Originally posted on 158 Main & JPD Blog:
Ethan Phillips, a stage actor and playwright, was born in 1955, in Garden City, Long Island, New York. He grew up with five siblings, all of them girls. His father and grandfather were the original owners of Manhattan’s legendary Frankie and Johnnie’s Steakhouse. While Phillips did not devote much time to the family business, it is interesting to note that his most widely known on-screen role, and the one that landed him on the cover of a cookbook, was that of an alien chef who took great pleasure in feeding others.