On This Day … 11 May [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1911 – Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian (d. 1985).
  • 1927 – Bernard Fox, British actor (d. 2016).

Phil Silvers

Phil Silvers (born Phillip Silver; 11 May 1911 to 01 November 1985) was an American entertainer and comedic actor, known as “The King of Chutzpah”.

His career as a professional entertainer spanned nearly sixty years. Silvers achieved major popularity when he starred in The Phil Silvers Show, a 1950s sitcom set on a US Army post in which he played Master Sergeant Ernest (Ernie) Bilko. He also starred in the films It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966).

He was a winner of two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on The Phil Silvers Show and two Tony Awards for his performances in Top Banana and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Bernard Fox

Bernard Lawson (11 May 1927 to 14 December 2016), better known as Bernard Fox, was a British actor.

He is remembered for his roles as Dr. Bombay in the comedy fantasy series Bewitched (1964-1972), Colonel Crittendon in the comedy series Hogan’s Heroes (1965-1971), Malcolm Merriweather in The Andy Griffith Show (1963-1965), Colonel Redford in Barnaby Jones (1975), Max in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), and Archibald Gracie IV in the disaster film Titanic (1997).

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