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Pat Corley, Phil the Restaurateur, to Leave ‘Murphy Brown’

April 11, 1996 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Phil, the burly, gravel-voiced restaurant owner and bartender on ``Murphy Brown,″ is pouring his last brews. Actor Pat Corley will leave the CBS series at the end of this season.

Corley has decided to pursue other opportunities and won’t return for the sitcom’s ninth season, said his publicist, Dick Delson.

Corley, who has appeared in several TV series, including a recent episode of ``Murder One,″ also has played in movies including ``Bad News Bears″ and ``The Onion Field.″

On the show, Phil’s bar and grill serves as a hangout for TV journalist Murphy (Candice Bergen) and her colleagues. A call to CBS asking about a possible replacement for Corley was not immediately returned.