Philip Ober
Philip Ober
Philip Ober
General Information:
Date of birth: (1902-03-23)23 March 1902
Born in: Fort Payne, Alabama
Died: 13 September 1982(1982-09-13) (aged 80)
Died in: Mexico City, Mexico
Series/character information
Appeared on/in: I Dream of Jeannie
Number of
"The Lady in the Bottle" and "Jeannie and the Marriage Caper" (Season 1)
Character played/
Appeared as:
General Wingard Stone

Philip Ober (23 March 1902 – 23 September 1982) appeared as Edwards Air Base commander General Wingard Stone in two of the first four episodes of I Dream of Jeannie, the series pilot "The Lady in the Bottle", and "Jeannie and the Marriage Caper". A stalwart character and lead actor for four decades, he was most prominent on stage and television.

Acting Career

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 also appeared in playwright 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-TV/Warner Brothers western series, Sugarfoot. [1]

Philip 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 made four guest appearances in the comedy series Hazel. He also appeared in two episodes of McHale's Navy as tough-as-nails Admiral "Iron Pants" Rafferty.

Ober continued to work as an actor in films. He played the UN 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.

Personal Life

Married three times, Philip was married to Vivian Vance, who played Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy from 1941 to 1959. He was married to the former Jane Westover from 1961 until the time of his death.

After retiring from acting he went into the US Diplomatic Service and was working at the US Consulate in Mexico City, at the time of his death at age 80.


  1. IMDb logo Philip Ober at the Internet Movie Database , accessed January 23, 2014.

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