Philip Ober

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Philip Ober (March 23, 1902, Fort Payne, Alabama – September 13, 1982, Mexico City) was an American actor. Ober often appeared in roles as a straight man in farcical circumstances. One of his most memorable stage role was in Lawrence Riley's Broadway hit Personal Appearance (1934) opposite Gladys George. From 1954 to 1967 he frequently appeared in television series. In 1941, he married actress Vivian Vance, who famously portrayed Ethel Mertz in the TV series I Love Lucy (1951–1957). He made two appearances on I Love Lucy, first playing "Arnold" in the episode "The Quiz Show," and later in the series stepping in to play Hollywood producer Dore Schary when Schary decided not to play himself in the episode. Ober and Vance divorced in 1959 at which time Ober claimed Vance was cruel during their marriage. Vance countered that the two "could never agree on how to handle my success." She also admitted that he was also living mostly on her income and was "extravagant and did not believe in savings". Ober continued to work as an actor in films.
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