he began his prolific Star Trek career playing the Ferengi character of Dr. Farek in Star Trek: The Next Generation (episode "Ménage à Troi"). Phillips went on to play Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001, Phillips stayed with the series through its entire seven-season run, and also performed a cameo as the holographic nightclub maître d' in the 1996 film, Star Trek: First Contact.
Phillips also coauthored the Star Trek Cookbook. He has not only performed on three separate series in the Star Trek TV universe (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise), he has also appeared in one of the feature length films (Star Trek: First Contact), and performed in the Star Trek Internet fan film titled Of Gods and Men which starred several of the original Original series Star Trek cast. Phillips has also performed for the Star Wars fanbase, doing voice work for several of the Star Wars franchise video games: the 2000 Star Wars: Force Commander (Transport Pilot/Governor of Abridon), the 2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (Empire Medical Droid, Krantian Governor, and Royal Grenade Trooper), and the 2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (credited with additional voices).