Lou Diamond Phillips
|Lou Diamond Phillips|
Lou Diamond Phillips, August 2007
|Born||Lou Diamond Upchurch
February 17, 1962
Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines
|Occupation||Actor, film director, television director|
|Spouse(s)||Julie Cypher (1987–1990)
Kelly Phillips (1994–2007)
Yvonne Marie Boismier (2007–present)
Lou Diamond Phillips (né Upchurch; born February 17, 1962) is an American actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred in the film La Bamba (1987) as Ritchie Valens. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Stand and Deliver (1988), and a Tony Award nomination for his role in The King and I (1996). Other notable films in which Phillips has starred include Courage Under Fire (1996), Che (2008) and The 33 (2015). He currently stars as Henry Standing Bear in the TV series Longmire.
Phillips was born at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines, the son of Lucita Umayam Arañas and Gerald Amon Upchurch, a crew chief on a C-130 in the United States Marine Corps. His father was an American of Scots-Irish and one-quarter Cherokee descent, and his mother, a native of Candelaria, Zambales, is Filipina, with distant Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, and Spanish ancestry.
The first low-budget film in which he starred was called Trespasses. Phillips' big break came with the starring role in 1987's La Bamba, in which he played early rocker Ritchie Valens. Prior to his cinematic breakthrough, he starred in the Miami Vice episode "Red Tape" (13 Mar 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 a Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture". He plays Angel 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 1988 and 1990, Phillips co-starred with Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland in the Western films Young Guns and Young Guns II, in which he plays Jose Chavez y Chavez, a historical Old West outlaw.
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.
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".
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. Lou 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.
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 placed in the money at the $10,000 July 2009 World Series of Poker World Championship No Limit main event. He was eliminated as the original field of 6,494 was trimmed from 407 to 185. He entered the day in 114th place among the 407 and was eliminated on the final hand of the day finishing in 186th place and earning $36,626.
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, winning $50,000 for his charity.
In June 2012, Philips began co-starring in Longmire, about a modern-day sheriff played by Robert Taylor. Phillips plays Henry Standing Bear, a Native American, who is Longmire's good 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 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 makes guest appearances on their TV program on ABC.
In 2016, Philips portrayed serial killer Richard Ramirez in The Night Stalker.
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. Julie then announced she was a lesbian and became a partner to Melissa Etheridge.
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 had three daughters: Grace Moorea and Isabella Patricia (twins born on October 5, 1997), and Lili Jordan born September 1999. They all reside with their mother. The two separated in 2004. Their divorce was finalized in July 2007.
He began dating makeup artist Yvonne Boismier in 2004. They married in August 2007. Their daughter, Indigo Sanara Phillips, was born in October 2007.
On August 11, 2006, he was arrested for domestic violence at his Los Angeles home following a dispute with his live-in girlfriend and future wife, makeup artist Yvonne Boismier. In December 2006, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of domestic battery and was sentenced to three years of probation. He also was ordered to undergo one year of domestic violence counseling and to serve 200 hours of community service.
Phillips has been an outspoken advocate of the Filipino Equity Act, legislation to extend the same benefits to World War II veterans from the Philippines as have been available to U.S. World War II veterans.
Phillips is very close to the Native American community. In 1990, he was adopted by the Sioux tribe, although he is Cherokee by blood. "Star Keeper" is his Sioux name. That year, he also organized a concert, 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 Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a 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
|1984||Time Bomb||Terrorist||TV movie, uncredited|
|1985||Dallas||Sidewalk Thug||TV series; season 9. episode: "Rock Bottom"|
|1987||La Bamba||Ritchie Valens|
|1987||The Three Kings||Tag||TV movie|
|1987||Miami Vice||Detective Bobby Diaz||TV series; season 3; episode: "Red Tape"|
|1988||Stand and Deliver||Angel Guzman||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|
|1991||The Dark Wind||Officer Jim Chee|
|1991||The General Motors Playwrights Theater||Clash||TV series; season 2; episode: "Avenue Z Afternoon"|
|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||TV series; season 5; episode: "Oil's Well That Ends Well"|
|1993||The Untold West||Narrator||TV series; season 1; 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||TV series; season 2; episode: "The Shoemaker and the Elves"|
|1998||The Big Hit||Cisco|
|1998||Another Day in Paradise||Jewels||Uncredited|
|1998||Spin City||Nate||TV series; Season 3; Episode: "An Officer and a Gentleman"|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Captain Cotter McCoy||TV series; season 4; episode: "Identity Crisis"|
|1998||Adventures from the Book of Virtues||Martín||TV series; season 2; episode: "Charity"|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||Roy Knox|
|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||TV series; 1 season; 10 episodes|
|2001||Night Visions||Tom Fallor||TV series; 1 season; episode: "Dead Air/Renovation"|
|2002||24||Mark DeSalvo||TV series; season 1; 2 episodes|
|2002||Stark Raving Mad||Gregory|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Ritchie Almares||TV revival; 1 season; episode: "The Pool Guy"|
|2002||Resurrection Blvd.||Harry Tran||TV series; season 3; 2 episodes|
|2003||George Lopez||George Lopez||TV series; 2 episodes; recurring|
|2003||Red Water||John Sanders||TV movie|
|2003||K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments||Natha||TV short, voice|
|2003||The Handler||Andy Torres||TV series; 1 season; 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||TV series; 1 season; episode: "Legacy"|
|2005||Alien Express||Vic Holden||TV movie|
|2005–2010||Numb3rs||Agent Ian Edgerton||TV series; 9 episodes; Recurring|
|2005||The Triangle||Meeno Paloma||TV miniseries; 1 season; 3 episodes|
|2006||Striking Range||Eugene "Vash" Vasher|
|2006||Aquaman||Tom Curry||TV short|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Victor Paul Gitano||TV series; season 7; episode: "Fault"|
|2006||El Cortez||Manny DeSilva|
|2007||Psych||Special Agent Lars Ewing||TV series; season 2; 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||TV series; 1 season; 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||TV series; 20 episodes; recurring|
|2010||American Dad!||Rusty||TV series; season 7; episode: "There Will Be Bad Blood"; boice|
|2011||Chuck||Augusto Gaez||TV series; season 4; episode: "Chuck Versus the Cat Squad"|
|2011||Cougar Town||Himself||TV series; season 2; episode: "Free Fallin'"|
|2011||Happily Divorced||David||TV series; season 1; 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|
|2012–2015||Longmire||Henry Standing Bear||TV series; 43 episodes|
|2012||Southland||Officer Danny Ferguson||TV series; season 4; 2 episodes|
|2012||The Aquabats! Super Show!||The Spirit of the Sun||TV series; season 1; episode: "Eagle Claw!"|
|2013||Ironside||Stuart White||TV series; 1 season; episode: "Hidden Agenda"|
|2014||The Wisdom to Know the Difference||Carlos|
|2015||The 33||Luis "Don Lucho" Urzúa|
|2015||Another Period||Yengundo||TV series; 1 season; episode: "Funeral"|
|2015||Blindspot||Saúl Guerrero||TV series; 1 season; 2 episodes|
|2016||The Night Stalker||Richard Ramirez||TV movie|
- Lou Diamond Upchurch's Birth Certificate
- Lou Diamond Phillips Biography
- "The Return of the Native". Starweek Magazine. 1999.; no longer online, transcript at http://www.ritchievalens.org/thereturnofthenative.html
- Second Generation
- Honeycutt, Kirk (1990-08-19). "Lou Diamond Phillips: From Young Gun to Young Writer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- My name is Lou Diamond Phillips, an American citizen of Filipino descent Archived June 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- LA Times: Pipefitters: A Diamond Is Their Ace in the Hole
- IBDb Archived August 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Broadway World.com. Accessed on February 24 2008
- "Lou Diamond Phillips: The Mayor of Pokerville". Bluff. January 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
- "2009 California State Poker Championship: Limit Hold'em". Bluff. 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
- "2009 40th Annual World Series of Poker: World Championship NL Texas Hold'em (Event 57)". Harrah's License Company, LLC. July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
- Stutz, Howard (2009-07-13). "WSOP giant falls; '08 champ still in: Final table of nine expected on Wednesday". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
- "2009 40th Annual World Series of Poker: World Championship NL Texas Hold'em (Event 57)". Harrah's License Company, LLC. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter
- "Hollywood star Lou Diamond Phillips to replace injured star of King and I " by Catherine Lambert, Herald Sun, 2 July 2014
- Lou Diamond Phillips and Kelly Preston Divorce
- People magazine, August 11, 2006
- "Lou Diamond Phillips sentenced to probation". MSN.
- Resolution HR 4574 Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2006
- Phillips Finds Success With Versatility
- Honeycutt, Kirk (August 19, 1990). "Lou Diamond Phillips: From Young Gun to Young Writer". Los Angeles Times.
- "Bloodlines – Cast". BloodlinesMovie.com. Archived from the original on 2008-04-14.
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