He had a role in the 1994 western comedy Wagons East. Also starring in this film was Robert Picardo. Both Phillips and Picardo would begin starring together on Star Trek: Voyager later that year. Coincidently, Picardo originally auditioned for Phillips' role of Neelix on Voyager before being cast as The Doctor. Wagons East also featured Ed Lauter and the late Charles Rocket in the cast.