Born as Joseph Connor Phillips, Joseph C. Philips is known best for his role as Lieutenant Martin Kendall on the widely popular NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show. On that show, Phillips starred as the son in law of the controversial actor, Bill Cosby. Phillips was born on January 17, 1962 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Beginning his career in 1985, Phillips is still active as an actor in addition to being a writer and a conservative Christian commentator. He has been married to a woman named Nicole since 1994 and sides with the Republican as his political party. Phillips has had 3 kids from his marriage to Nicole.
Phillips has several acting roles under his belt. His filmography includes Strictly Business in 1991 (as Waymon Tinsdale III), A Fare to Remember in 1998, Let’s Talk about Sex in 1998 (as Michael), Getting Played in 2005 as Robert Mitchellson, Church in 2010 as Melvin, and Boogie Town in 2010 as Chief Salsbury.
While his movie starring roles are scarce, his television appearance is what perhaps launched him to fame. Beginning with a small role in 1985, he was invited to The Cosby Show in the same year for the first time. He later made a second appearance on the show three years afterwards as a main cast for three seasons.
Following his success on the Cosby Show, Phillips ventured into soap opera territory with his role as Justus Ward on General Hospital, a role which earned him a nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama in NAACP Image Awards for three years in a row. He continued on starring on a variety of shows including Las Vegas, Castle, and The Mentalist. In his most recent TV role, Phillips starred in a recurring role as Mr. Davis in 13 Reasons Why, a Netflix drama which is executive produced by Selena Gomez.