Lou Diamond Phillips
American film, television, and stage actor
Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips is an American film, television, and stage actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred in the film La Bamba. He earned a supporting actor Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Stand and Deliver and a Tony Award nomination for his role in The King and I. Other notable films in which Phillips has starred include Courage Under Fire, Che, and Love Takes Wing. The movie la bamba was a huge hit when it came out.
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Met Director Fears Elimination Of NEA Marks 'New Assault' On Art
Huffington Post - 5 days
In an impassioned (but not quite scorched-earth) op-ed for The New York Times, Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas P. Campbell issued a swift and effective defense of public art in the United States.  “Arts and cultural programming challenges, provokes and entertains; it enhances our lives,” he wrote. “Eliminating the NEA would in essence eliminate investment by the American government in the curiosity and intelligence of its citizens.” His defense ― a paean to the National Endowment of the Arts, in particular ― comes after rumors-turned-reports alleged that President Donald Trump’s administration plans to slash arts funding in an attempt to cut down on domestic spending. “Eliminating arts funding programs will save Donald Trump just 0.0625% of budget,” outlets have claimed. Nonetheless, it appears as though his office is ready to eliminate nine programs, including the NEA. Campbell anticipates that regions around the country, not just those within walking distance of ...
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'Longmire' Saddles Up For Season Five On Netflix
Huffington Post - 4 months
TV Review - Jackie K Cooper "Longmire/Season 5" (Netflix) The fifth season of "Longmire" is now available on Netflix and that is welcome news to its fans. This "modern western" is one of television 's most enjoyable series. The show started out on A&E in 2012 but was cancelled by them in 2014. To the delight of fans of the show Netflix picked the series up and now airs new seasons there. The show has gotten even better at its new home. Robert Taylor stars as lawman Walt Longmire. As this year's season starts we find Walt recovering from an attack on his home which jeopardized his life and that of his new girlfriend Donna (Ally Walker). Someone obviously wants him dead and there is a long list of suspects. Interesting mysteries such as this fill out the episodes. Some stories come to a conclusion within the episode and others stretch out over several chapters or even the entire season. Regardless of how long they last they each makes up the mosaic of the Lon ...
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Film Review: 'The 33'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photo Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures I haven't been held in such suspense since I jumped the Corinth canal only to have my bungee snap off; The 33 showcases the human condition in all its complexities. In 2010, 33 miners in Chile were buried alive by a mine explosion and left with only three days of food to survive. It would take 69 days and an international effort to bring all 33 miners to safety and above ground. How did they survive? And what can audiences learn from their decision to persevere against all odds. 200 stories beneath ground level with their only exit blocked by a boulder twice the mass of the empire state building, the miners mobilized in ways that would stun and magnetize viewers globally. The story of the explosion serves as a backdrop to introduce the based on real life 33 miners who were sent by a mining company to collect gold and copper in a mine they had been forewarned was fatally unstable. What do you do when faced with the decision to trust y ...
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Mine rescue miracle story hits the big screen
CNN - over 1 year
The stars of the new movie "33" Antonio Banderas and Lou Diamond Phillips join CNN's Jake Tapper.
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Lou Diamond Phillips honors Chilean miners in 'The 33'
Fox News - over 1 year
Face2Face with Lou Diamond Phillips
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Snapshot: Patricia Riggen, Director of ‘The 33,’ on Shooting in a Mine
NYTimes - over 1 year
Ms. Riggen took her film about trapped Chilean miners, starring Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips and Juliette Binoche, deep underground.
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Netflix picks up western crime drama Longmire for season five
Yahoo News - over 1 year
After picking up Western crime drama Longmire from A&E last year, Netflix has renewed the series for a fifth season. Season four, which depicted Wyoming county sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) pursuing his wife’s murderer after determining the perpetrator, debuted on the streamer in September. On Friday, Netflix announced the news of the 10 episode renewal on its Facebook page. “We’ve never been one to back down from a fight,” the company said a statement. “Longmire will return to Netflix for season five.” While Netflix doesn’t release viewership numbers, there’s definitely still demand for the series: as of press time, the statement garnered nearly 75,000 likes, over 16,000 shares, and many, many positive comments on the Facebook post announcement. Related : Beasts of No Nation is Netflix’s hottest film, says content chief The series, which is based on thriller novels by the Wyoming-based Craig Johnson, was axed by A&E in 2014, even though it was the network’s second most ...
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Bryan Cain-Jackson: Saying Goodbye to a Dear Friend: A Tribute to PR Veteran Eddie Michaels
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Eddie Michaels was a devoted husband, father, friend to many, a veteran publicist, and a class act -- he respected everyone. He was a true callback to the old school days of doing things -- with respect and professionalism. This is why no one had any beef with him -- ever. Our good friend passed away on Thursday, August 8th at 49 after a long battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Lorin, their daughter Dylan, nine, and son Matthew, seven. Eddie was revered in the business of show; he knew how to build relationships with people that were deeply rooted in mutual admiration. He had a phenomenal way of making each person feel that they were the only one that was getting the benefit of his help which he always offered. In the public relations world, his clients included Angelica Huston, Noah Wylie, Lou Diamond Phillips, Marc Guggenheim, and the home to Despicable Me; Illumination Entertainment as well as dozens of others. This is more than just anoth ...
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'Jericho' Rides Again
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CBS is giving viewers a second chance to experience "Jericho," "Swingtown" and "Wolf Lake." The network has added all episodes of the three drama to CBS.com for viewing. “'Jericho, 'Swingtown' and 'Wolf Lake' pushed the boundaries, exploring some of the most popular themes in television today: post-cataclysmic life, the social and cultural mores of a generation, and the supernatural," Jeff Grossman, vice president of content and product strategy for CBS Interactive, said in a statement. "Over the years, fans have told us they'd like to experience these shows again, and through CBS.com, we're able to resurface programming that not only captivated viewers but broke new ground." "Jericho," starring Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James and Ashley Scott, followed the residents of a Kansas town that is left isolated after a nuclear disaster. "Jericho" was canceled after its first season, but CBS revived the show amid fan outcry and it lasted for another season. There's even been tal ...
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Longmire Returns for Season Two
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Last year we got our first taste of the new TV series "Longmire" which airs on A&E. This series about the contemporary west soon found its audience and became one of A&E's most successful series ever. Now it is back for its second season and the excitement of the story should continue at a high degree of entertainment excellence. The show is based on the LONGMIRE series of books from Craig Johnson. The setting is Absaroka County, Wyoming which is where Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) makes his home. The cast of characters of these stories include Walt's deputy Vic Moretti (Katee Sack off), another deputy Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), his friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), and his daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman). More...
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Vanessa Erazo: Edward James Olmos on Stand and Deliver's 25th Anniversary & the Release of Filly Brown
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In the late eighties, a month after the release of La Bamba -- at the time the biggest Latino box office hit ever -- Newsweek magazine proclaimed that it was the era of the "Hispanic Hollywood." That same summer came the release of the Chicano classic Born in East L.A. written, directed, and starring Cheech Marin. Compared to the box office smash La Bamba which made $54 million, Marin's comedy was only a modest success making $17 million. But, for Latino films which struggle to make it to millions in ticket sales these two films were blockbusters that made Hollywood studios stand up and take notice of the moneymaking potential that laid in the hands of the Latino movie-going audience. In March of 1988, amidst Hollywood's giddiness over the Latino box office, Warner Bros. released Stand and Deliver theatrically. It was a small, independently-made Latino film starring the legendary Edward James Olmos and a young Lou Diamond Phillips. Based on actual events the movie tells the ...
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Chris Jancelewicz: Penn Badgley Can Sing, Everyone
Huffington Post - over 4 years
There are times when you know -- you just know -- that someone is lip-syncing in movies. We all knew Lou Diamond Phillips was lip-syncing in La Bamba, and even Michael J. Fox lip-synced his famous 'Johnny B. Goode' performance in Back to the Future. So imagine my immense surprise at the Toronto Film Festival screening of Jeff Buckley biopic Greetings From Tim Buckley, when Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley (playing Jeff Buckley) opened his mouth to sing and it was his voice, and it was good. Not just actor-good, but good-good. It was so jarring that I had to immediately look up his credentials, just to make sure. Yep, it was him, all right. There was very little fanfare behind this movie, so a) I wasn't expecting much, and b) I admit that I gave Badgley little credit -- for whatever reason, his Gossip Girl pedigree led me to believe that he'd have a voice dub-over. I ignored his previous (yet winning) roles in Easy A and Margin Call, but after witnessing his performance in ...
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Chef Fabio TV: Lou Diamond Phillips Heats Up Chow Ciao on Yahoo
Monsters and Critics - over 4 years
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WATCH: 'Filly Brown' Opens The 2012 NY International Latino Film Fest
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The New York International Latino Film Fest (NYILFF) kicks off it's 13th year tonight with the premiere of Filly Brown, the story of a young L.A. hip-hop artist who "spits from the heart." Forced to make hard choices, Filly Brown, can either chase her musical dream and help her family, or stay true to the artform. Directed by Youssef Delara and Michael Olmos -- and starring newcomer Gina Rodriguez in the title role, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jenni Rivera, Chingo Bling and Baby Bash -- this story of an "artist forced to discover her authentic voice" is the perfect opening feature for the festival. The 13th New York International Latino Film Festival 2012 (NYILFF12) presented by HBO runs August 13-19 in New York City. The festival is presenting 29 feature length films and 33 short films, alongside panel discussions and related events. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.nylatinofilm.com. TAKE A LOOK AT THE 'FILLY BROWN' TRAILER AND SOME ...
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Lou Diamond Phillips still standing and delivering
LATimes - over 4 years
The veteran actor's new series on A&E, 'Longmire,' has been well received, as has his work as host on the Military Channel's 'An Officer and a Movie.' Lou Diamond Phillips is having a very good year. It's long overdue. In the 25 years since he burst onto the big screen as singer Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba," LDP (as he is often referred to) has been working nonstop, though sometimes a bit under the radar.
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Christopher Zara: What Makes a Great Rock Biopic? (Hint: It's Not Factual Accuracy)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Midway through Oliver Stone's 1991 film, The Doors, Jim Morrison and the boys are in a recording studio when a car commercial comes on television featuring a bubblegummy version of "Light My Fire." Morrison, played to dusky precision by Val Kilmer, scowls at the small screen in disbelief. Upon discovering that the other band members had sold the rights to the song without consulting him, he flies off the deep end, hurling the TV set across the room and nearly killing Ray Manzarek. It's a terrific scene, both encapsulating Morrison's fierce distaste for corporate pomposity and signifying the onset of a rift that will ultimately break up the band. There is, however, one small caveat with Stone's account: It never actually happened. While it's true the real-life Doors sold the rights to "Light My Fire" to Buick in 1968, no commercial ever made it on the air, at least not by most accounts. Morrison did really pitch a fit when he learned that a contract with Buick was signed wi ...
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Howard Sherman: Are Revivals Inhibiting New Broadway Musicals?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Data doesn't lie, they say, which is why I decided to take a data-based look at Broadway musicals. In the first part of my inquiry, I was trying to see whether musicals based on movies and "jukebox" musicals using scores created for other media were crowding out new, wholly original musicals. My conclusions were essentially that: movie material and even, within reason, existing music, are not scourges of Broadway, but the limited number of new musicals produced in any year pose the greater threat to sustaining the form with original books, music and lyrics. Logically, the next step was to look at revivals and their role in the ecosystem. The conventional wisdom is that we're overrun with revivals. Many feel that the musical theatre past is constantly being dredged up on Broadway: three Gypsy revivals in less than 20 years; two Sweeney Todd revivals in the barely 30 years since the show's debut, with a current London production eyeing New York; three Guys and Dolls in just o ...
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A Rout Is Forecast
ABQ Journal - almost 5 years
Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston talks about the second annual celebrity softball game that he will participate in May 19 against the Wounded Warriors. Cranston says he expects his team to “get slaughtered.” (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Journal) Bryan Cranston knows he’s going to lose, but the Emmy Award-winning actor is still going to show up and play some softball. Cranston, who stars in “Breaking Bad” and is an avid baseball fan, was at Isotopes Park on Tuesday to announce the second annual “‘Topes Celebrity Softball Game,” which will be at 5:30 p.m. May 19. This year, Cranston will head a celebrity team that will face members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. “We’re going to get slaughtered,” he quipped. “The celebrity team won’t even match up to these guys. Maybe we’ll throw in a couple of the ‘Topes players to help us out and not make it look so bad.” The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team’s goal is to show other amputees and the general population th ...
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Bryan Cranston Promotes Celebrity Softball Game
ABQ Journal - almost 5 years
Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston promotes the Isotopes’ Celebrity Softball Game, benefiting Wounded Warriors and the New Mexico chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. Cranston will lead a team of celebrities against a team made up of Wounded Warriors, which consists of veterans who have lost limbs in service to their country. The celebrity softball game will start at 5:30 PM on May 19 and be followed by the regularly-scheduled Isotopes game against the Sacramento River Cats at 7:05 PM. Isotopes Park gates will open at 4:30 PM on that day. In addition to a few of Cranston’s cast-mates on “Breaking Bad,” actor Lou Diamond Phillips from the movies “La Bamba,” “Young Guns,” and “Courage Under Fire” is one of many celebrities who are scheduled to participate in the game.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lou Diamond Phillips
  • 2014
    Age 52
    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. During the making of Trespasses, he met Julie Cypher, an assistant director. They married on September 17, 1987 and divorced on August 5, 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Julie then announced she was a lesbian and became a partner to Melissa Etheridge.
    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 50
    In December 2012, he was featured in Imagine Dragons' music video for "Radioactive".
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 January 2012, he was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    He placed in the money at the $10,000 July 2009 World Series of Poker World Championship No Limit main event.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    On September 11, 2007, Phillips joined the touring troupe for Lerner and Loewe's Camelot in the role of King Arthur.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2004
    Age 42
    He began dating makeup artist Yvonne Boismier in 2004. They married in August 2007.
    More Details Hide Details 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. He is also a supporter of the Thoughtful House Center for Children, founded by Andrew Wakefield. 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.
  • 1999
    Age 37
    He met Jennifer Tilly on the set of Shadow of the Wolf, 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.
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  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998, he starred as Cisco, the counterpart of the main character Melvin Smiley (played by Mark Wahlberg), in the comedy-action movie The Big Hit.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
  • 1996
    Age 34
    In 1996, Phillips made his Broadway debut as the King in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's The King and I.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance.
    He made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I, earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips' other notable films include Young Guns (1988), Young Guns II (1990), Courage Under Fire (1996), Che (2008) and The 33 (2015). He currently stars as Henry Standing Bear in the TV series Longmire (2012–). He made history as one of the inagural nominees for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for portraying Chieftain on The Crossroads of History (2016–). 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.
  • 1988
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1990s, Phillips was a vocalist with the Los Angeles-based rock group The Pipefitters.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details He plays Angel David 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.
  • 1987
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to his cinematic breakthrough, he starred in the Miami Vice episode "Red Tape" (13 Mar 1987), portraying detective Bobby Diaz.
  • 1980
    Age 18
    He was raised in Texas, where he attended Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, graduating in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama.
  • 1962
    Age 0
    Born on February 17, 1962.
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