Lou Diamond Phillips

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Lou Diamond Phillips

Born

2/17/1962, Cubi Point Naval Hospital, Philippines

Birth Name

Louis Diamond Upchurch

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Lou Diamond, Louis Diamond Upchurch
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7.5
out of 10
User Rating
80 votes

Biography

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Lou Diamond Phillips was born 17th February 1962 in the Philippines. Filipino, Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish, Scottish/Irish, and eighth Cherokee Indian origins gave him his unusual good looks and brought him main leads in movies. Named after the World War 2 hero Leland 'Lou' Diamond, he seemed destined for…more

Credits

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Lou lent his voice to The Word of Promise, a dramatized audio book of the New Testament. He is the voice of the Apostle Mark.

    • Lou credits the movie La Bamba as the project he is most proud of.

    • Lou's favourite books are The Stand by Stephen King, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, Illusions by Richard Bach, Watership Down by Richard Adams, and The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.

    • Lou's favorite TV programs are 24, ER and Friends.

    • Lou's favourite movies are Blade Runner, The Godfather 1 and 2 and Casablanca.

    • Lou's stage credits include:
      - Burning Desire (2005)
      - The King and I (2004)
      - Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen (2002)
      - The King And I (1996) - On Broadway
      - The Good Person of Setzuan (1994)
      - Burning Desire (1996) (also wrote)
      - A Hatful Of Rain
      - Whose Life is It Anyway?
      - Doctor Faustus
      - Hamlet
      - The Lady's Not For Burning
      - P.S Your Cat Is Dead

    • In 2005, Lou won the Asia Pacific Islander Heritage Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Arts.

    • In 2003, Lou was the recipient of the Cinemanila Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • In 2001, Lou was the recipient of Filipinas Magazine Achievement award for Entertainment.

    • In 1997, Lou received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Supporting Actor in an Adventure/Drama for his role in Courage Under Fire. He also won the Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie.

    • In 1996, Lou was a Tony Award nominee for Best Actor on Broadway for his role in The King And I. He also received a 'Theatre World Award' for the production and a 'New York Outer Critics Circle: Outstanding Broadway Debut Award of an Actor'.

    • In 1994, Lou won the Houston International Film Festival Gold award for 'Best Theatrical Feature Film' for his role in Ultimate Revenge.

    • In 1993, Lou was given an Oxfam America award for his dedication towards ending world hunger.

    • In 1989, Lou won the Independent Spirit Award for 'Best Supporting Male' for his role in Stand and Deliver. He was also a Golden Globe award nominee for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture' for the movie.

    • Lou's favourite band is Pink Floyd.

    • On August 11th, 2006, Lou was arrested for alleged domestic violence towards his girlfriend. LA Police confirmed that he was arrested at his home following a dispute with his girlfriend, Yvonne Boismier. His bail was set at $50,000, but his publicist said he was released on his own recognizance.
      On September 21st, 2006, prosecutors in Los Angeles decided against using arbitration and filed a charge of battery against Lou instead. His arraignment was scheduled for October 18, 2006.

    • As a teenager, Lou worked at 'Whataburger'.

    • Lou's favourite song is Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

    • Lou worked as an assistant director and instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

    • Lou frequently plays with the band, 'The Pipefitters with Lou Diamond Phillips'.

    • In January of 2005 Lou's second wife, Kelly Phillips, filed for divorce. They have 3 daughters together: Lili Jordan (born September 26, 1999 in L.A), and twins, Grace and Isabella, (born October 5, 1997).

    • Lou is 5'9" tall.

    • Lou attended Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama.

    • Lou is an only child. His step father is George Phillips, a naval officer. Lou was named after Gunnery Sergeant Lou Diamond, and gets his last name from his step father. Lou is of Spanish, Scottish/Irish, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Cherokee ancestry.

    • Lou met his first wife, Julie Cypher, while he was starring in Trespasses. Julie was an assistant director on the movie. They married on September 17th, 1986, later divorcing on August 5th, 1990. Julie divorced him in order to begin a relationship with singer Melissa Etheridge.

  • Quotes

    • Lou: Simply surviving in this business is a feat.

    • Lou: (asked who – or what – has had the biggest influence on his career) Probably my mentor, Adam Rourke. He's no longer with us, but this was the guy who was a contract player with Universal in the '50s, did all the biker movies in the early '70s, and he taught me not only acting and film technique, but respect for the craft. Beyond that, he was always honest with his students about his mistakes. About the cost of arrogance, the cost of addiction, the cost of playing the game as opposed to paying attention to the work. His lessons have been with me forever.

    • Lou: (asked which project he feels didn't live up to what he envisioned) Oh... god... how much time do you have? You know what? Supernova.

    • Lou: (on his most important professional accomplishment to date) Wow... well, obviously, getting launched in La Bamba was a big thing. But the year that I was on Broadway in The King and I and nominated for a Tony, and had Courage Under Fire come out, I think that was a benchmark year for me.

    • Lou: Although a lot of pain for a little screen time; Shaving legs, waxing eyebrows, high heels, trying to put on a bra, losing weight because women's clothes are SO revealing - Ladies you have my respect.

    • Lou: Sometimes I only hope to make a good popcorn movie.

    • Lou: Action films are not necessarily my favourite type of movie but I certainly have fun doing them and they are probably the most often made films in Hollywood. Taking part in situations that I would never do in real life (fight scenes, wielding a machine gun, putting myself near an explosion in Red Water among other things) appeals to the boy in me and can be part of that 'I can't believe they're paying me to do this' mentality.

    • Lou: Approach every film with the same enthusiasm, regardless of its budget.

SUBMIT REVIEW
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    6.0
    Lou Diamond Phillips is definitely one of those actors that never gets enough credit. The man has been in so many cool movies, but he doesn't receive to much critical acclaim. Plus, he stays out of the media spotlight, which, in my eyes, is a good thing.
  • I think Lou Diamond Phillips is such an underrated actor. Perhaps he is not in the league of a Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp or Tom Hanks, but the roles that he has done or has been offered probably has something to do with that also.moreless

    8.9
    I think Lou Diamond Phillips is such an underrated actor. Perhaps he is not in the league of a Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks, but the roles that he has done or has been offered probably has something to do with that also.



    I think he was great in La Bamba (1987) and perhaps my favorite role of his was Monfriez in Courage Under Fire (1996). I also enjoyed his work in Route 666. And I think many people remember him from Young Guns I & II.



    He has been appearing on more TV roles in the last few years. Episodes of 24, Law & Order SVU, etc.moreless
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