Lou Diamond Phillips’ versatility has allowed him success in theatre, television and feature films as well as directing, writing and producing. He can next be seen opposite Edward James Olmos in the film Filly Brown at Sundance 2012, and on the new A&E series Longmire opposite Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor.
Phillips first came to the public’s attention when he starred as Richie Valens in La Bamba. He then solidified his reputation in Stand and Deliver, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and received a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nomination. Phillips also co-starred in Ed Zwick’s critically acclaimed drama, Courage Under Fire, where he received strong reviews and a Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actor. Recently he starred in CHE, alongside Benicio Del Toro and Benjamin Bratt. Other notable film credits include Supernova, Hollywood Homicide, Young Guns, The Big Hit, Brokedown Palace and El Cortez.
Phillips earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor, for his performance as the King of Siam in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s, The King and I, which received six Tony nominations in all. He recently starred in the national tour of Camelot, as King Arthur. On television, next up for Phillips is a guest star role on the season premiere of the fourth season of Southland. Earlier this year, he wrapped a recurring role on ABC’s Cougar Town and the final season of the SyFy series Stargate: Universe.
Phillips, originally born in the Philippines, was raised in Texas. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Yvonne. He has four daughters: Indigo, Grace, Isabella and Lili.
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