Trek Untold Encore: Phil Morris
One of the folks on my big list of guests to get when I first started this podcast included this man, Phil Morris. Last week, we flashed back to what was originally the fifth episode of this podcast with an interview with his sister Iona. This week we jump ahead to episode 26, where we spoke with this incredibly accomplished character actor whose resume speaks for itself. Enjoy this classic episode you may have never heard before:
Phil Morris is another of those actors whose face you've seen many times (200 to be exact) but whose name you may not have known until today. His father is the famous Greg Morris from the original “Mission: Impossible” show, and we spoke with his sister Iona Morris a few months back on this show, so acting is in his family's blood!
Phil has been in the Star Trek franchise FIVE times, starting when he was a child in the original series in the season 1 episode “Miri.” He explains how he got cast on the show and the scene they didn't warn any of the kids about! Over 20 years later, Phil returned to Trek and worked face to face with William Shatner in “Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock” and recalls the brilliant piece of direction Leonard Nimoy told him before his scene.
Fast forward a few years later, and Phil made his way to DS9 in “Looking for Par'Mach in All The Wrong Places,” where he tells us about becoming a Klingon, learning to fight with a batleth against Armin Shimmerman, and being directed by Andrew Robinson AKA Garak. One season later, he returned as the Third Remata Klan in “Rocks and Shoals” as a Jem'Hadar, and Phil tells us what it's like to work with the imposing Avery Brooks.
Finally, his “Star Trek Voyager” appearance as Lt. John Kelly in “One Small Step,” what it was like being directed by his acting school classmate Robert Picardo, and what big emotions came up filming this episode.
Plus, being Jackie Chiles on “Seinfeld,” working with Angela Lansbury on “Murder, She Wrote” and Will Smith on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” what he learned from his famous father and how the two of them got along on set for the “Mission: Impossible” reboot in 1988, Vandal Savage in Justice League animated series, and being on Doom patrol as Cyborg's dad, Silas Stone, and the story of the worst day he ever had on the job!
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