If you thought Judge Sanders on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, it’s probably because you recognize actor Joseph C. Phillips from one of his many other roles! He got his start back in the mid-’80s as Cruiser on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, but soap fans would probably be more likely to recognize him from his role of Justus Ward, which he played on both GENERAL HOSPITAL and PORT CHARLES.
In primetime, Phillips has appeared on series like THE KING OF QUEENS, JUDGING AMY, BONES, and NCIS among others and has had recurring roles on VANISHED, WITHOUT A TRACE, and 13 REASONS WHY. Or perhaps viewers might recognize him from the classic NBC sitcom THE COSBY SHOW, where Phillips played Navy Lieutenant Martin Kendall from 1989-91.
This isn’t actually Phillips’ first appearance on Y&R. Judge Sanders was on back at the end of July when the custody battle between Adam and Nick first really kicked off. Plus, he also appeared back in 2008 for a few episodes as FBI Agent Jed Paulson! While this most recent hearing on Aug. 27 would seem to have settled the custody fight over Christian, the judge could be back again if Adam changes his mind!
Stay tuned to see if Phillips makes any more appearances, and for more Y&R casting news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.