Phil Ford (June 21, 1919 – June 15, 2005) was a vaudeville performer, musician, and comedian, whose career spanned over seven decades. He met his future wife, singer and dancer Mimi Hines in 1952, hiring her after his former female partner broke her ankle. They were married in 1954, his second marriage. Thus began the comedy and music team of Ford and Hines.
Phil was the writer of all of their comedy routines.
When Mimi was offered the role of Fanny Brice in the hit musical “Funny Girl” in 1965 (which was being vacated by Barbra Steisand), Ford
was given the part of Eddie to enhance the marquee value.