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Des Plaines native evolves into Geico Caveman

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  • Jeff Daniel Phillips makes an appearance as the Caveman we know and love from the Geico Insurance commercials.

    Jeff Daniel Phillips makes an appearance as the Caveman we know and love from the Geico Insurance commercials.
    Associated Press photo

  • For an on-line performance, Jeff Daniel Phillips created a character named Eugene S. Van Dekak, showcasing his versatility.

    For an on-line performance, Jeff Daniel Phillips created a character named Eugene S. Van Dekak, showcasing his versatility.

  • Another view of Jeff Daniel Phillips, a headshot illustrating his chameleonic ability to play a variety of characters.

    Another view of Jeff Daniel Phillips, a headshot illustrating his chameleonic ability to play a variety of characters.

  • Jeff Daniel Phillips makes a charity appearance as the Caveman we know and love from the Geico Insurance commercials.

    Jeff Daniel Phillips makes a charity appearance as the Caveman we know and love from the Geico Insurance commercials.
    Associated Press photo

  • Des Plaines native Jeff Daniel Phillips prefers the fine arts to the performing kind, but it was his performance as the caveman in the Geico Insurance commercials that made him a household face -- even though it wasn't his.

    Des Plaines native Jeff Daniel Phillips prefers the fine arts to the performing kind, but it was his performance as the caveman in the Geico Insurance commercials that made him a household face -- even though it wasn't his.

 

Des Plaines native Jeff Daniel Phillips wanted a career in the fine arts, but his claim to fame turned out to be his quietly explosive caveman in those wildly popular Geico Insurance commercials. "I kept a lid on it for a long time that I was the Caveman," Phillips told us. "Only recently have I been letting people know it's me because you always worry about being pigeon-holed."

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