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STAR 101.5's Kent Phillips is One Nice DJ, but One Angry Man

It's afternoon drive time on STAR 101.5. Kent Phillips is the man behind the mic. His friendly voice conveys kindness, warmth and fun.

He's been spinning the hits at STAR and making people smile for 32 years. Music may have changed over the past 30+ years, but one thing has stayed the same: everybody likes Phillips.

That's why this version of Phillips in character - is totally out of character! He's leading a double life - DJ by day, actor by night.

Bill Huls is the director of the play at the Renton Civic Theater, where the current production is "12 Angry Men," the story of 12 jurors trying to decide the fate of a 19-year-old boy who supposedly has committed murder.

"It's set in the fifties," said Phillips. "And I think it won a couple Tony Awards and it was an incredible movie with Henry Fonda. So it's a great great show and the cast is phenomenal. I mean - I'm the weak link."

Always modest, Phillips has been acting for nearly 50 years.

"I started when I was a kid," he said. "Did a season on Knot's Landing."

"In 1986 - so it's way back, before you were born," he laughed. "Willian Devane was the Senator who's running for Senate. And I was Bill. His assistant."

"Knot's Landing", "Crossers", "Dream Catcher" - and of course KOMO's old daytime lifestyle television show Northwest Afternoon. And check him out on the show "Everybody Hates Chris":

Then there are the plays.

"My gosh. 'Arsenic' and 'Old Lace'. 'Mortimer' I did multiple times - way too old to do it now," he said. "'Catch Me if You Can,' the list goes on. Some Shakespeare. I suck at Shakespeare."

His latest role may not be Shakespeare but it is a stretch.

"Kent Phillips is playing Juror #3 who is one of the most angriest men on the jury," said Huls.

This is definitely playing against type.

"Not even the slightest close to him," said Huls. "Kent is a very nice guy. Always smiles, treats people nicely. Juror #3 not even - treats everybody like dirt. Everybody is beneath him. He yells at them, screams at them constantly, threatens them. So this is totally the opposite of what Kent has ever been his entire life."

We tried pinning the part-time thespian down on which role he loves more: music or acting.

"Being on stage for sure it's a lot of fun," he said. "But being in the booth is great fun too. They're both performing - but the thing about stage is you actually get the reaction of people. So you know when you suck!"

Whether on the air or on the state, for Phillip it's more about the people than the performance.

"Working with the people. That's the biggest part," he said. "The friendships you make. I think if you asked any actor in this play - for me actually it's the rehearsals [that are] probably more fun. The actual show scares me to death."

You can catch Phillips in "12 Angry Men" at the Renton Civic Theatre through April 20, and you can listen to him with Jen Pirak and Marina Rockinger on STAR 101.5 weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

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