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Actor, Phillip Alford, was born Philip Alford on Sep 11, 1948 in Gadsden, AL. As of December 2019, Phillip Alford was 71 years old.


Phillip Alford appeared in two film and six television roles between 1962 and 1972 but is best remembered for his film debut as Jem Finch, the son of Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



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Phillip Alford Quotes:

Jem: Atticus says cheating a black man is ten times worse than cheating a white.

[to Dill about Miss Dubose]
Jem: Listen, no matter what she says to you, don't answer her back. There's a Confederate pistol in her lap under her shawl and she'll kill you quick as look at you. Come on.

Jem: There goes the meanest man that ever took a breath of life.
Dill Harris: Why is he the meanest man?
Jem: Well, for one thing, he has a boy named Boo that he keeps chained to a bed in the house over yonder. Boo only comes out at night when you're asleep and it's pitch-dark. When you wake up at night, you can hear him. Once I heard him scratchin' on our screen door, but he was gone by the time Atticus got there.
Dill Harris: I wonder what he does in there? I wonder what he looks like?
Jem: Well, judgin' from his tracks, he's about six and a half feet tall. He eats raw squirrels and all the cats he can catch. There's a long, jagged scar that runs all the way across his face. His teeth are yella and rotten. His eyes are popped. And he drools most of the time.

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Phillip Alford Facts
Son of a Gadsden, Alabama brickmason.

Long after moving back to Birmingham, Alabama after his film career was over, Philip was inducted in 1989 into the Alabama Walk of Fame for his role in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).

Appeared on the local stage in three Town and Gown productions at the Clark Theatre before going to New York to audition for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).

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