Lou Diamond Phillips Bio

Lou Diamond Phillips was a Season 1 celebrity contestant on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. Lou’s versatility has allowed him success in theatre, television and feature films as well as in directing, writing and producing. He was seen opposite Edward James Olmos in the film Filly Brown at Sundance 2012 and currently co-stars on the A&E series Longmire opposite Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff.

Lou 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.

Lou 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 a total of six Tony nominations. He also starred in a national tour of Camelot as King Arthur. On television, Lou had a guest-starring role on the season premiere of Southland, Season 4. Earlier, he wrapped a recurring role on ABC’s Cougar Town and the final season of the Syfy series Stargate: Universe.

Lou, 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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