip Ober

      Highest Rated: 97% North by Northwest (1959)

      Lowest Rated: 67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

      Birthday: Mar 23, 1902

      Birthplace: Fort Payne, Alabama, USA

      A stage and screen actor of stern voice and buttoned-up appearance, Philip Ober was often cast to embody authority and stringency -- sometimes in chaotic surroundings. After giving up an early career in magazine advertising, Ober became a regular on the Broadway stage of the 30s and 40s, before transferring to film and television in the 1950s. He appeared in some of America's best-loved television comedies, including "I Love Lucy" -- in which his second wife, Vivian Vance, had a recurring role -- and "I Dream of Jeannie." Film buffs, however, will likely recall Ober best for small but key roles in a couple of classics. In Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," he appears as the ill-fated Lester Townsend, while in Fred Zinnemann's "From Here to Eternity," he played the nasty army captain whose wife falls so stormily for Burt Lancaster's burly sergeant. Ober appeared with Lancaster again in "Elmer Gantry," in 1960. After divorcing Vivian Vance -- to whom he had a turbulent and reputedly violent marriage -- Ober wed Jane Westover. Upon retiring from acting, he entered the US diplomatic service. He was working at the US consulate in Mexico City at the time of his death from a heart attack in 1982.

      Highest rated movies

      97% North by Northwest
      94% Elmer Gantry
      88% From Here to Eternity
      86% Broken Lance
      78% Come Back, Little Sheba
      67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

      Photos

      THE SECRET FURY, foreground: Elizabeth Risdon, Philip Ober, Robert Ryan, Claudette Colbert, 1950 COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA, from left: Philip Ober, Burt Lancaster, Edwin Max, 1952 THE SECRET FURY, Philip Ober, Claudette Colbert, 1950 NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Cary Grant, Philip Ober, 1959. THE SECRET FURY, Jane Cowl, Robert Ryan, Claudette Colbert, Philip Ober, 1950 THE SECRET FURY, Robert Ryan, Philip Ober, Jane Cowl (back), 1950 THE SECRET FURY, Philip Ober, Paul Kelly, Claudette Colbert, 1950 BROKEN LANCE, Philip Ober, Spencer Tracy, Russell Simpson, 1954, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved NEVER A DULL MOMENT, Irene Dunne, Philip Ober, 1950 FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, Philip Ober, Burt Lancaster, 1953. NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Cary Grant, Philip Ober, 1959. THE BRASS BOTTLE, Philip Ober, Tony Randall, 1964 TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR, Leslie Nielsen, Debbie Reynolds, Sidney Blackmer, Mildred Natwick, Fay Wray, Philp Ober, Mala Powers, 1957 NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Cary Grant, Philip Ober, 1959.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      67% 75% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken Nicholas Simmons (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Go Naked in the World Josh Kebner (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 56% The Crimebusters Herman Hauzner (Character) - 1961
      94% 87% Elmer Gantry Rev. Planck (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 61% The Facts of Life Doc Mason (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 60% Let No Man Write My Epitaph Grant Holloway (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 55% Beloved Infidel John Wheeler (Character) - 1959
      97% 94% North by Northwest Lester Townsend (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 54% The Mating Game Wendell Burnshaw (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 49% Torpedo Run Adm. Samuel Setton (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Cost of Loving Herb Zorn (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 83% Tammy and the Bachelor Alfred Bissle (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 25% Escapade in Japan Lt. Col. Hargrave (Character) - 1957
      86% 62% Broken Lance Van Cleve (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 33% The Clown Ralph Z. Henderson (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girls of Pleasure Island Col. Reade (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scandal at Scourie B.G. Belney (Character) - 1953
      88% 84% From Here to Eternity Capt. Dana Holmes (Character) - 1953
      78% 81% Come Back, Little Sheba Ed Anderson (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 57% Washington Story Philip Nunnally (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 29% Never a Dull Moment Jed (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 11% Chloe, Love Is Calling You Jim (Character) - 1934

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Mr. Howard (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1965
      No Score Yet 54% I Dream of Jeannie General Wingard Stone (Guest Star) 1965
      83% 91% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Page (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Harvey Farrell (Character),
      Albert Keller (Guest Star)
      1958 1960-1961 1964
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Mr. Henderson (Character) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grindl Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1962
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Wilton Stark (Character) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Gen. Silas Guild (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Star and the Story Unknown (Character) 1955
      No Score Yet 97% I Love Lucy Arnold - The First Husband (Guest Star) 1951 1955