Joseph C. Phillips is an actor famous for his role as Martin Kendall in the sitcom The Cosby Show and as Justus Ward in the soap opera General Hospital. He was born in Denver, Colorado, USA on January 17th, 1962. From his marriage to Nicole Phillips since 1994, he fathered three sons: Connor, Ellis, and Samuel. Phillips is a conservative Republican, actively speaking out to promote traditional family values and a return to founding principles of the United States. He is also a writer, having published his autobiography in 2006 titled He Talk Like A White Boy—which reflects his political views.
He starred in The Cosby Show as US Navy Lt. Martin Kendall from 1989 to 1991 after appearing on the same show for one episode four years prior. He began his role as attorney Justus Ward on General Hospital from 1994 to 1998. In a period from 2004 to 2009, Phillips had been featured on most NPR radio stations as a guest political commentator on News & Notes section. Phillips is a member of the fraternity of Alpha Phi Alpha. He first attended the University of the Pacific and majored in communications. He left his campus for the New York University’s acting conservatory, after which he graduated in 1983 with a BFA in acting.
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America chose Phillips as their ambassador and the actor has been seen speaking out on the subject and the effects the disease presents to the family. He was a member of the steering committee for Bush Cheney in 2004 and was appointed a member of the board of directors of the California African American Museum by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. When Phillips was still a young boy, his mother died. Due to this, he becomes very close to the mother of his cousin, Duane Evans.