Ober in 1950
Philip Nott Ober
March 23, 1902
|Died||September 13, 1982 (aged 80)|
|Resting place||Chapel of the Pines Crematory|
(m. 1923; div. 1941)
(m. 1941; div. 1959)
Philip Nott Ober (March 23, 1902 – September 13, 1982) was an American screen and stage actor. He later retired from acting to work as a diplomat.
Ober is best remembered for his roles in the films From Here to Eternity (1953) and North by Northwest (1959). His other notable credits include The Magnificent Yankee (1950), Broken Lance (1954), Torpedo Run (1958) and The Ugly American (1963).
Ober often appeared in roles as a straight man in farcical circumstances. He made his debut on stage, playing Tom Faulkner in Technique in 1931. He appeared in Lawrence Riley's Broadway show Personal Appearance (1934) opposite Gladys George.
From 1954 to 1967, he frequently appeared in television series. He played a general determined to find the truth of an alleged desertion and an Indian attack on a fort in the episode "The Vultures" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Sugarfoot.
Ober was twice cast on I Love Lucy, first playing "Arnold" in "The Quiz Show", and later portraying the Hollywood producer Dore Schary when Schary decided not to play himself in the episode. He made five appearances on Perry Mason, including that of defendant Peter Dawson in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee", and the dual role of murder victim Sumner Hodge and his brother Adrian Hodge in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Tandem Target". He also appeared in one episode of The Twilight Zone ("Spur of the Moment"), co-starring Diana Hyland, and in one episode ("Bankrupt Alibi") of Whirlybirds in which he portrayed a man who convinces his son to take the blame for a hit-and-run accident he committed. He made one guest appearance on the 1961 crime adventure-drama series The Investigators and four on the comedy series Hazel. He had a recurring role as General Wingard Stone in the early episodes of NBC situation comedy I Dream of Jeannie, and appeared in two episodes of McHale's Navy as tough-as-nails Admiral "Iron Pants" Rafferty and on one episode of The Munsters in 1965.
Ober continued to work as an actor in films. He played the United Nations ambassador in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) whom Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) meets, to clarify who had occupied his mansion. He also played Capt. Dana "Dynamite" Holmes, the neglectful, unsympathetic husband of Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr), in the film version of From Here to Eternity (1953).
He retired from acting and went into the U.S. diplomatic service, serving as consular agent to the U.S. consul in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Although many sources report that Ober died of a heart attack in Mexico City at the age of 80, Associated Press obituaries quote a hospital spokesperson that Ober died of lung cancer at Santa Monica Hospital in Santa Monica, California, on September 13, 1982. The California Death Index and Social Security Death Index substantiate this information.
- 1934: Chloe, Love Is Calling You - Jim Strong
- 1938: Little Me
- 1950: The Secret Fury - Gregory Kent
- 1950: Never a Dull Moment - Jed
- 1950: The Magnificent Yankee - Owen Wister / Narrator
- 1951: The Unknown Man - Wayne Kellwin
- 1952: Washington Story - Gilbert Nunnally
- 1952: Come Back, Little Sheba - Ed Anderson
- 1953: The Clown - Ralph Z. Henderson
- 1953: The Girls of Pleasure Island - Col. Reade
- 1953: Scandal at Scourie - B. G. Belney
- 1953: From Here to Eternity - Capt. Dana 'Dynamite' Holmes
- 1954: About Mrs. Leslie - Mort Finley
- 1954: Broken Lance - Van Cleve
- 1956: Calling Terry Conway (TV Movie) - Stan
- 1957: Tammy and the Bachelor - Alfred Bissle
- 1957: Escapade in Japan - Lt. Col. Hargrave
- 1958: The High Cost of Loving - Herb Zorn
- 1958: Ten North Frederick - Lloyd Williams
- 1958: Torpedo Run - Adm. Samuel Setton
- 1959: The Mating Game - Wendell Burnshaw
- 1959: North by Northwest - Lester Townsend
- 1959: Beloved Infidel - John Wheeler
- 1960: Elmer Gantry - Rev. Planck
- 1960: Let No Man Write My Epitaph - Grant Holloway
- 1960: The Facts of Life - Doc Mason
- 1961: Go Naked in the World - Josh Kebner
- 1961: The Crimebusters - Herman Hauzner
- 1963: The Ugly American - Ambassador Sears
- 1964: The Brass Bottle - William Beevor
- 1966: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken - Nicholas Simmons
- 1968: Assignment to Kill - Bohlen (final film role)
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- Philip Ober at the Internet Broadway Database
- ""The Vultures" (April 26, 1959)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
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