Philip Sterling
.Philip Sterling
Philip Sterling made a guest appearance as Leonard Blum in the Season 1 episode "The Eye of the Beholder".
General Actor Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1922-10-09)October 9, 1922
Birthplace New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 30, 1998(1998-11-30) (aged 76)
Death Location Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active: 1955-1998 (his death)
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
"The Eye of the Beholder" (Season 1)
Appears as: Leonard Blum

Philip Sterling (born October 9, 1922-died November 30, 1998) made a guest appearance on Night Court in Season 1 as Leonard Blum in the episode "The Eye of the Beholder". A popular character actor in film, television and the Broadway stage, Philip's venerable career spanned five decades.


Early life and stage career

Born and raised in New York City, Philip graduated University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Before becoming an actor, he was a jazz pianist. He was the first president of the Screen Actors Guild.

Philip made his Broadway debut in 1955 in the Cole Porter musical Silk Stockings. His most prominent role on Broadway was that of the adulterous father in Neil Simon's 1986 comedy Broadway Bound. He also appeared in Ron Cowen's Summertree and in Gore Vidal's An Evening With Richard Nixon and ... playing Dwight D. Eisenhower to George S. Irving's Richard Nixon. Off Broadway, he appeared in Brecht on Brecht, In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Trojan Women and Victim of Duty. His most recent stage appearance was in Out of Purgatory at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.


Philip appeared as a guest performer in over 50 television programs and acted in over 40 films and television shows. He portrayed George Hayes on Guiding Light from 1963 until 1968. He continued to appear on other daytime soaps such as Somerset, The Edge of Night, Another World," and As The World Turns. is last memorable role was Judge Truman Ventor on the NBC series, Sisters, from 1991 until 1995.


Philip died of complications from bone disease at his home in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles. He was survived by his wife, Rhona; a daughter, Mila of San Francisco, and a sister, Jane Stern of Holland, PA.[1]


  1. "Philip Sterling, 76, an Actor", New York Times (.com), January 7, 1999. Retrieved on 3/12/2014. 

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