Lee Philips

Prolific TV director Lee Philips, who began his career as an actor on the Philco Television Playhouse’s famous production of “Marty,” died at his Brentwood home March 3 of complications from Parkinson’s-like illness. He was 72.

Philips’ career as a TV director began in 1958 with an episode of the “Donna Reed Show” and spanned five decades, ending with “Diagnosis Murder” in 1993.

Career highlights include a combined 100 total episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” and its successor “Mayberry RFD” plus segments of other popular TV series including “MASH,” “The Partridge Family,” “The Waltons,” “Kung Fu,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” and “Diagnosis Murder.”

Directing credits on TV movies and miniseries include “Getting Away From It All,” “James A. Michener’s Dynasty,” “James A. Michener’s Space,” “Crazy Times,” “Windmill of the Gods,” “Silent Motive,” “The War Between the Tates,” “Mae West,” “The Red Badge of Courage,” “Special Olympics” and “Louis Armstrong — Chicago Style.” Credits also include co-writing and directing the TV movie “Valentine” in 1979.

After his role in 1948’s “Marty,” with Rod Steiger, he went on to appear in episodes of “The Untouchables,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Perry Mason,” “I Spy,” “Wagon Train,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Waltons.” His feature appearances included “Peyton Place” (1957) and “Tess of the Storm Country” (1960).

He is survived by two daughters.

Donations in his name can be made to Special Olympics, Attn.: Trudi Stewart, 710 E. 111th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90059.

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