Irving Phillips

Playwright, Author

1904 – 2000

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Who was Irving Phillips?

Irving Walter Phillips was a noted American cartoonist, playwright, television scriptwriter, author, illustrator and educator who is best remembered for his daily newspaper comic panel The Strange World of Mr. Mum.

Born in Wilton, Wisconsin, Phillips began his career in show business as a violinist at the age of 17. He also played the saxophone and led his own orchestras. Phillips studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and freelanced cartoons to 36 different magazines during the Great Depression. He eventually became head of the humor staff for Esquire in the late 1930s.

Phillips scripted for motion pictures, including Song of the Open Road, which featured the film debut of Jane Powell. Phillips also penned the Powell vehicle Delightfully Dangerous in 1945.

For television, Phillips wrote or co-wrote more than 250 scripts, including a first-season episode of The Ruggles, one of the earliest family sitcoms on American television. He scripted plays for Matinee Theater, the afternoon anthology series telecast daily on NBC. Phillips provided scripts and animation art for the American Broadcasting Company children's program Curiosity Shop.

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Born
Nov 29, 1904
Wilton
Also known as
  • Irving W. Phillips
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Lived in
  • Wilton
Died
Oct 28, 2000
Santee

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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