WWII vet was a fixture on episodic television

Actor Andre Philippe died April 29 of congestive heart failure in Venice, Calif. He was 79.

During the 1960s, Philippe was a fixture on episodic television programs including “Wild, Wild West,” “Bonanza,” “Get Smart,” “That Girl,” “Combat” and “Hawaiian Eye,” on which he appeared 11 times.

Born Everett Cooper in the Bronx, NY, he served in WWII and then went to Paris, where he adopted the name Andre Philippe while singing in nightclubs.

His singing career led to an active television career throughout the 1960s. Philippe had a long friendship with Paul Mazursky and appeared in Mazursky’s films “Alex in Wonderland,” “Harry and Tonto,” “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “Down & Out in Beverly Hills,” “Scenes from a Mall” and “The Pickle.” He later appeared on TV shows including “Medical Center,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Magnum P.I.”

He is survived by his brother, voice coach Dr. Morton Cooper.

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