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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!

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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


My Dear Phil,

I have been reading through this site and looking at your lovely work.

Are you anywhere near Longboat Cay? I have a good friend living there. He is a former Miami Dolphin and played in two back to back Super Bowls under coach Don Shula.

Your Treasures are well here, hung just as Claude placed them 32 years ago.

"Jaguar in the Reeds", "Going to Clover", the lovely girl on yellow with windblown hair, nude child on the beach in blue shades, smaller green which appears as a green landscape on green waterfall cascading down the canvas, and "The Snow Leopard".

As you know how hard it has been with Claude watching from his perpetual silver lining, I've spent time painting, learning fused glass, volunteering, building in Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity. Volunteering has been a Godsend. I've spent time speaking to groups who are struggling with loss, bewildered with this pandemic and the current world in which we live, international unrest and on and on.

I would love to hear from you. Take care of yourself and stay safe.

With great respect and my love,

Nancy Fiske

​Past President, Rotary Clubs of Paso Robles Sunrise; Templeton Rotary
Past President North County Humane Society (now Woods)
Habitat for Humanity, Guatemala, Global Village 2004-2016
SLO County Women’s Wall of Fame 2017
District 1 Commissioner
SLO Commission on the Status of Women
MUST Charities Collaborative Team
Paso Robles C of C 2017, Ambassador of the Year
Hispanic Business Association, Vice President
Toastmasters International CC
Advisor, Rotaract Club of North SLO County
NANCYFiske'sShop/The Best of Science and Nature (Active)

There is no traffic on the extra mile. I will meet you there.
Nancy C. Fiske

Posted by: Nancy C Fiske at Aug 26, 2021 1:20:11 PM

I have a canvas painting of a Cougar and the total size with frame is 28 inches wide and 34 inches tall. You can tell by the wood on the back of the frame it's probably a mid 70s piece of work. I came across it about 7 or 8 years ago in Desert Hot Springs. It also displays Phils signature on it. Anyway way you could tell me what it might be worth. Thank you...Greg Novak

Posted by: Gregory Novak at Apr 24, 2018 2:12:08 PM

Always good to hear from you and know you're still on this earth. Next time I'm in the Hollywood area I'll head into Hollywood Forever and get an updated photo.

Posted by: Ron at May 11, 2017 2:49:19 PM

Yes Phil Prentice is still alive and living in Tamarac, Fl. He is a member of the City of Tamarac's Art Committee as well as an active member of Citizens on Patrol (a volunteer organization of Broward County Sheriff)Ernie Tate was an Actor and was in Flashdance. He passed away in the fall of 2010. and that date should be on the monument in Hollywood Forever. I appreciate everyone enjoying my art works, Thank you. Sincerely Phil Prentice

Posted by: Phil Prentice at May 11, 2017 12:34:31 PM

Mr. Prentice. I have two of your tiger pictures. I absolutely love them. I used to collect tiger pictures but through out the years and many moves I have lost a lot of them.
The two I still have hanging in my living room are your beautiful tigers. I would love to have more of your tigers.

Thanks for being so talented.

Posted by: Dawn at Jul 9, 2016 4:10:54 PM

Mr. Prentice. I have two of your tiger pictures. I absolutely love them. I used to collect tiger pictures but through out the years and many moves I have lost a lot of them.
The two I still have hanging in my living room are your beautiful tigers. I would love to have more of your tigers.

Thanks for being so talented.

Posted by: Dawn at Jul 9, 2016 4:10:53 PM

I just adore the cougar painting Thanks Phil!

Reg Grantham

Stoke-on-Trent Staffs

Posted by: reg grantham at Jun 19, 2015 9:56:29 AM

I Adore the picture of the cougar Thanks Phil

Posted by: reg grantham at Jun 19, 2015 9:52:05 AM

i have that cougar and pine needles in the back ground anyone know what its worth?

Posted by: penny geddert at Sep 18, 2013 9:19:36 AM

I hope this gets to THE Phil Prentice who used to bring his artwork to us at REPRO COLOR in La. And I hope you are still alive and kicking

Posted by: Bill Hosie at May 15, 2013 10:39:39 PM

I have a painting of two children on a beach they are both wearing yellow jackets. How much is it worth? I love the painting and could not part with it. I was just curious how much it is worth. Thank-you.

Posted by: sandra grace at Apr 28, 2013 3:41:50 PM

Just noticed on the back it states Happy Days

Posted by: Melitta Duncan at Feb 7, 2013 9:54:04 AM

I have a painting that is the closest description to this one. Not interested in worth just some history pls.

Re: 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

Posted by: Melitta Duncan at Feb 7, 2013 9:29:53 AM

Ernie Tate was buried this past September in Hollywood Forever Cemetery by his spouse and close friends. Phil has moved to Tamarac, Florida and has begon painting male nude Greek Olympic Athletes.

Posted by: phil prentice at Feb 1, 2013 9:20:12 AM

hi, plil hope you are in good health. i have a painting on wood panel of leopard i think my father got it in vegas. not looking to sell just some history on this painting thank you

Posted by: mike savarese at Dec 15, 2012 9:01:35 AM

i have a lioness by phil prentice in a wooden frame. i love this picture. picked it up at junk store...I am now trying to find out it's worth. aany one know who i would contact to find out.

Posted by: sharon at Sep 21, 2011 11:08:12 AM

I have a picture of a sad eyed leopard with mouth closed in tall grass. The picture is just the head of the leopard. It is signed by Phil Prentice. Does anyone know anything about this picture?

Posted by: David Specht at Jul 23, 2011 11:27:49 AM

Dear Nancy Fiske, So nice to hear from you, look up my new website: www.philprenticeoriginalpaintings.com. I'm doing fine.Working on our Memiors, Phil Prentice

Posted by: Phil Prentice at Jun 26, 2011 2:38:21 PM

I have been trying to find Phil and Ernie for years. My late husband, Claude Fiske and I moved to Paso Robles in 1984. Claude passed away on May 23, 2002. I would be so thrilled to find Phil once again. I was saddened by his note that Ernie Tainttanault (sp) has passed late last year. Phil I miss you both so much and would ove to find you. Love


Posted by: nancy c. fiske at Jun 16, 2011 11:22:28 AM

I have a lith of your cougar with pine branches. did you do anymore cougar paintings.

Posted by: Teresa at Apr 19, 2011 11:18:28 AM

I'm very sorry to hear that, Mr. Prentice.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Oct 13, 2010 6:57:55 PM

Ernie Tate my partner for 52 years, passed away on Saturday 10/9/2010. It was unexpected since we had been shopping earlier in the day. We arrived home and he had shortness of breath and a couple of hours later his heart just stopped. His services are being held today at the Palms Mortuary in Las Vegas at 6PM PDT. He was 84 years of age. He is greatly missed. Phil Prentice

Posted by: Phil Prentice at Oct 13, 2010 1:43:25 PM

i hame a vintage cougar painting with pine branches and a cougars head its signed by phil prentice. its done on porscious board or mounted on this board. does anyone know anything about it?

Posted by: teresa at Jul 25, 2010 7:38:14 PM

Hay cris i got the same picture. If it is of any value can youm let me know?

Posted by: lavonne at Jul 19, 2010 11:34:40 AM

i have a print by Phil Prentice, it's of a mother and baby mountain lion, it's dated 76, Does anyone know it's value?

Posted by: Kasey at Jun 14, 2010 2:52:05 PM

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