PHIL PROCTOR - 2017
Phil Proctor started at the age of 9 as a child actor in New York on live TV in Uncle Danny Reads the Funnies also featuring Elliot Gould. Since then, his 68-year career has taken him from Broadway, where he appeared in The Sound of Music and A Time for Singing and Off-Broadway in the award-winning musical The Amorous Flea, across the U.S. and Canada, to Europe, and even to the former Soviet Union with the legendary Yale Russian Chorus. After winning a Theatre World award for The Amorous Flea in 1963, the show came to L.A., where he starred in John Guare’s Muzeeka at the Mark Taper Forum and was cited as Best Actor by the LA Free Press.
Phil shared three Grammy nominations with The Firesign Theatre and three daytime Emmies for voicing Howard DeVille on Rugrats, honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has shared several Academy Awards for his voice work in the animé Spirited Away and numerous Disney/Pixar movies and most recently won an Audie for adding voices to L. Ron Hubbard’s sci-fi epic Battlefield Earth and a Mark Time Award for The Audio Adventure Book of Big Dan Frater, created by Brian Howe.
Phil is also proud of multiple L.A. Weekly awards as part of the celebrated Antaeus Classical Theatre Company and a Garland award for his work in Samuel Warren Joseph’s play Window of Opportunity. He’s performed at the South Coast Repertory, in Sam Bobrick’s comedies L.A. Deli at the Marilyn Monroe and The Psychic at Garry Marshall’s Falcon theater, where he later appeared in For Piano and Harpo, written by and starring The Simpson’s Dan Castellaneta as Oscar Levant; and he’s toured the U.S. and Canada in a one-man reading of Don Quixote with the Grammy-nominated LA Guitar Quartet.
Besides being the announcer on the reality show Big Brother for three seasons, he’s created voices for countless commercials and interactive games, such as Dr. Vidic in Assassin’s Creed, Batman: Arkham Knight, Final Fantasy, Call to Duty, Riddick and Lord of the Rings to name a few, and most recently as the demented computer in Headlander. He’s also added multiple characters to audio books such as L. Ron Hubbard’s Golden Age of Pulp Fiction series and Battlefield Earth for Galaxy Press and plays Detective Polehaus on the long-running Christian radio series Adventures in Odyssey, Howard in Rugrats, the drunken French monkey in Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Dolittle series, Seahorse Bob in Finding Nemo, and Charlie in Monsters, Inc. to name a few.
In the world of radio, he travelled to Dublin, Ireland for four summers to act with his wife, Melinda Peterson in Roger Gregg’s Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, and they’ve also performed on live audio presentations in Owensboro, Kentucky for the International Mystery Writers’ Festival, where they were made Kentucky colonels, in Hollywood for Fake Radio, the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction and in Florida as part of Agatha Christie’s BBC Murders with Melinda as Christie and Phil as Poirot, created by David Ossman and Judith Walcutt.
Philip can be seen on screen in the sex farce, Love Addict and in Sam Joseph’s comic political thriller, Window of Opportunity produced by The Doors’ John Densmore, as well as in Henry Jaglom’s first film, A Safe Place with Tuesday Wells, Orson Welles and Jack Nicholson and later in Hollywood Dreams and Queen of the Lot. Other film credits include The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Amazon Women on the Moon, Lobsterman from Mars, with the great Tony Curtis, and Love Addict, The Selling and The Independent, with Melinda.
He’s appeared on TV in Last Man Standing, Arrested Development, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and guest-starred in such classic shows as All in the Family, Night Court, Dave’s World, Golden Girls, Cagney and Lacy, and Simon and Simon.
With the Firesign Theatre four-man group—listed as one of the “thirty greatest acts of all time” by Entertainment Weekly—he’s appeared for over half a century on LPs, CDs, DVDs and on stage, TV and on screen in Zachariah, God’s Clowns, Everything You Know is Wrong, Hot Shorts, The Madhouse of Dr. Fear with Don Adams, Eat or Be Eaten; and in Proctor & Bergman’s TV or Not TV and their overdubbed Republic cliffhanger cult hit, J-Men Forever.
In 2001-02 Firesign created Fools in Space, a monthly two-hour live show on XM Satellite Radio which won the New York International Radio Festival’s Golden Award for Best Continuing Comedy Series, and the PBS special Weirdly Cool, featured Firesign’s greatest skits, hosted by fans like Robin Williams, George Carlin, John Goodman and Chevy Chase. Firesign appeared at the London Comedy Store for BBC4 radio, also featuring Mort Sahl, Stan Freberg and Bob Newhart as Americans who influenced British comedy.
Their album Don’t Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers was inducted in the Library of Congress in 2006 as an historical recording and in 2014, Firesign received the Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. Today most of their classic albums and books are available at www.firesigntheatre.com, including their latest: Everything You Know is Wrong: Declassified -- a 2-DVD set of their films, videos and home movies, produced by Taylor Jessen.
The release of his autobiography, “Where’s My Fortune Cookie”, co-authored by Brad Schreiber, will be followed by Americathon: The Skits behind the Script and the transcripts of the NPR comic series Power by Proctor & Bergman, for Bear Manor Media.
Currently, with comic legend Jamie Alcroft (of Mack & Jamie fame) he satirizes the news on the web series Boomers on a Bench, also showing up regularly on J.P. Houston’s syndicated radio show, American Parlor Songbook.
On September 28, he and Dave Ossman will be appearing in a command performance of The Firesign Theatre, or What’s Left of It on the Coolidge stage of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. It sold out in three days and will be simulcast for Fireheads throughout the nation. He can also be seen this month as abolitionist John Randolph of Virginia, in Philip Marshall’s ground-breaking three-part documentary for PBS, Francis Scott Key: After the Song.
You can keep up with Phil on his monthly blog Planet Proctor at http://planetproctor.comContact: Jeff Abraham at Jonas Public Relations < [email protected]>
Phil’s musical and linguistic talents have taken him from Broadway where he sang in The Sound of Music and A Time for Singing, across the U.S. and Canada, to Europe, and even the former Soviet Union with the renowned Yale Russian Chorus.
He’s won a Theatre World award, was cited as Best Actor by the LA Free Press, received three Grammy nominations with The Firesign Theatre and shared an L.A. Weekly award for the Antaeus Company’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck.
Besides being the voice on countless commercials, interactive games, and the top-rated reality show, Big Brother, he plays Howard on the Rugrats, (with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and three Daytime Emmys); seahorse Bob in Finding Nemo, Charlie in Monsters, Inc., the drunken French Monkey in Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Dolittle series, and a Chef in Spirited Away.
e was guest of honor at the 33rd Annual Minicon Science Fiction convention, emceed the InVision Awards in San Francisco and hosted in French and English, the MILIA Interactive Awards on the stage of the Pink Palace in Cannes before 10,000 participants.
His film, TV and stage appearances are too numerous to list but he most recently acted with his wife, Melinda Peterson, in The Independent, starring Jerry Stiller; and they perform regularly with the award-winning Antaeus Classical Company in North Hollywood where he also serves on the Board and just directed Norman Corwin’s radio classic. “The Plot to Overthrow Christmas.” for their annual benefit.
With The Firesign Theatre 4-man group he's appeared for over 35 years on records, CDs, DVDs and stage, screen and TV, including the short films, God’s Clowns. Everything You Know is Wrong, and J-Men Forever. They’ve performed in the first Comic Relief, at the TED conference in Monterey, hosted the 10th annual Pollstar Awards and last toured the West coast with a play based on their first studio album in 17 years, nominated for their second GRAMMY, Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death on Rhino Records.
Their next CD, Boom Dot Bust, was released by WB as the world's first Spoken Arts DVD with visuals; and The Bride of Firesign garnered their third GRAMMY nomination. Many re-releases of all their classic albums and videos are now available @ Laugh.com
In 2001-02 they produced Fools in Space, a monthly 2-hour live show on XM Satellite Radio which won the NY International Radio Festival’s Golden Award for Best Continuing Comedy Series; and were also seen in their one-hour PBS Special, Weirdly Cool, hosted by fans Robin Williams, George Carlin, John Goodman and Chevy Chase. They appeared as well on NPR’s All Things Considered resulting in their last CD, All Things Firesign from Artemis Records.
On April 1st, the fools were honored guests at a special star-studded presentation of their audio plays at UCLA’s Royce Hall and recently performed at the Museum of Natural History. They will do a brief west coast tour of Seattle. Portland, San Rafael and the Cerritos Performing Art Center in Jan/Feb, 2005.