Lou Diamond Phillips

Actor, Screenwriter, Assistant director
His talent and exotic looks grabbed attention in the late 1980s, but Lou Diamond Phillips was unable to capitalize on his early career momentum. Soaring to success as the star of the popular Ritchie Valens biopic "La ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1962 in Philippines

Filmography

Actor (112)

Longmire 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33 2015 (Movie)

Luis Urzua 'Don Lucho' (Actor)

Joe Head Goes Hollywood 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Knight Club 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Never Forget 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Filly Brown 2013 (Movie)

Jose Tonorio (Actor)

Sequoia 2013 (Movie)

Colin (Actor)

Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Southland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chuck 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cougar Town 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happily Divorced 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

SGU: Stargate Universe 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iron Chef America 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2005 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Carny 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Heroes Among Us: The 2009 Hero Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! (NBC) 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beast 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Che: Part Two 2008 (Movie)

Mario Monje (Actor)

Death Toll 2008 (Movie)

Mayor Padial (Actor)

Termination Point 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Psych 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

El Cortez 2006 (Movie)

Manny (Actor)

Gone, But Not Forgotten 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Triangle 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack & Bobby 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lopez 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

Wanda (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

24 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Resurrection Blvd. 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stark Raving Mad 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wolf Lake 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hangman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolon 2000 (Movie)

Walters (Actor)

E! Rack-n-Roll: Behind the Scenes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Company of Horses 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

Officer Alonso (Actor)

Route 666 2000 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Supernova 2000 (Movie)

Yerzy Penalosa (Actor)

67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bats 1999 (Movie)

Emmett Kimsey (Actor)

Brokedown Palace 1999 (Movie)

Roy Knox (Actor)

Spin City 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Day the Music Died 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Surf Ballroom 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Big Hit 1998 (Movie)

Cisco (Actor)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

Monfriez (Actor)

Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Boulevard 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sioux City 1994 (Movie)

Jesse Rainfeather Goldman (Actor)

Teresa's Tattoo 1994 (Movie)

Wheeler (Actor)

The Untold West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dangerous Touch 1993 (Movie)

Mick Burrows (Actor)

Farm Aid VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of the Wolf 1993 (Movie)

Agaguk (Actor)

The Dark Wind 1993 (Movie)

Officer Jim Chee (Actor)

Wind in the Wire 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Avenue Z Afternoon 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Home on the Range 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Panama Deception 1992 (Movie)

English-language Voiceover (Actor)

What About Me? I'm Only 3! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Ambition 1991 (Movie)

Mitchell (Actor)

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Show of Force 1990 (Movie)

Jesus Fuentes (Actor)

The First Power 1990 (Movie)

Russell Logan (Actor)

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

Jose Chavez y Chavez (Actor)

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Disorganized Crime 1989 (Movie)

Ray Forgy (Actor)

Renegades 1989 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Dakota 1988 (Movie)

Dakota (Actor)

Golden Globe Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Deliver 1988 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

Young Guns 1988 (Movie)

Jose Chavez y Chavez (Actor)

La Bamba 1987 (Movie)

Ritchie Valens (Actor)

Trespasses 1987 (Movie)

Drifter (Actor)

A Better Way to Die (TV Show)

Actor

Alien Express (TV Show)

Actor

Angel and the Badman (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Justice (TV Show)

Actor

In a Class of His Own (TV Show)

Actor

Lone Hero (TV Show)

Actor

Lone Rider (TV Show)

Actor

Love Takes Wing (TV Show)

Actor

Murder at the Presidio (TV Show)

Actor

Oil's Well That Ends Well (TV Show)

Actor

Override (TV Show)

Actor

Red Water (TV Show)

Actor

The Three Kings (TV Show)

Actor

The Trail to Hope Rose (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Voice

The Triangle (Movie)

Meeno Paloma (Actor)

Undertow (TV Show)

Actor

Wharf Rat (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Dangerous Touch 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ambition 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

Sioux City 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Dangerous Touch 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Dakota 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

His talent and exotic looks grabbed attention in the late 1980s, but Lou Diamond Phillips was unable to capitalize on his early career momentum. Soaring to success as the star of the popular Ritchie Valens biopic "La Bamba" (1987), Phillips won an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as a teen gang member in the powerful "Stand and Deliver"(1988). While he enjoyed mainstream success with the Brat Pack smash "Young Guns" (1988), Phillips faded as a box office star - although the notoriety of his wife Julie Cypher leaving him for Melissa Etheridge earned him unwanted headlines. Phillips continued to work, earning a Tony nomination for the lead role in Broadway's "The King and I" and serious critical attention with a role in "Courage Under Fire" (1996) alongside Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington. His bread-and-butter, however, remained guest-starring roles and indie film work. Although he charmed viewers enough to win the game show "I'm a Celebrity Get Me out of Here!" (NBC, 2009), the actor once again garnered critical acclaim for his role as bar owner Henry Standing Bear on the well-received crime-drama "Longmire" (A&E, 2012- ). While Phillips' circuitous career trajectory exemplified Hollywood's inadequacy in fully utilizing actors of ethnicity, his persistence and undeniable screen presence kept him very much in the game.

Relationships

Lucita Aranas

Mother
Filipino native of Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese heritage

Yvonne Boismier

Wife
Married Aug. 16, 2007

Julie Cypher Assistant Director

Wife
Met during the making of "Trespasses" (1986) Married June 27, 1987 Divorced 1990; Cypher later became the life partner of singer Melissa Etheridge

Kelly Phillips Assistant Director

Wife
Married April 24, 1994 Divorced July 30, 2007

George Phillips

Step-Father

Grace Phillips

Daughter
Born Oct. 5, 1997; twin of Isabella; mother, Kelly Preston Phillips

Indigo Phillips

Daughter
Born Oct. 9, 2007; mother, Yvonne Boismier

Isabella Phillips

Daughter
Born Oct. 5, 1997; twin of Grace; mother, Kelly Preston Phillips

Lili Phillips

Daughter
Born Sept. 26, 1999; mother, Kelly Preston Phillips

Jennifer Tilly Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged

Gerald Upchurch

Father
Scottish/Irish/Cherokee heritage Died when Phillips was young

EDUCATION

University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington , Texas

Studied film technique with Adam Roarke's Film Actors Lab

Milestones

2012

Played bar owner and the title character's best friend Henry Standing Bear on A&E's "Longmire"

2009

Competed on the NBC reality series "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!"

2009

Joined the final season of the SyFy series "Stargate: Universe"

2009

Helmed the Hallmark Channel movie "Love Takes Wing"

2008

Portrayed Bolivian Communist leader Mario Monje in Steven Soderbergh's "Che: Part Two"

2005

Cast in a recurring role on the CBS series "Numb3rs" as Agent Ian Edgerton

2002

Landed recurring role on the Fox crime drama "24"

2001

Starred in the short-lived drama series "Wolf Lake" (CBS); episodes later aired on UPN in 2002

1996

Made Broadway debut as the King of Siam in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I"

1996

Co-starred with Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan in "Courage Under Fire"

1994

Directed first feature "Dangerous Touch"; also scripted and starred

1990

Reprised role for "Young Guns II"

1988

Co-starred with Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland in the Western "Young Guns"

1988

Co-starred with Edward James Olmos in the inner-city high school drama "Stand and Deliver"

1987

Landed breakthrough role, portraying rocker Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba"

1983

Wrote first screenplay "Trespasses"; also acted

1983

Worked as assistant director/instructor with Film Actors Lab

Acted in regional theater productions including, "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?" and "Hamlet"

Raised in Arlington, TX

Bonus Trivia

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Phillips suffered a riding accident during the filming of "Young Guns II" (1990), leaving him with an injured leg and arm.

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He received the Oxam America award for his dedication toward ending world hunger on Nov. 18, 1993.

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Phillips was charged with domestic battery in connection with an incident on Aug. 11, 2006 involving his live-in girlfriend. According to police reports, Phillips was involved in an argument with his girlfriend and it escalated into a physical fight that resulted in the actor's arrest.

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