Lou Diamond Phillips
Phillips in 2017
Lou Diamond Upchurch
February 17, 1962
|Education||Flour Bluff High School|
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Arlington (BFA)|
Kelly Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips (né Upchurch; born February 17, 1962) is a Filipino-American actor and film director. His breakthrough came when he starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba (1987). For the Academy Award-nominated Stand and Deliver (1988), Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won an Independent Spirit Award.
Phillips made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I, earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam. Phillips' other notable films include Stand and Deliver (1988), Young Guns (1988), Young Guns II (1990), Courage Under Fire (1996), The Big Hit (1998), Brokedown Palace (1999), Che (2008), and The 33 (2015). In the television series Longmire, he played a main character named Henry Standing Bear.
Phillips was born February 17, 1962, at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines, the son of Lucita Umayam Aranas and Gerald Amon Upchurch (1935–1963), a Marine KC-130 crew chief. His mother, a native of Candelaria, Zambales, is Filipina with Spanish ancestry and his father was an American of Scots-Irish and partial Native American descent.
The first low-budget film in which he starred was called Trespasses. Phillips' big break came with the starring role in La Bamba (1987) in which he played early rocker Ritchie Valens. Prior to his cinematic breakthrough, he starred in the Miami Vice episode "Red Tape" (March 13, 1987), portraying detective Bobby Diaz.
In 1988, Phillips co-starred with Edward James Olmos in the inner-city high school drama Stand and Deliver, in a role for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. He plays Angel David Guzman, a cholo gangster who is inspired by his math teacher, Jaime Escalante, to excel at calculus. Working to master the subject, he develops a friendship with his teacher. Stand and Deliver was filmed before La Bamba, but it was released a year later.
In 1990, he revisited the role of Jose Chavez y Chavez in Young Guns II.
In the mid-1990s, Phillips was a vocalist with the Los Angeles-based rock group The Pipefitters.
In 1996, Phillips made his Broadway debut as the King in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's The King and I. Phillips won a Theatre World Award, and was nominated for both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance.
He later featured a minor role in the TV sitcom George Lopez (2002–2004) as George Lopez's half-brother. He also played a role in the first season of the TV series 24 as secret government agent Mark DeSalvo, opposite former Young Guns star Kiefer Sutherland. Phillips played the recurring role of FBI agent Ian Edgerton in the television series Numb3rs. Edgerton is an FBI tracker and sniper who works as an instructor at Quantico FBI Academy when he is not working a case in the field. Phillips won the second season of the NBC reality series, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, over pro wrestler Torrie Wilson. Phillips currently hosts the weekly series An Officer and a Movie on The Military Channel. This series features various theatrical World War II dramas, with discussion breaks during the film in which Phillips interviews members of the US military and intelligence communities about details of the events that inspired each film.
Phillips had a recurring role as Colonel Telford in the Stargate Universe television series during its two-season run on the SyFy channel 2009-2011. He played the would-be commander of the Destiny expedition, who is left behind when an accident launches an unsuspecting crew into deep space. The commander works from Earth to bring the crew home, often coming into conflict with the shipborne command characters.
In January 2012, he was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. On January 29, 2012, he was announced as the winner with a Zagat score of 28 out of 30, thereby winning $50,000 for his charity.
In June 2012, Philips began co-starring in the television series Longmire, about a modern-day sheriff played by Robert Taylor. Phillips played Henry Standing Bear, a Native American, who is Longmire's best friend, often helping him with cases and in dealing with the reservation police who do not respect or like outsiders, especially other law enforcement.
In February 2013, Phillips appeared as star of the comedy short film Lucy in the Sky with Diamond, playing a hyperbolized version of himself known as the elusive and mysterious LDP—a renegade, spirit guide, and life coach who attempts to help John (John Patrick Jordan) get over a particularly disconcerting ex-girlfriend. The award-winning short was written and directed by Joey Boukadakis.
In July 2014, he replaced the injured Jason Scott Lee in Opera Australia's Melbourne production of The King and I, reprising his role as the King of Siam, playing opposite Lisa McCune as Anna Leonowens.
In 2014, he also guest-starred in The Wiggles Rock and Roll PreSchool DVD and made guest appearances on their TV program on ABC.
Phillips starred in four episodes of the radio series The Twilight Zone: Vol. 1, "A Kind of a Stopwatch"; Vol. 3, "The Parallel; Vol. 10, "Miniature"; and Vol. 12, "Long Live Walter Jameson".
Phillips co-wrote the screenplay for Trespasses and HBO’s Dangerous Touch, and wrote the Miramax feature Ambition. In 2019 Aethon Books announced that it would be publishing Phillips' debut novel, Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira, a science fiction retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name, illustrated by his wife, Yvonne. 
Phillips has been a regular poker player since college. In May 2009, Phillips placed 31st of 403 entrants in the 2009 California State Poker Championship Limit Texas hold 'em. He cashed in the $10,000 July 2009 World Series of Poker World Championship No Limit main event. In a field of 6,494, he was eliminated in the phase from 407 to 185. He started the day in 114th place among the 407 and was busted on the final hand of the day finishing in 186th place and earning $36,626.
Relationships and family
During the making of Trespasses, he met Julie Cypher, an assistant director. They married on September 17, 1987 and divorced on August 5, 1990. Cypher then announced she was a lesbian and started dating Melissa Etheridge.
On the set of the film Shadow of the Wolf (1992), he met Jennifer Tilly to whom he was briefly engaged, although the two never married. He later married Penthouse model and television extra, Kelly Phillips, with whom he has three daughters: Grace and Isabella (twins born in October 1997), and Lili born in September 1999. The couple separated in 2004, their divorce was finalized in July 2007, and the children reside with their mother.
He began dating makeup artist Yvonne Boismier in 2004. They married in August 2007 and their daughter, Indigo, was born in October 2007.
On August 11, 2006, Phillips was arrested for domestic conflict at his Los Angeles home following loud noises coming from the house he shared with his live-in girlfriend and future wife, Yvonne Boismier. In December 2006, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace and was sentenced to three years of probation.
On November 3, 2017, Phillips was arrested in Portland, Texas, after stopping his vehicle to ask a police officer for directions. He was charged with reckless driving. Phillips was released after posting bail. In April 2018, following a plea deal, Phillips was sentenced to two years of probation.
Indian Country Today has reported that Phillips is part Cherokee on his father's side. He has remained close to the Native American community and was adopted by an Oglala Lakota Sioux family in a traditional ceremony in 1991. His Lakota name translates to "Star Keeper". In 1990, Phillips had organized a concert called "The Winds of Life" to benefit Native American causes.
Awards and achievements
- 1989 – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male (Stand and Deliver, 1988)
- 1989 – Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (Stand and Deliver, 1988)
- 1989 – Western Heritage Award Bronze Wrangler Theatrical Motion Picture (Young Guns, 1988). Shared with John Fusco (producer), Christopher Cain (producer), Charlie Sheen (actor), Emilio Estevez (actor), Kiefer Sutherland (actor)
- 1993 – Oxfam America award for his dedication toward ending world hunger
- 1994 – Houston International Film Festival Gold award for Best Theatrical Feature Film for Ultimate Revenge
- 1996 – Tony Award nominee for Best Actor on Broadway (The King And I)
- 1996 – Theater World Award: The King and I
- 1996 – New York Outer Critics Circle: Outstanding Broadway Debut Award of an Actor, The King & I
- 1997 – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Adventure/Drama (Courage Under Fire, 1996)
- 1997 – Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best Supporting Actor (Courage Under Fire, 1996)
- 2001 – Filipinas magazine "Achievement award for Entertainment"
- 2003 – Cinemanila Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award (Philippines)
- 2005 – Asia Pacific Islander Heritage Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Arts
- 2009 – I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!: King of the Jungle
- 2012 – Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off: Winner
Television and film
|1984||Time Bomb||Terrorist||TV movie, uncredited|
|1985||Dallas||Sidewalk Thug||Episode: "Rock Bottom"|
|1987||La Bamba||Ritchie Valens|
|1987||The Three Kings||Tag||TV movie|
|1987||Miami Vice||Detective Bobby Diaz||Episode: "Red Tape"|
|1988||Stand and Deliver||Angel David Guzman||Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male|
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
|1988||Young Guns||Jose Chavez y Chavez|
|1989||Disorganized Crime||Ray Forgy|
|1990||Arduous Moon||Bob||Short film|
|1990||Young Guns II||Jose Chavez y Chavez|
|1990||A Show of Force||Jesus Fuentes|
|1990||The First Power||Russell Logan|
|1990||Demon Wind||Demon||Cameo; uncredited|
|1991||The Dark Wind||Officer Jim Chee|
|1991||General Motors Playwrights Theater||Clash||Episode: "Avenue Z Afternoon"|
|1991||Ambition||Mitchell Osgood||Also writer|
|1991||Sesame Street||Guest||TV series; season 22; 1 episode|
|1992||Shadow of the Wolf||Agaguk|
|1993||Extreme Justice||Detective Jeff Powers|
|1993||Tales from The Crypt||Jerry||Episode: "Oil's Well That Ends Well"|
|1993||The Untold West||Narrator||Episode: "Outlaws, Rebels and Rogues"|
|1994||Dangerous Touch||Mick Burroughs|
|1994||Sioux City||Jesse Rainfeather Goldman|
|1995||The Wharf Rat||Petey Martin||TV movie|
|1996||Courage Under Fire||Staff Sergeant John Monfriez||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Adventure/Drama|
|1996||Undertow||Jack Ketchum||TV movie|
|1997||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Coatl||Episode: "The Shoemaker and the Elves"|
|1998||The Big Hit||Cisco|
|1998||Another Day in Paradise||Jewels||Uncredited|
|1998||Spin City||Nate||Episode: "An Officer and a Gentleman"|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Captain Cotter McCoy||Episode: "Identity Crisis"|
|1998||Adventures from the Book of Virtues||Martín||Episode: "Charity"|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||Roy Knox|
|1999||Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War||Emilio Aguinaldo (voice)||Television documentary film|
|1999||In a Class of His Own||Ricardo 'Rich' Donato||TV movie|
|1999||Bats||Sheriff Emmett Kimsey|
|2000||Picking Up the Pieces||Officer Alfonso|
|2000||A Better Way to Die||William Dexter|
|2001||Knight Club||Dirk Gueron|
|2001||Route 666||Jack La Roca|
|2001||Hangman||Detective Nick Roos||TV movie|
|2001–2002||Wolf Lake||John Kanin / Noah Cassidy||10 episodes|
|2001||Night Visions||Tom Fallor||Episode: "Dead Air/Renovation"|
|2002||24||Mark DeSalvo||2 episodes|
|2002||Stark Raving Mad||Gregory|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Ritchie Almares||Episode: "The Pool Guy"; Also directed "Into the Light"|
|2002||Resurrection Blvd.||Harry Tran||2 episodes|
|2003||George Lopez||George Lopez||Recurring, 2 episodes|
|2003||Red Water||John Sanders||TV movie|
|2003||K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments||Natha (voice)||TV short|
|2003||The Handler||Andy Torres||Episode: "Jar of Spiders"|
|2004||The Trail to Hope Rose||Keenan Deerfield||TV movie|
|2005||Gone, But Not Forgotten||Alan Page||TV movie|
|2005||Murder at the Presidio||CWO James Chandler||TV movie|
|2005||Jack & Bobby||Juan Roberto Alba||Episode: "Legacy"|
|2005||Alien Express||Vic Holden||TV movie|
|2005–2010||Numb3rs||Agent Ian Edgerton||Recurring, 9 episodes|
|2005||The Triangle||Meeno Paloma||TV mini-series, 3 episodes|
|2006||Striking Range||Eugene "Vash" Vasher|
|2006||Aquaman||Tom Curry||TV short|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Victor Paul Gitano||Episode: "Fault"|
|2006||El Cortez||Manny DeSilva|
|2007||Psych||Special Agent Lars Ewing||Episode: "Psy vs. Psy"|
|2007||Termination Point||Dr. Daniel Winter||TV movie|
|2008||Che: Part Two||Mario Monje|
|2008||Death Toll||Mayor Padial|
|2008||Never Forget||Frank Hill|
|2008||Lone Rider||Bobby Hattaway||TV movie|
|2009||The Beast||Capone||Episode: "Capone"|
|2009||Love Takes Wing||Ray Russell||TV movie|
|2009||Angel and the Badman||Quirt Evans||TV movie|
|2009–2011||Stargate Universe||Colonel David Telford||Recurring, 20 episodes|
|2010||American Dad!||Rusty (voice)||Episode: "There Will Be Bad Blood"|
|2011||Chuck||Augusto Gaez||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Cat Squad"|
|2011||Cougar Town||Himself||Episode: "Free Fallin'"|
|2011||Happily Divorced||David||Episode: "A Kiss Is Just a Kiss"|
|2011||Metal Tornado||Michael Edwards||TV movie|
|2011||Criminal Behaviour||Lt. Henry Enriquez||TV movie|
|2012||Filly Brown||Jose Tonorio|
|2012–2017||Longmire||Henry Standing Bear||6 seasons, 53 episodes|
|2012||Southland||Officer Danny Ferguson||2 episodes|
|2012||The Aquabats! Super Show!||The Spirit of the Sun||Episode: "Eagle Claw!"|
|2013||Ironside||Stuart White||Episode: "Hidden Agenda"|
|2014||The Wisdom to Know the Difference||Carlos|
|2014||Hell's Kitchen||Himself||VIP guest diner; Season 13 Episode 12: "7 Chefs Compete"|
|2015||The 33||Luis "Don Lucho" Urzúa|
|2015||Another Period||Yengundo||Episode: "Funeral"|
|2015, 2020||Blindspot||Saúl Guerrero||3 episodes|
|2016||The Night Stalker||Richard Ramirez||TV movie|
|2016–2020||Elena of Avalor||Victor Delgado (voice)||15 episodes|
|2017||Hawaii Five-0||Deputy Marshall Wes Lincoln||Episode: "Ka Laina Ma Ke One"|
|2017||Training Day||Thurman Ballesteros||Episode: "Sunset"|
|2017||The Ranch||Clint, a traveling musician||3 episodes (Part 3)|
|2017||You're the Worst||Himself||Episode: "Dad-Not-Dad"|
|2017||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Jeff Romero||Recurring role|
|2017||Graves||Episode: "They Die Happier"|
|2017||Cop and a Half: New Recruit||Detective Simmons|
|2017||Avenge the Crows||Casper|
|2018||Criminal Minds||Sheriff Clifford Mason||Episode: "Submerged"|
|2018||Urban Country||Warden Tono|
|2018||NCIS: New Orleans||Deputy Chief Gossett||2 episodes|
|2018||Goliath||Oscar Suarez||2 episodes|
|2018–2020||Blue Bloods||Luis Delgado||4 episodes|
|2018||Fear the Walking Dead||Director||Episode: MM 54|
|2019||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Directed "The Other Thing"|
|2019||The Lion Guard||Surak (voice)||7 episodes|
|2019||Big Kill||Johnny Kane||Netflix movie|
|2019–present||Prodigal Son||Gil Arroyo||Main role|
|1987||"La Bamba"||Los Lobos|
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