Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director best known for his performances in the films ‘Young Guns’, ‘La Bamba’ and ‘Stand and Deliver’. Lou Diamond Phillips was born on February 17, 1962, in Subic Bay Naval Base, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines as Lou Diamond Upchurch. He is an actor and director, known for Courage Under Fire (1996), The Big Hit (1998) and La Bamba (1987). He has been married to Yvonne Boismier Phillips since August 16, 2007. They have one child. He was previously married to Kelly Phillips and Julie Cypher. He was born in the Philippines and was raised in Texas. Lou completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama and was active in the theatre even after college. He appeared in a number of productions at Stage West Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lou Diamond Phillips debuted in film with a low budget film ‘Trespasses’ and became a popular young star of Hollywood with ‘La Bamba’. Lou Diamond Phillips gave consecutive hits with ‘Stand and Deliver’ and ‘Young Guns’ and won his first award for his supporting act in the film ‘Stand and Deliver’. Lou has been married thrice and has three daughters and one daughter from his second and third marriage respectively. Phillips is an outspoken activist of the Filipino Equity Act to grant equal benefits to the World War II veterans of the Philippines as applicable to US veterans. Lou Diamond Phillips is also a strong supporter of Thoughtful House Center for Children, a not for profit organization that was founded by British physician and researcher, Andrew Wakefield.
Lou Diamond Phillips Bio/Wiki
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Lou Diamond Phillips was born February 17, 1962, at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines, the son of Lucita Umayam Arañas and Gerald Amon Upchurch (1935–1963), a Marine KC-130 crew chief. His mother, a native of Candelaria, Zambales, is Filipina and his father was an American of Scots-Irish and partially Native American descent.
Phillips was named after the US Marine Leland “Lou” Diamond. After his father died, he took his stepfather’s surname, Phillips, as his own. Phillips was raised in Texas. He graduated from Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi in 1980 and from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama.
Lou Diamond Phillips Age, Personal Life & More
Best Known For Portraying the role of American singer-songwriter Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba (1987). His portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam in the Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I for which he also got a Tony Award nomination.
First Film Lou made his theatrical film debut in American science fiction film Interface as Punk #1 in 1984.
First TV Show He made his first TV show appearance on the prime time television soap opera Dallas as Sidewalk Thug in 1985.
Personal Trainer Lou keeps himself in shape by working out on a regular basis. He also involves a good session of cardio in his routine.
Lou Diamond Phillips Net Worth
Аѕ оf 2023, Lоu Dіаmоnd Рhіllірѕ hаѕ аn еѕtіmаtеd nеt wоrth оf $10 mіllіоn. Не mаkеѕ hіѕ fоrtunе frоm hіѕ саrееr аѕ аn асtоr аnd dіrесtоr. Тhе асtоr’ѕ brеаkthrоugh іn саrееr wаѕ fеаturіng а сhаrасtеr аѕ Rіtсhіе Vаlеnѕ wіthіn а fіlm еntіtlеd Lа Ваmbа. Моrеоvеr, hе wаѕ еngаgеd іn drаmа сlub рrоduсtіоnѕ аѕ wеll аѕ а lосаl соmеdу саѕt.
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Роѕt а thrее-уеаr wіnnіng lіnе, thіѕ асtоr hаѕ ехреrіеnсеd dіffісult tіmеѕ іn bох оffісе durіng thе еаrlу ’90ѕ. Не wаѕ fеаturеd wіthіn оnе ѕеrіеѕ оf mеdіосrе mоvіеѕ ѕuсh аѕ Наrlеу, Ѕhаdоw оf thе Wоlf, аnd Ѕіоuх Сіtу. Не lаtеr саmе bасk tо bох оffісе ѕuссеѕѕ thrоugh hіѕ ѕuрроrtіng rоlе fеаturеd іn Соurаgе Undеr Fіrе, whісh fеаturеd Меg Rуаn аnd Dеnzеl Wаѕhіngtоn. Durіng thе уеаr 1995, hе арреаrеd оn ѕtаgе аnd mаdе dеbut аѕ thе Кіng durіng thе уеаr 1996 Вrоаdwау рrоduсtіоn mаdе fоr Тhе Кіng аѕ wеll аѕ І. Lоu Dіаmоnd.
Араrt frоm thаt, hе іѕ tоо а tаlеntеd роkеr рlауеr аnd hаѕ аlѕо wоn $30,000 wіthіn thе Wоrld Ѕеrіеѕ оf Роkеr іnѕіdе Lаѕ Vеgаѕ. Lоu Dіаmоnd Рhіllірѕ іѕ оnе аmоng thоѕе асtоrѕ whо іnіtіаllу реrсеіvеd lіttlе trоublе іn mаkіng а nаmе fоr hіm іn thе асtіng іnduѕtrу, but lаtеr thrоugh grаduаl реrѕеvеrаnсе аnd dеdісаtіоn; hе еnhаnсеd hіѕ саrееr раth tоwаrdѕ ехсеllеnсе. Іt саn аlѕо bе vаlіdаtеd frоm рrеѕtіgіоuѕ аwаrdѕ thаt hе hаѕ wоn.
Lou Diamond Phillips Spouse, Affairs and More
Julie Cypher (1986-1990) – Lou first met assistant director, Julie Cypher during the shooting of Trespasses. They dated for a year and got married on September 17, 1987. However, the marriage did not last long and the couple parted ways on August 5, 1990.
Ginger Lynn (1990) – In 1990, Lou reportedly had an encounter with the adult film star Ginger Lynn.
Jennifer Tilly (1990-1994) – Lou and actress Jennifer Tilly first met on the sets of Canadian-French adventure film Shadow of the Wolf. The couple got engaged in between but broke up in 1994.
Jerri Manthey (1992) – In 1992, Lou was rumored to be dating actress Jerri Manthey.
Kelly Phillips (1993-2007) – Lou first met the Penthouse model and television extra, Kelly Phillips, in 1993. The couple dated for a year and tied the knot on April 24, 1994. They are parents to 3 daughters – twins Grace Moorea and Isabella Patricia (b. October 1997), and Lili Jordan (b. September 1999). The couple got divorced on July 30, 2007.
Yvonne Boismier Phillips (2004-Present) – In 2004, Lou started dating makeup artist, Yvonne Boismier. The couple tied the knot in August 2007. Together they are parents to a daughter, Indigo, who was born in October 2007.
Movies & Tv Shows
- Lou Diamond Phillips made his Hollywood debut with a low budget film, ‘Trespasses’ in 1986. He rose to fame with ‘La Bamba’ in 1987. He portrayed Bobby Diaz in an episode of ‘Miami Vice’ in 1987.
- He played the role of John Dakota in ‘Dakota’ (1988) and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in an inner-city high school drama, ‘Stand and Deliver’ in 1988. His performance in his next release, ‘Young Guns’, (1988) was widely appreciated and the film was a commercial hit.
- He starred in a couple of movies in 1989 viz. ‘Disorganized Crime’ and ‘Renegades’. He also acted in a short film, ‘Arduous Moon’ in 1990 followed by a sequel of ‘Young Guns’ titled as ‘Young Guns II’ in 1990.
- He acted in ‘A Show of Force’, ‘The First power’, and ‘Demon Wind’ in 1990 followed by ‘The Dark Wind’ in 1991. He also appeared in one episode each of the television series, ‘The General Motors Playwrights Theater’ and ‘Sesame Street’ in 1991.
- After the 1990s, he faced a tough time in terms of commercial success and gave a series of mediocre films like ‘Harley’ (1991), ‘Shadow of the Wolf’ (1992) and ‘Sioux City’ (1994). In between, he appeared in one episode each of the TV series ‘Tales from the Crypt’ and ‘The Untold West’ along with the film ‘Extreme Justice’ in 1993.
- Apart from being an actor, Lou Diamond Phillips was also a vocalist with the Los Angeles-based rock group ‘The Pipefitters’ in the mid-90s. He gave his next commercial success with his film ‘Courage Under Fire’ in 1996.
- He made his Broadway debut in 1996 with ‘The King and I’ and his performance was critically acclaimed. He played the supporting role of Cisco in the comedy action film, ‘The Big Hit’ in 1998.
- He had a minor role in the movies ‘Bats’ (1999), ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ (2000), ‘Supernova’ (2000), ‘A Better Way to Die’ (2000), ‘Knight Club’ (2001) and ‘Route 666’ (2001). He also appeared in a couple of episodes of popular TV series ‘24’ in 2002.
- Phillips starred in four episodes of ‘The Twilight Zone’ in 2002 and played a minor role in TV sitcom ‘George Lopez’ from 2002-2004. He appeared in television movies ‘Murder at the Presidio’ and ‘Gone, But Not Forgotten’ in 2005.
- He had a recurring role in the TV series ‘Numb3rs’ (2005-2010) and appeared in three episodes of a mini-series ‘The Triangle’ in 2005. He joined the touring troupe for Lerner and Loewe’s ‘Camelot’ in the role of King Arthur in September 2007.
- Phillips participated in the Food Network reality series, ‘Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off’ in 2012 and was announced as the winner of the same. He won $50,000 for his charity.
- He acted in 43 episodes of ‘Longmire’ from 2012-15 and appeared as the star of the comedy short film ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamond’ in 2013.
- Phillips guest-starred in ‘The Wiggles Rock and Roll PreSchool’ DVD in 2014. He portrayed serial killer in the television movie ‘The Night Stalker’ in 2016.
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Some Known Facts About Lou Phillips
- As his father was a marine, Lou was named after a US Marine Leland Lou Diamond and later after his father’s death, he took up the surname of his step-father.
- The first film he did was called Trespasses and was a low budget film.
- He got his first big break in the American biographical film La Bamba in 1987 where he played the role of singer-songwriter Ritchie Valens.
- After working in the films, he got a chance to star in the Miami Vice‘s episode titled Red Tape in March 1987, where he portrayed detective Bobby Diaz and also acted in a movie titled American Me.
- In 1988, he acted alongside Edward James Olmos in the inner-city high school drama Stand and Deliver. In the film, he played the character of Angel David Guzman, a cholo gangster who is inspired by his math teacher, Jaime Escalante, to excel at calculus and for mastering the subject, he develops a friendship with his teacher. Lou was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture” and went on to win the Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Male” for the same.
- Although Stand and Deliver were filmed before La Bamba, it released a year later in 1988.
- Is of Scotch-Irish, Cherokee, Filipino and Hawaiian descent.
- His father named him after the United States Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Lou Diamond; his surname comes from his stepfather.
- Although he was offered scholarships to the U.S. Naval Academy and Yale, he decided to attend the University of Texas at Arlington.
- Once borrowed a bellhop’s uniform to sneak up to a hotel room to meet Robert De Niro.
- Won a Best Supporting Actor Independent Spirit award for his work in 1989’s Stand and Deliver.
- Crowned the winner of NBC’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2009; donated the winnings to the Art Has Heart Foundation, which provides college scholarships to low-income students.
- Defeated Coolio in the Season 1 finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off in 2012, winning $50,000 for the charity Share Our Strength, which strives to end childhood hunger in America.
- Plays on the World Poker Tour.
Where Is Lou Diamond Phillips?
Sinton, Texas Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, Arrested In The Fall On Suspicion Of Driving While Intoxicated, Must Not Drink For Two Years After Entering Into A Plea Deal Wednesday. Best Known For His Role In La Bamba, Phillips Appeared At The San Patricio County Courthouse Around 2 P.M. Ct Wednesday With His Father.
Is Lou Diamond Phillips Hispanic?
His Mother, A Native Of Candelaria, Zambales, Is Filipina And His Father Was An American Of Scots-Irish Descent. Phillips Was Named After The Us Marine Leland “Lou” Diamond.
Did Lou Diamond Phillips Really Sing In La Bamba?
Lou Diamond Phillips Did His Own Singing As Ritchie Valens In La Bamba. Natalie Wood Did Her Own Singing As Maria In West Side Story.
Who Is Lou Phillips Father?