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Phil Silvers is a Actor American born on 11 may 1911 at New York City (USA)

Phil Silvers

Phil Silvers
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Birth name Philip Silver
Nationality USA
Birth 11 may 1911 at New York City (USA)
Death 1 november 1985 (at 74 years) at California (USA)

Phil Silvers (May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985) was an American entertainer and comedy actor, known as "The King of Chutzpah." He is best known for starring in The Phil Silvers Show, a 1950s sitcom set on a U.S. Army post in which he played Master Sergeant Ernest (Ernie) Bilko.


Phil Silvers was married twice, to Evelyn Patrick and to Jo-Carroll Dennison. Both of his marriages ended in divorce. He had five daughters — Candace, Cathy, Laurie, Nancey, and Tracey Edythe — all by his second wife.

Like his alter-ego Ernie Bilko, Silvers was a compulsive gambler and suffered from depression on and off over the years. He suffered a severe mental breakdown while performing in Spain in 1962. While staying in Reno, Nevada, in the 1950s, he would often gamble all night. On one occasion, at the tiny Cal-Neva Lodge in nearby Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Silvers spent an entire night playing craps until he lost all his money, and then went through $1,000 in credit. A taxi was called to return him to Reno. It was "[o]ne of the worst nights of my life', Silvers told the driver, adding, "Don't wait for any lights and don't wait for any tip . . . I left it at the Cal-Neva!"

His memoirs are titled This Laugh Is On Me.

Best films

Lady Be Good (1941)
Cover Girl (1944)

Usually with

Betty Grable
Betty Grable
(6 films)
Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
(4 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(5 films)
Melvin Frank
Melvin Frank
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Phil Silvers (48 films)

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The Cheap Detective, 1h32
Directed by Robert Moore
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Peter Falk, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Louise Fletcher, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan
Roles Hoppy
Rating63% 3.198213.198213.198213.198213.19821
Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk), a bumbling San Francisco private detective, tries to prove himself innocent of his partner's murder while helping a bizarre array of characters recover a lost treasure. The film spoofs Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown, and To Have and Have Not. The scene in the restaurant with Peckinpaugh and Pepe Damascus mocks the opening scene of The Big Sleep.
The Chicken Chronicles, 1h35
Genres Comedy
Actors Phil Silvers, Ed Lauter, Steve Guttenberg, Branscombe Richmond, Jon Gries, Raven De La Croix
Roles Max Ober
Rating52% 2.611612.611612.611612.611612.61161
David Kessler is a high school student who will go to any lengths to impress a pretty cheerleader and lose his virginity, while juggling his job at a chicken joint and trying not to get thrown out of Beverly Hills High - a fate that could get him sent to Vietnam.
That's Carry On!, 1h35
Directed by Gerald Thomas
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Eric Barker, Amanda Barrie, John Bluthal, Bernard Bresslaw
Roles Sergeant Nocker
Rating53% 2.665162.665162.665162.665162.66516
Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor are imprisoned in a Pinewood Studios projection room and trawl through film can after film can of the classic Carry On series. Kenneth is delighted with the slap-up food hamper and champagne, while Barbara loads the vintage clips. As the films remorselessly play out, Kenneth feels the need to relieve himself but Barbara is determined to plough through every film. Finally, scenes of speedy roadside urinating from Carry On at Your Convenience prove too much for Kenneth to bear but he holds back the flow to enjoy his finest role as the Khasi in Carry On... Up the Khyber. While Kenneth pontificates about the glories of the Empire, Barbara leaves the projection room and locks her co-star in. Unable to hold out any longer, Kenneth goes against the projection room door.
The Night They Took Miss Beautiful, 1h40
Directed by Robert Michael Lewis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents, Films about hijackings
Actors Chuck Connors, Sheree North, Gary Collins, Victoria Principal, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson
Roles Marv Barker
Rating45% 2.2622952.2622952.2622952.2622952.262295
Following a Miss Universe style contest in Miami, Florida, the five semi-finalists are flown to Nassau, Bahamas in a flying boat along with the American contestant's stage mother, the group's escort Kate Malloy, the Miss Beautiful Master of Ceremonies Marv Barker, and a deadheading pilot, Paul Fabiani.
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, 1h32
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Rintintin (acteur canin), Teri Garr, Art Carney, Phil Silvers
Roles Murray Fromberg
Rating48% 2.4090152.4090152.4090152.4090152.409015
En 1924, Estie Del Ruth se rend à Hollywood dans l'espoir de devenir une grande actrice. Sur son chemin, elle rencontre un chien du nom de Won Ton Ton (Rintintin) qui se met à la suivre. Une fois à destination, Won Ton Ton séduit tout le monde et devient une star à la place d'Estie.
The Strongest Man in the World, 1h32
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about education, Comedy science fiction films, Children's films
Actors Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Johnny Flynn, Eve Arden, Cesar Romero, Phil Silvers
Roles Krinkle
Rating59% 2.9510752.9510752.9510752.9510752.951075
Medfield College's Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn) is being fired for financial mismanagement because of extreme over-spending by Prof. Quigley's science class. Higgins finds out the high costs are for renting a cow to experiment on; they are feeding it various concoctions to make it fatter. In a rage, Higgins fires Quigley (yet again) then threatens to have his entire class thrown out of college. When the dean slams the door as he leaves, Dexter Riley's (Kurt Russell) chemical experiment mixes with that of another student, Richard Schuyler's vitamin cereal mix.
The Boatniks, 1h40
Directed by Norman Tokar, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Heist films, Children's films
Actors Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers, Phil Silvers, Norman Fell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Wally Cox
Roles Harry Simmons
Rating55% 2.7544052.7544052.7544052.7544052.754405
U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Jordan (Joey Forman) responds to a number of pleas for help from civilian pleasure boat sailors off the coast of Southern California. This type of event is typical of what the Coast Guard deals with on a regular basis, and is one of the reasons why Jordan has requested to transfer to a new station. He is handing over the reins to Ensign Tom Garland (Robert Morse), a polite but remarkably clumsy fellow who will now report to Commander Taylor (Don Ameche), a man who fought in World War II with Garland's father and holds him in high regard.
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, 1h48
Directed by Melvin Frank
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Gina Lollobrigida, Phil Silvers, Peter Lawford, Telly Savalas, Shelley Winters, Lee Grant
Roles Phil Newman
Rating67% 3.392783.392783.392783.392783.39278
La Seconde Guerre Mondiale terminée, Carla, une ravissante italienne, décide de passer de tendres moments avec trois soldats américains. Pourtant, neuf mois plus tard, la jeune femme devient la maman de la petite Gia. Décidée à subvenir aux besoins de sa fille, Carla annonce alors aux trois hommes qu'ils doivent s'acquitter d'une pension, au grand dam de leurs épouses.
Carry on Follow That Camel, 1h35
Directed by Gerald Thomas
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Military humor in film, Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Phil Silvers, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Angela Douglas
Roles Sergeant Nocker
Rating59% 2.999612.999612.999612.999612.99961
His reputation brought into disrepute by Captain Bagshaw, a competitor for the affections of Lady Jane Ponsonby, Bertram Oliphant West a.k.a. "Bo" decides to leave England and join the French Foreign Legion, followed by his faithful manservant Simpson. Originally mistaken for enemy combatants at Sidi Bel Abbès, the pair eventually enlist and are helped in surviving Legion life by Sergeant Knocker, although only after they discover that when he is "on patrol" he is actually enjoying himself at the local cafe with the female owner, ZigZig.
A Guide for the Married Man, 1h29
Directed by Gene Kelly
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Walter Matthau, Robert Morse, Inger Stevens, Sue Ane Langdon, Elaine Devry, Aline Towne
Roles Technical Advisor (Realtor)
Rating65% 3.295393.295393.295393.295393.29539
Paul Manning discovers one day that his dear friend and neighbor Ed Stander has been cheating on his wife. Curious, he asks Ed about it and is given the history and tactics of men who have successfully committed adultery. With each new story, Paul can't help but notice the attractive blonde, Irma Johnson, who lives nearby.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1h39
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Erotic films, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford, Annette Andre
Roles Marcus Lycus
Rating67% 3.396283.396283.396283.396283.39628
In the city of Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero, Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) is "the lyingest, cheatingest, sloppiest slave in all of Rome", whose only wish is to buy his freedom from his master's parents, the henpecked Senex (Michael Hordern) and his dominating wife Domina (Patricia Jessel). When he finds out that his master, Senex's handsome but dim son Hero (Michael Crawford), has fallen in love with Philia (Annette Andre), a beautiful virgin courtesan from the house of Marcus Lycus (Phil Silvers), buyer and seller of beautiful women next door, Pseudolus makes a deal: he will get the girl for Hero in return for his freedom. Unfortunately, the virgin has been sold to the great Roman soldier, Captain Miles Gloriosus (Leon Greene), who even now is on his way from conquering Crete to claim her as his bride. Pseudolus blackmails his overseer, Hysterium (Jack Gilford) into masquerading as the corpse of Philia to fool the captain, but things go wrong at every turn.