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August 7, 2004

Phil Prentice and Ernie Tate

Check out this charming surprise I found in the Hollywood Cemetery. There they will lie, cheek by jowl with Cecil B. DeMille himself: Phil Prentice and Ernie Tate, "Companions," born in 1930 and 1926, respectively, and (apparently) still terrorizing the streets of Hollywood today!

Prentice-Tate (1)Prentice-Tate (2)Prentice-Tate (3)

I've Googled their names. There seems to be an artist named Phil Prentice, and there is (was?) a British Trotsky-ite (?) named Ernie Tate, and also an Ernie Tate appeared in Flashdance as the "ice rink official," and an Ernie Tate was in a 1937 film called Landslide. Unfortunately, none of these possibilities include photos or dates of birth, so I've no idea if these guys are those guys. I'm very ready to discount the British Trotsky-ite link.

Phil Prentice & Ernie Tate gravesite - May 2011 (1854)
May 2011 photos of the gravesite showed that it had not been changed yet.

Filed under California,Gay Issues,Photography | permalink | August 7, 2004 at 09:38 AM


i have a painting of a tiger in reeds that is signed by phil prentice. i got it when i was 1 and i am now 12. is it worth anything? just wonderin

Posted by: travis jemmeson at May 11, 2009 11:49:42 PM

I have three Phil Prentices - Lion/cub; tiger; cheetah. I thought I've seen an owl. Does anyone have it?

Posted by: CAthy O'Byrne at Apr 4, 2009 7:46:48 AM

I have a picture and its signed by phil prentice its a picture of a tigers face with some grass around it is it worth anything as im just curious also it has on the back of the painting it has a lable saying welcome to the world of pictures for you is this a copy as i got it when i was 16 and now im 44
Many thanks

Posted by: Selina Nyiro at Mar 31, 2009 4:04:38 AM

hi phil,i have a picture of a tiger"modern reflection" ?
my gran has another which will be passed down to me,it has no date on it but just your signature,was wonderin if you could give me any history/info about it as ive loved it for many years.
kind regards
samantha lisle

Posted by: samantha lisle at Feb 22, 2009 5:48:52 AM

hi Ron could i get a response on this art that i have ..Its a leopard in a tree 22x28 inches no frame appears to have a sorta laminate finish on canvas / carboard 1976 c

Posted by: dave heatley at Jan 29, 2009 9:12:00 PM

We have had for about 40 years a print of a great looking lion. It has a yellow background, signed by Phil Prentice. We love it.

If you read this, Phil, thanks for your good work. You are a talented guy.

Posted by: Dona Terry at Jan 28, 2009 12:30:47 PM

looking for info on the Idaho Cougar painting anyone with info please e mail me at grg3210@yahoo.com thank you

Posted by: at Nov 29, 2008 2:23:59 PM

i have a phil prentice jungle cat picture #c-1075 is this worth anything,found this picture in the garbage a few years ago

Posted by: gayle at Nov 27, 2008 9:45:25 AM


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Posted by: BRIAN McCOLLUM at Nov 15, 2008 9:01:57 PM

I have a painting, I think it is a watercolor, signed by Phil Prentice, 79.
Is there value to it. It is of a collie on a farm. Is in pale yellows and browns.

Posted by: Lois Limer at Nov 7, 2008 8:43:45 AM

I have a photo of afox in the field, it says Phil prentice?

How can I found out if this is real?

Posted by: ray at Sep 28, 2008 9:57:46 AM

Is there any information on this artist phil prentice? Where can I find what his raintings is going for.

Posted by: vernadres at Jul 17, 2008 3:29:09 PM

I have a picture by Phil Prentice of a Leopard. It has the number 2035T on it. It is framed in a beautiful glass and wood frame painted a kind of yellowy lime green color. Color from the 70's I quess.It is covered with glass. I'm not sure if the painting is on the glass itself on underneith the glass. It is large and very heavy. Very beautiful painting. Does anyone know anything more about this painting? Please e-mail at deb_sears@hotmail.com

Posted by: Deb at Jun 9, 2008 9:49:26 PM

HI, I have a leopard and lion picture painted by Phil Prentice. Any idea on how much they would be worth. I see a number 79 beside the signature. Thanks Robert!

Posted by: robert at May 7, 2008 6:25:40 PM

I have a 70s dated lithograph of a cheetah and a 2 girraffe heads sketch anyone interested in buying

Posted by: mary at Mar 26, 2008 12:26:54 PM

Note to the reading disabled, Phil Prentice is alive.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Mar 19, 2008 8:55:30 PM

My grandmother just gave me a print by Phil Prentice of 3 elephants ..it is a very nice piece...sad to hear this guy is gone ..I love his work. Is there any value ?

Posted by: cris at Mar 19, 2008 6:17:41 PM

It is our understanding that we are in possession of a Phil and a Thil Pretice; a Puma head and neck, nesteled in wisps of white australian pine; And a Jaguar, spotted on the prowl and ready to strike from hunched position with it's left front claws ready to strike, as Leopards do. Phil's Puma (this)IS UNFINISHED and is or may be the LAST PUMA BUST worked when he was taken from his Studio. Puma has no finished whiskers and few on brow; Green needles wisps of paint not long as a finished picture would have. Litho-graph and paint(green/white)AND SIGNED on the Shoulder and Neck and not at the bottom right corner (the direction of this puma' glance)Hand framed dark brwn matte. FOR SALE AS TO GOOD OWNER....DIG DEEP FOR SET!!!! M.D. & B.D. LISLE, IL.

Posted by: Michael D. and Barbara D. at Mar 14, 2008 8:00:04 AM

We have an original, canvas oil painting of the head of a what looks like a cheetah (hand-written sticker on back says tiger) in some grass, signed by Phil Prentice. The painting is done in yellows and greens. It is 22" by 28". It is not framed. Does anyone know the value? Thanks, Ron

Posted by: Ron at Mar 6, 2008 12:12:12 PM

i have a print of a leopard by phill prentice i have been trying to check up on him but they say he
is not a listed artist. Can any one help?

I have had my print for many many years and would very much like to know a little about the artist. So far I have found very little.

Posted by: sheila at Mar 3, 2008 6:36:59 AM

i have a tiger painting by phil prentice it is n origanal and had it for over 2+ years

Posted by: steve at Feb 13, 2008 5:44:07 AM

Ernie Tate was Screen Extra's Guild (SEG) 1st Vice President for four years and interm President for six months. He is a member of SAG and AFTRA as well as a retired Equity member. He was a stand-in for such actors such as Jason Robarts Jr and Lois Nettleton and actor in other films. As Phil's partner he got the Donald Art Company to print 52 of Phil's original oil paintings' There were also five Limited Editions as well as works printed in Japan and England.
Now to answer the many questions posted and thank everyone who enjoy's my work.
Shawn Sayre asked how many of my paintings were reproduced as prints. There were 52 by the Donald Art Company which included 10 landscapes. 6 trivets printed in England, one greeting card in Japan, 3 needle point canvases, two playing cards by Bridge and 5 Limited Editions (Lion Head, Cheetah Head, Lioness Head, Navajo Head and Greek Wrestlers).
Michael Van Fleet I did some basic landscapes which are what you discribe and Donald Art reproduced two sizes. Caroline McGowan I have never been in Glasgow, however, my prints were being sold at that time frame.
Mary I'm sorry but I'm not any relation to the Prentice family you menmtion. My family was from Muncie, Indiana.
Tanya, the Santa Fe, N.M. and Scottsdale,AZ gallery that use to sell my original oil paintings closed when it's owner died. At the same time I was caring for my partner who was quite ill. As a result I still have a dozen original oil paintings for sale that came from the galleries.
Crystal, I did paint a Snow Leopard and it was sold for $3000.00 in the seventies. I have no idea what one of my original canvases sell for now, however I am asking $10,000.00 for my remaining works. The Snow Leopard was never printed so it has to be the original painting.
Again I wish to thank everyone for their kindness and interest.

Posted by: phil prentice at Feb 9, 2008 5:42:32 PM

My partner and I meet Phil & Ernie seven years ago on our first gay cruise. Over these years we all have become good friends and Dennis and I are greatly blessed and our lives enriched from listening to thier life experences. We also own a copy of an original that has not been released by Phil, which we proundly display in our home.We also had the honor of being thier best men at thier wedding. Bob & Dennis of Connecticut

Posted by: Bob Fortier at Feb 8, 2008 3:21:58 PM

It is not surprising that the United States Information Agency of Washington, D.C. recognized Phil as one of America's leading wildlife artists. Thus, including his works in the first American exhibition that toured China in 1974. From this very prestigious tour came the invitation to be one of ten American wildlife artists to exhibit at the first "World Wilderness Congress" in 1977 in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
Phil's natural ability to the creative world started very early in life. At the age of 12 he won a scholarship to the Dayton Art Institute. He later studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and the Art Center School in Los Angeles, California.
A large number of Phil's earlier works in the 70's were reproduced and copies distributed all over the world which gave him international recognition as a leading wildlife artist. These works were influenced by the time he spent in Japan where he studied oriental techniques.
Although Phil's first love in his paintings is still wildlife, he has incorporated his efforts into landscapes. Over the years these works have been shown in several noted galleries of the west, in Carmel, Scottsdale, Santa Fe and Dallas.
He ventured into the professional art world in 1966 when he was judged into the famous Laguna Beach, 'Festival of Arts.' Two years later he was to be the first president of another of Laguna Beach's annual art shows, 'Art-A-Fair.' These were followed by exhibits at some of the top wildlife conventions in America such as the Mzuri Safari Club and the Gamecoin Conventions. Phil retired in late 80's due to some vision problems and Ernie's illness.
Ernie and I celebrated our 50th with our freinds Bob & Dennis on October's Atlantis Cruise.
We do live in Nevada. phil_ernie@yahoo.com

Posted by: phil prentice at Feb 8, 2008 8:52:28 AM

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