Ethan Phillips was born into a restaurant family. His father was the owner of the famous New York steak house Frankie and Johnnie’s, which still serves up the most delicious sirloin in all of Manhattan. Striking out on his own, Ethan, who plays Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager®, became an actor as well as the author of the play Penguin Blues published by Samuel French.
He has acted in many of the major regional theaters across the country as well as on and off Broadway, and has appeared in many television shows including Star Trek: The Next Generation,®, NYPD Blue, Chicago Hope, Murphy Brown, Law and Order, HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, as well as playing “Pete” for five seasons on Benson. His feature films include Jeffrey, Civil Action, For Richer or Poorer, Greencard, The Shadow, Lean on Me, Wagons East, and Man Without a Face, among others. Ethan acts, writes, cooks, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Patty, an artist.