|Lou Diamond Phillips Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||February 17, 1962|
Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director. He is best known for portraying the role of American singer-songwriter Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba (1987) and his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam in the Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I for which he also got a Tony Award nomination. Some of his well-known films are Young Guns (1988), Young Guns II (1990), Courage Under Fire (1996), The Big Hit (1998), Brokedown Palace (1999), Che (2008), and The 33 (2015).
Lou Diamond Upchurch
U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines
Los Angeles, California, United States
Lou attended Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi. Later, to pursue his bachelor of fine arts in the drama, he went to the University of Texas at Arlington.
Actor, Film director, Television Director, Businessman
- Father – Gerald Amon Upchurch (Marine KC-130 crew chief)
- Mother – Lucita Umayam Aranas
- Siblings – Unknown
Lou is represented by Thruline Entertainment, Inc.
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Lou has dated –
- Julie Cypher (1986-1990) – Lou first met assistant director, Julie Cypher during the shooting of Trespasses. They dated for a year and got married on September 17, 1987. However, the marriage did not last long and the couple parted ways on August 5, 1990.
- Ginger Lynn (1990) – In 1990, Lou reportedly had an encounter with the adult film star Ginger Lynn.
- Jennifer Tilly (1990-1994) – Lou and actress Jennifer Tilly first met on the sets of Canadian-French adventure film Shadow of the Wolf. The couple got engaged in between but broke up in 1994.
- Jerri Manthey (1992) – In 1992, Lou was rumored to be dating actress Jerri Manthey.
- Kelly Phillips (1993-2007) – Lou first met the Penthouse model and television extra Kelly Phillips in 1993. The couple dated for a year and tied the knot on April 24, 1994. They are parents to 3 daughters – twins Grace Moorea and Isabella Patricia (b. October 1997), and Lili Jordan (b. September 1999). The couple got divorced on July 30, 2007.
- Yvonne Boismier Phillips (2004-Present) – In 2004, Lou started dating makeup artist, Yvonne Boismier. The couple tied the knot in August 2007. Together they are parents to a daughter, Indigo, who was born in October 2007.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (White and Asian)
He has English, Scots-Irish and Northern Irish ancestry on his father’s side and is of Filipino descent on his mother’s side.
Lou has done advertisement work for California PTA in the past.
Best Known For
- Portraying the role of American singer-songwriter Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba (1987)
- His portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam in the Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I for which he also got a Tony Award nomination
Lou made his theatrical film debut in American science fiction film Interface as Punk #1 in 1984.
First TV Show
He made his first TV show appearance on the prime time television soap opera Dallas as Sidewalk Thug in 1985.
Lou keeps himself in shape by working out on a regular basis. He also involves a good session of cardio in his routine.
Lou Diamond Phillips Favorite Things
- Character He Played – Cisco in The Big Hit
Source – IMDb
Lou Diamond Phillips Facts
- As his father was a marine, Lou was named after a US Marine Leland Lou Diamond and later after his father’s death, he took up the surname of his step-father.
- The first film he did was called Trespasses and was a low budget film.
- He got his first big break in the American biographical film La Bamba in 1987 where he played the role of singer-songwriter Ritchie Valens.
- After working in the films, he got a chance to star in the Miami Vice‘s episode titled Red Tape in March 1987, where he portrayed detective Bobby Diaz and also acted in a movie titled American Me.
- In 1988, he acted alongside Edward James Olmos in the inner-city high school drama Stand and Deliver. In the film, he played the character of Angel David Guzman, a cholo gangster who is inspired by his math teacher, Jaime Escalante, to excel at calculus and for mastering the subject, he develops a friendship with his teacher. Lou was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture” and went on to win the Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Male” for the same.
- Although Stand and Deliver was filmed before La Bamba, it released a year later in 1988.
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