Philip Charles MacKenzie
American actor and director
Philip Charles MacKenzie
Philip Charles MacKenzie is an American actor and television director. He is best known for his role as Donald Maltby on Brothers, and as Ted Nichols on Open House, which he worked on with his current wife Alison LaPlaca.
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  • 1990
    Age 43
    Midway through the 1990-91 season, MacKenzie joined the cast of ABC's Miller/Boyett sitcom Going Places as talk show producer Arnie Ross.
    More Details Hide Details MacKenzie was reunited with his Brothers co-star Hallie Todd, who had been one of the four main leads on Going Places since its debut. A few months after his arrival, the series was canceled. Subsequently, MacKenzie has switched his focus to directing but continued to do guest appearances from time to time.
  • 1989
    Age 42
    In 1989, just as Brothers was ending a five-season run, MacKenzie made a guest appearance on the Fox dramedy series Duet.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared as Ted Nichols, a real estate mogul who proposes a business partnership with snobbish yuppie Linda Phillips (played by his current real-life wife, series regular Alison LaPlaca). Upon the cancelation of Duet, LaPlaca and MacKenzie's characters were spun off into its sequel comedy series, Open House, which centered around Linda and Ted's new venture in real estate. Premiering in August 1989, Open House lasted only a single season.
  • 1987
    Age 40
    Also in 1987, MacKenzie began directing selected episodes of Brothers.
    More Details Hide Details Since that time, he has directed episodes of more than 30 TV series, including Roseanne, Suddenly Susan, and According to Jim. In 1986, he appeared in the TV film Blind Justice, starring Tim Matheson.
    He was nominated for the same award again in 1987, following the show's third season.
    More Details Hide Details He continued doing guest roles in between the shooting of Brothers on shows such as Newhart and St. Elsewhere.
  • 1984
    Age 37
    In 1984, MacKenzie began in the featured role of flamboyant, effeminate Donald Maltby on the Showtime sitcom Brothers.
    More Details Hide Details The series portrayed positive gay role models, particularly in the character of Cliff Waters (Paul Regina). MacKenzie's portrayal of resident "queen" and Cliff's unlikely friend Donald provided a sharp contrast to Cliff's masculinity. After the first season concluded, MacKenzie won his first CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
  • 1982
    Age 35
    MacKenzie then landed his first regular role on the short-lived CBS sitcom Making the Grade in the spring of 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Making the Grade was also the first series role for actor George Wendt, with whom MacKenzie worked later that year when he did a guest appearance on "Coach's Daughter", an episode of NBC's Cheers.
  • 1980
    Age 33
    That same year, MacKenzie was cast in the pilot of a series proposed for NBC's 1980 fall schedule, The Six O'Clock Follies, a period piece set in 1967 Saigon.
    More Details Hide Details After a single preview telecast in April 1980, the network passed on the series' development.
    In 1980, he appeared as Dr. LaFleur in The Heartbreak Winner, an ABC Afterschool Special episode.
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  • 1975
    Age 28
    MacKenzie made his on-screen debut in Sidney Lumet's 1975 crime drama Dog Day Afternoon.
    More Details Hide Details He then began doing numerous television guest roles and co-starring roles in afterschool specials and made-for-TV movies. MacKenzie guest starred on such shows as Three's Company, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Lou Grant (which co-starred his future Brothers castmate, Robert Walden), The Love Boat, The Facts of Life, and WKRP in Cincinnati.
  • 1971
    Age 24
    MacKenzie was married to actress Linda Carlson from 1971 to their divorce in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details He has been married to actress Alison LaPlaca since 1992.
  • 1947
    Age 0
    Born in 1947.
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