Phillips, Lou Diamond 1962–

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PHILLIPS, Lou Diamond 1962


Original name, Lou Diamond Upchurch; born February 17, 1962, at Subic Bay U.S. Naval Station, Philippines; son of Gerald (a naval officer) and Lucy Upchurch; stepson of George Phillips (a naval officer); married Julie Cypher (a director), June 27, 1987 (some sources cite 1986; divorced, c. 1991); married Kelly Preston (a model), April 24, 1994; children: (second marriage) Isabella Patricia, Grace Moorea, Lili Jordan. Education: University of Texas at Arlington, B.F.A., 1984; studied acting at Adam Rourke's Film Actors Lab, Dallas, TX.

Addresses: Agent Ruthanne Secunda, United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager J. B. Roberts, Thruline Entertainment, 9250 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actor, director, and writer. Adam Rourke's Film Actors Lab, Dallas, TX, assistant director and instructor, 198386; also appeared with the band the Pipefitters.

Awards, Honors: Independent Spirit Award, best supporting male, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture, both 1989, for Stand and Deliver; Bronze Wrangler Award, outstanding theatrical motion picture (with others), Western Heritage Awards, 1989, for Young Guns; Oxam America Award, 1993, for work to end world hunger; Theatre World Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, outstanding debut of an actor, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, all 1996, for The King and I; Lone Star Film and Television Award, best supporting actor, and Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite supporting actor in an adventure or drama movie, both 1997, for Courage under Fire.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Terrorist, Time Bomb, 1984.

First punk, Interface, 1984.

Drifter, Trespasses, Shapiro, 1987.

Ritchie Valens, La Bamba, Columbia, 1987.

Angel Guzman, Stand and Deliver, Warner Bros., 1988.

Jose Chavez y Chavez, Young Guns, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1988.

John Dakota (title role), Dakota, Miramax, 1988.

Hank Storm, Renegades, Universal, 1989.

Ray Forgy, Disorganized Crime (also known as Disorganised Crime ), Buena Vista, 1989.

Jose Chavez y Chavez, Young Guns II (also known as Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1990.

Jesus Fuentes, A Show of Force, Paramount, 1990.

Russell Logan, The First Power (also known as Pentagram and Transit ), Orion, 1990.

Title role, Harley, Trimark Home Video, 1990.

Demon Wind, 1990.

Mitchell Osgood, Ambition, Miramax, 1991.

English voice, The Panama Deception (documentary), Empowerment Project, 1992.

Agaguk, Shadow of the Wolf (also known as Agaguk ), Triumph Releasing, 1993.

Officer Jim Chee, The Dark Wind, Live Home Video, 1993.

Jesse Rainfeather Goldman, Sioux City (also known as Ultimate Revenge ), IRS Releasing, 1994.

Mick Burrows, Dangerous Touch, Trimark Pictures, 1994.

Wheeler, Teresa's Tattoo, Trimark Pictures, 1994.

Hassan, Boulevard, Norstar Entertainment, 1994.

(Uncredited) Hourglass (also known as The Hitcher '95 ), 1995.

Sergeant Monfriez, Courage under Fire, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1996.

(Uncredited) Jules, Another Day in Paradise, Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Cisco, The Big Hit (also known as Warheads ), TriStar, 1998.

Yerzy Penalosa, Supernova, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1999.

Roy Knox, Brokedown Palace, TwentiethCenturyFox, 1999.

Officer Alonso (some sources cite Alfonso), Picking Up the Pieces, KushnerLocke, 1999.

Sheriff Emmett Kimsey, Bats, Columbia, 1999.

Knight Club, American World Pictures, 2001.

Jack La Roca, Route 666, Trimark Pictures, 2001.

Jack Lucas, Malevolent, Cinetel, 2002.

Mr. Gregory, Stark Raving Mad, Newmarket Capital Group, 2002.

Narrator, An Untold Triumph: America's Filipino Soldiers, 2002.

Himself, Naked Movie, Seven Arts Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, Stunt C*cks, Legacy Group Productions, 2003.

Walters, Absolon, Hannibal Pictures, 2003.

Wanda, Hollywood Homicide, Columbia, 2003.

Also appeared in Angel Alley and Walking on Water.

Film Work:

Associate producer, Dakota, Miramax, 1988.

Director, Dangerous Touch, Trimark Pictures, 1994.

Director, Sioux City (also known as Ultimate Revenge ), IRS Releasing, 1994.

Television Appearances; Series:

John Kanin, Wolf Lake, CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Tag, The Three Kings, ABC, 1987.

Jeff Powers, Extreme Justice (also known as SIS, S.I.S. Extreme Justice, and Special Investigation Section ), HBO, 1993.

Petey Martin, The Wharf Rat, Showtime, 1995.

Jack Ketchum, Undertow, Showtime, 1996.

Ricardo "Rich" Donato, In a Class of His Own, Showtime, 1999.

Special Agent William "Bill" Dexter, A Better Way to Die, HBO, 2000.

Detective Nick Roos, Hangman, The Movie Channel, 2001.

Bart, Lone Hero, HBO, 2002.

Sanders, Red Water, TBS, 2003.

Also appeared in Guilty or Innocent, This Property Is Condemned, and The Zero Hour Comedy Hour.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Detective Bobby Diaz, "Red Tape," Miami Vice, NBC, 1987.

Jerry, "Oil's Well That Ends Well," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1993.

Voice of Caotl, "The Shoemaker and the Elves," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), 1995.

Voice, Adventures from the Book of Virtues, PBS, 1996.

Himself and the priest, Mad TV, Fox, 1998.

Captain Cotter McCoy, "Identity Crisis," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated, 1998.

Nate, "An Officer and a Gentleman," Spin City, ABC, 1998.

Nate, "That's Entertainment," Spin City, ABC, 1999.

Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, multiple appearances between 1999 and 2003.

Interviewee, The Martin Short Show, syndicated, 1999.

"Fielding Offers," Arli$$, HBO, 2001.

Tom Fowler, "Dead Air," Night Visions, Fox, 2001.

Mark DeSalvo, "7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.," 24, Fox, 2002.

Mark DeSalvo, "8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.," 24, Fox, 2002.

Harry Tran, "Nino del Polvo," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2002.

Harry Tran, "Resureccion," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, 2002.

Pool cleaner, "The Pool Guy," The Twilight Zone, UPN, 2002.

George L., George Lopez, 2002.

Also appeared on Dallas, CBS.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, Teen Times, syndicated, 1988.

An AllStar Celebration: The '88 Vote, ABC, 1988.

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake, PBS, 1991.

What about Me? I'm Only 3!, CBS, 1992.

Voice of Julian Riklon, Home on the Range, PBS, 1992.

Rock the Vote, Fox, 1992.

In a New Light, ABC, 1992.

Clash, "Avenue Z Afternoon," General Motors Playwrights Theatre, Arts & Entertainment, 1992.

Wind in the Wire, ABC, 1993.

Narrator, "Outlaws, Rebels, and Rogues," The Untold West (documentary), TBS, 1993.

Host, Farm Aid VI, The Nashville Network, 1993.

Cal, Override, Showtime, 1994.

Latin Nights: An AllStar Celebration, ABC, 1995.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1996.

Voice of Camel cigarette, Smoke Alarm: The Unfiltered Truth about Cigarettes, HBO, 1996.

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western, TNT, 1997.

The Christmas Concert of Hope Starring Natalie Cole, CBS, 1997.

Voices of Eliahu Rosenberg and Abba Kovner, The Trial of Adolf Eichmann, PBS, 1997.

The 67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, UPN, 1998.

Interviewee, The Day the Music Died, VH1, 1999.

Narrator, The Surf Ballroom, PBS, 1999.

Host, E! RacknRoll: Behind the Scenes, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Voice of Emilio Aguinaldo, Crucible of Empire: The SpanishAmerican War, PBS, 1999.

Narrator, In the Company of Horses, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Deputy district attorney, The Adversaries, NBC, 1998.

Noah Cassidy, Wolf Lake, CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards, syndicated, 1988.

Presenter, The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1995.

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1997.

Television Director; Episodic:

Director of "Blank Slate," an episode of The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated; and "Venguenza," an episode of Resurrection Blvd., Showtime.

Stage Appearances:

(Broadway debut) The King of Siam, The King and I, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, between 1996 and 1999.

Appeared in regional theatre productions of Doctor Faustus, Hamlet, A Hatful of Rain, The Lady's Not for Burning, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, and Whose Life Is It Anyway?



Himself, Michael Jackson: HIStory on FilmVolume II, 1997.

Himself, Bats Abound, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1999.

Appeared in the music video "La Bamba" by Los Lobos.


The King and I (cast recording), 1997.



(With Loren Bivens and Jo Carol Pierce) Trespasses, Shapiro, 1987.

Ambition, Miramax, 1991.

Dangerous Touch, Trimark Pictures, 1994.



Entertainment Weekly, July 26, 1996, p. 33.

Movieline, Volume 7, number 11, 1996, pp. 5661; November, 1999, p. 13.

People Weekly, June 3, 1996, p. 100.

Texas Monthly, September, 1996, p. 130.

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