Phyllis Newman dies at 86

Phyllis Newman in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Phyllis Newman, an actress whose long career included guest appearances on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Wild Wild West, has died at 86, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Her son, Adam Green, a theater critic for Vogue, announced the death in a Twitter post.

Newman won a Tony for the play Subways Are For Sleeping in 1962, beating out Barbra Streisand for the award, THR said.

She was married to Adolph Green, a playwright, screenwriter and lyricist, from 1960 until his death in 2002.

Newman’s spy TV appearances in the 1960s were on the light side. She played an Arab woman who becomes smitten with David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin in the second-season episode The Arabian Affair. This occurs while U.N.C.L.E. is investigating efforts by the villainous organization Thrush to develop a “vaporizer” that can dissolve objects and people.

Newman also played an American Indian princess in one of the Dr. Loveless episodes of The Wild Wild West, The Night of the Raven. In that episode, Loveless (Michael Dunn) shrinks James West (Robert Conrad) and Newman’s character to just a few inches tall.

3 Responses

  1. I thought you would get lots of comments about “David Kuryakin’s Illya Kuryakin”.

  2. It’s what I get for staying up until 12:30 a.m. writing the obituary. Next time, I won’t. It’s fixed now.

  3. Well it’s David McCallum’s “Illya Kuryakin” alright, and as a party of one, I try to make as many happy comments as possible on behalf of “The Man from UNCLE!”

    Thank heavens for the “The Spy Command!” No matter the time of posting.

    Always with my gratitude… thank you!!

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