Lou Diamond Phillips


Date Of Birth

February 17, 1962


Actor Lou Diamond Phillips was born on February 17, 1962 at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines. Named after a Marine legend, he adopted his surname after his stepfather. He began his career in the late 1980s, appearing on a number of low-budget films before his big break. In 1987, he rose to fame playing the rocker Richie Valens in the movie La Bamba.

Though praised by critics for his performance, Lou Diamond Phillips soon found it difficult to find other leading roles in Hollywood films. The next year, he opted to star alongside Edward James Olmos in the drama Stand and Deliver. Soon, he was seen in Young Guns and its sequel, working with Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland. He gained further experience in the field, appearing in movies like The Dark Wind, Courage Under Fire and Dangerous Touch. In 1996, Phillips made his debut on Broadway. He played the King in the production of The King and I by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. This enabled the actor to receive a Theatre World Award, in addition to being nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award.

In 1998, Lou Diamond Phillips graced the screens once again when he starred with Mark Wahlberg in the comedy-action flick The Big Hit. He also began appearing on television, getting small parts in Spin City and The Outer Limits. In 2000, Phillips was cast in A Better Way to Die and Supernova. He also continued his career on the small screen, portraying the secret agent Mark DeSalvo on the series 24 and as an FBI agent and sniper in Numb3rs. Other roles of his have been in Route 666, Stark Raving Mad, and 2003’s Hollywood Homicide. Phillips has also been seen on Psych, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Stargate Universe and became a contestant in the reality TV competition I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. He emerged as the winner, and has since continued joining poker championships in the country.


Place of Birth

Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines

Birth Name

Lou Diamond Upchurch




2011: Longmire (TV movie) - Henry
2011: Filly Brown - Jose
2011: Cougar Town (TV series) - Himself
2011: Metal Tornado (TV movie) - Michael Edwards
2009-2011: SGU Stargate Universe (TV series) - Colonel David Telford
2011: Chuck (TV series) - Gaez
2011: Criminal Behavior (TV movie) - Lt. Henry Enriquez
2008-2010: Iron Chef America: The Series (TV series documentary) - ICA Judge
2010: American Dad! (TV series) - Rusty
2010: Transparency - David
2005-2010: Numb3rs (TV series) - Agent Ian Edgerton
2010: The Invited - Garrett
2009: 2009 World Series of Poker (TV series) - Himself
2009: I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (TV series) - Himself
2009: Angel and the Bad Man (TV movie) - Quirt Evans
2009: Carny (TV movie) - Atlas
2009: Love Takes Wing (TV movie) - Ray Russell
2009: The Beast (TV series) - Capone
2008: Che: Part Two - Mario Monje
2008: Lone Rider (TV movie) - Bobby Hattaway
2008: Never Forget - Frank Hill
2008: Death Toll - Mayor Padial
2007: Psych (TV series) - Special Agent Lars Ewing
2007: Aquaman (TV movie) - Tom Curry
2007: Termination Point (TV movie) - Dr. Daniel Winter
2007: Backyards & Bullets (TV movie)
2006: Striking Range - Eugene "Vash" Vasher
2006: Fingerprints - Doug
2006: El Cortez - Manny DeSilva
2006: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Victor Paul Gitano
2006: Laws of Chance (TV series)
2005: Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin Present The Triangle (TV mini-series) - Meeno Paloma
2005: Sci Fi Inside: 'The Triangle' (TV movie) - Meeno Paloma
2005: X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (Video Game) - Forge (voice)
2005: Alien Express (TV movie) - Vic Holden
2005: Jack & Bobby (TV series) - Juan Roberto Alba
2005: Murder at the Presidio (TV movie) - CWO James Chandler
2005: Gone But Not Forgotten (TV movie) - Alan Page
2004: X-Men Legends (Video Game) - Forge (voice)
2004: The Trail to Hope Rose (TV movie) - Keenan Deerfield
2003: George Lopez (TV series) - George Lopez
2003: The Handler (TV series) - Andy Torres
2003: Red Water (TV movie) - John Sanders
2003: Hollywood Homicide - Wanda
2003: Absolon - Agent Walters
2003: Storyline Online (TV series)
2003: Kids' Ten Commandments: A Life and Seth Situation (video short) - Natha (voice)
2002: The Twilight Zone (TV series) - Ritchie Almares
2002: Resurrection Blvd. (TV series) - Harry Tran
2002: 6th Annual Prism Awards (TV movie)
2002: Stark Raving Mad - Smith Gregory
2002: Malevolent - Jack Lucas
2001-2002: Wolf Lake (TV series) - John Kanin/Noah Cassidy
2002: 24 (TV series) - Mark DeSalvo
2002: Lone Hero - Bart
2001: Route 666 - Jack La Roca
2001: Night Visions (TV series) - Tom Fowler
2001: Arli$$ (TV series)
2001: Knight Club - Dirk Gueron
2001: Hangman (TV movie) - Detective Nick Roos
2000: A Better Way to Die - William Dexter
2000: Picking Up the Pieces - Officer Alfonso
2000: Supernova - Yerzy Penalosa
1999: Bats - Sheriff Emmett Kimsey
1999: In a Class of His Own (TV movie) - Ricardo 'Rich' Donato
1999: Brokedown Palace - Roy Knox
1998: Spin City (TV series) - Nate
1998: Another Day in Paradise - Jewels
1998: The Big Hit - Cisco
1998: The Outer Limits (TV series) - Captain Cotter McCoy
1998: Adventures from the Book of Virtues (TV series) - Martín
1998: The Adversaries (TV movie)
1996: Courage Under Fire - Monfriez
1996: Undertow (TV movie) - Jack Ketchum
1995: Hourglass (video)
1995: The Wharf Rat (TV movie) - Petey Martin
1994: Override (TV short) - Cal
1994: Boulevard - Hassan
1994: Sioux City - Jesse Rainfeather Goldman
1994: Teresa's Tattoo - Wheeler
1994: Dangerous Touch - Mick Burroughs
1993: The Untold West (TV series) - Narrator
1993: Tales from the Crypt (TV series) - Jerry
1993: Wind in the Wire (TV movie)
1993: Extreme Justice - Jeff Powers
1992: Shadow of the Wolf - Agaguk
1991: The Dark Wind - Officer Jim Chee
1991: Harley - Harley
1991: Ambition - Mitchell Osgood
1991: The General Motors Playwrights Theater (TV series) - Clash
1990: Young Guns II - 'Jose' Chavez y Chavez
1990: Demon Wind
1990: A Show of Force - Jesus Fuentes
1990: The First Power - Russell Logan
1989: Renegades - Hank Storm
1989: Disorganized Crime - Ray Forgy
1988: Dakota - John Dakota
1988: Young Guns - 'Jose' Chavez y Chavez
1988: Stand and Deliver - Angel Guzman
1987: The Three Kings (TV movie) - Tag
1987: La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
1987: Miami Vice (TV series) - Detective Bobby Diaz
1986: Trespasses - The Drifters
1985: Dallas (TV series) - Sidewalk Thug
1985: Interface - Punk 1
1984: Time Bomb (TV movie) - Terrorist

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