Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director, best known for his breakthrough performance in the 1987 film “La Bamba.”
Phillips has demonstrated an impressive versatility throughout his career, appearing in a broad array of film and television projects. Besides his iconic role as Ritchie Valens in “La Bamba,” he has been celebrated for performances in “Stand and Deliver” (1988), “Young Guns” (1988), and “Courage Under Fire” (1996). On the small screen, his roles have ranged from “Longmire” to “Stargate Universe,” further solidifying his expansive repertoire.
The collaborative spirit is at the core of Phillips’s work, which has seen him share the screen or stage with a multitude of talents. He’s worked with Edward James Olmos in “Stand and Deliver,” Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland in “Young Guns,” Denzel Washington in “Courage Under Fire,” and Rachel Griffiths in the stage play “Burn This.” Additionally, he’s appeared alongside Skeet Ulrich in “Into the West,” Katee Sackhoff in “Longmire,” Tim Robbins in “The Code,” Lou Gossett Jr. in “Laws of Deception,” Ruby Dee in “Red Water,” and James Spader in “Shadow of Fear.”
Throughout his career, Phillips has been recognized with several honors that validate his contribution to arts and entertainment. He received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role in “Stand and Deliver” and a Tony Award nomination for his performance in “The King and I.” He has also received nominations from the Golden Globe Awards and has won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for “Courage Under Fire.”