Phil Morris is an American film and television actor. He played Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld, John Jones on The CW series Smallville and voiced Doc Saturday on The Secret Saturdays. He is also the voice of Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet in the franchise of Atlantis: The Lost Empire and recently played Silas Stone in Doom Patrol.
In the mid-1980s, he portrayed law student (later attorney) Tyrone Jackson
in The Young and the Restless
. During a major storyline, his character used heavy theatrical make-up to appear Caucasian
, in order to go undercover to expose an organized crime organization. In the 1990s, Morris played a recurring character, the Johnnie Cochran
-inspired defense attorney Jackie Chiles
, on the comedy Seinfeld.
The episode "The Abstinence
" depicts Chiles suing a tobacco company, which Morris said he took great pleasure in, having been made fun of his whole life due to having the same name as the tobacco brand Philip Morris
He also co-starred in the TV remake of Mission: Impossible
as tech wizard Grant Collier (son of Barney Collier, who was played in the original series
by Morris's real-life father Greg Morris). He also said in an interview that he grew up watching the original Mission: Impossible
, with series' lead Peter Graves
, whom Morris came to consider his acting mentor.
Through his childhood, Morris knew Graves' real-life children. The friendship continued, until Peter Graves' death on March 14, 2010, which devastated Morris. He voiced the supporting role of Dr. Sweet in Disney's 2001 film Atlantis: The Lost Empire
as well as its 2003 sequel, Atlantis: Milo's Return
In the January 25, 2007 episode of the CW television series Smallville, Morris portrayed the DC Comics superhero Martian Manhunter, which is a recurring but small character in the series. He reprised that role on the show's sixth-season finale on May 17, 2007, as well as the episodes "Bizarro" and "Cure" in the seventh season and the episodes "Odyssey", "Prey" and "Bulletproof" in the eighth season. He reprised this role in the ninth-season episodes "Absolute Justice", "Checkmate" and "Salvation".
He provided the voice of the character Doc Saturday in the animated show The Secret Saturdays
. He also played a major supporting role in the PlayStation 2
game Ratchet: Deadlocked
, as Merc, one of the combat bots that accompany the main character Ratchet
. He also worked as a voice actor on The PJs
; according to Morris, he acted as a temporary replacement for co-creator and star Eddie Murphy
whenever he was unavailable or did not want to record the voice of Thurgood Stubbs.