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Lou Diamond Phillips

Highest Rated:   100% The Night Stalker (2016)
Lowest Rated:   10% Supernova (2000)
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Birthplace:   Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is no stranger to the dramatic ups and downs and surprises of his profession. Just look at the way he burst onto the Hollywood scene in 1987 with the surprise hit biopic La Bamba after years of working in Fort Worth theater and small Texas-produced independent films. His portrayal of doomed '50s rocker Ritchie Valens won him acclaim. His next role, that of a troubled gangleader who is reluctantly inspired to change by a charismatic math teacher in Stand and Deliver (1988) -- which was actually finished before La Bamba's release -- and his portrayal of young outlaw Jose Chavez Y Chavez in Young Guns (1988) made it seem that Phillips' youthful prediction that he would become a major star would indeed come true. But then Phillips showed up in a long line of box-office and direct-to-video bombs and he disappeared into obscurity and he seemed destined to remain there for the rest of his career. Phillips is one of Hollywood's most distinctive actors and is known for his intense performances. He is a tall, slender man with raven-black hair, deep-brown almond-shaped eyes, and cheekbones reminiscent of ancient Mayan statues. His distinctly "ethnic" looks come from his rich family heritage. Phillips claims he is part Hawaiian, Filipino, Cherokee, and Scots-Irish. His dark complexion and exotic looks have relegated him to "ethnic" roles in Hollywood. Phillips was born Lou Upchurch in the Philippines, the son of a naval aircraft mechanic, and raised in Flour Bluff, a small town near Corpus Christie, TX. Though he received scholarships to the U.S. Naval Academy and to Yale, Phillips preferred to attend the local University of Texas at Arlington so he could remain close to his high school friends. While at school, Phillips found a growing passion for acting and after appearing in several drama club productions and in a local comedy troupe, believed himself destined for stardom. When real stars came to town, he would go to elaborate lengths to meet them. For example, when his idol Robert DeNiro came, Phillips dressed up as a bellboy and snuck up to the great actor's hotel room. After college, Phillips joined Fort Worth's tiny Stage West theater and stayed there for four years. During that period, Phillips appeared in such made-in-Texas independent films as Trespasses (1987) for which he also wrote the script. He associate-produced another of these films, Dakota.After the only moderate success of Young Guns, Phillips' career faltered with films such as First Power (1989), the dismal Young Guns 2 (1990), and the laughably self-important Shadow of the Wolf (1992). Phillips made an inauspicious directorial debut with Dangerous Touch (1993), following it up with Sioux City (1994). Though he worked steadily in films through the decade, Phillips was almost a forgotten quantity in Hollywood. In 1995, Phillips' career took a surprising and unexpectedly successful turn when a casting director spotted Phillips and brought him in to audition for the role of King Mongkut in a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Despite having only worked relatively briefly on-stage, Phillips was personally approved by the Rodgers estate to play the part. Phillips realized that in taking it, he would be expected to fill the shoes of the great Yul Brynner who originated the role. It did not help that many critics did little to hide their surprise and dismay at the audacious casting of Phillips, who was determined to find new nuances in the Siamese King's relationship with British schoolteacher Anna. Phillips also made important changes for the character, especially in his appearance. Despite the naysayers' dire predictions for the musical's revival, Phillips succeeded in his goals and the show became a smash hit. Among the benefits of his reemergence has been renewed interest in Phillips from Hollywood. Though he never really left, Phillips had a "comeback" when he starred opposite Denzel Washington in Courage Under Fire (19

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Cop and a Half: New Recruit
  • Detective Simmons
2017
100% The Night Stalker
  • Richard Ramirez
2016
60% Sky
  • Duane
2016
45% The 33
  • Luis Urzua 'Don Lucho'
$9.2M 2015
No Score Yet The Wisdom To Know The Difference
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Sequoia
  • Colin
2014
45% Filly Brown
  • Jose Tonorio
$2.9M 2013
No Score Yet Sanitarium
  • James Silo
2013
No Score Yet Metal Tornado
  • Michael Edwards
2011
No Score Yet Takedown (Transparency)
  • David
2011
No Score Yet Angel and the Badman
  • Quirt Evans
2009
No Score Yet Angel And The Bad Man
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Carny
  • Atlas
2009
No Score Yet Love Takes Wing
  • Director
  • Ray Russell
2009
66% Che: Part One (The Argentine)
  • Mario Monje
$1.6M 2009
No Score Yet The Invited
  • Actor
2009
80% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)
  • Mario Monje
$2M 2008
No Score Yet Lone Rider
  • Bobby Hattaway
2008
No Score Yet Naked Movie
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Death Toll
  • Mayor Padial
2007
No Score Yet Termination Point
  • Dr. Daniel Winter
2007
No Score Yet Never Forget
  • Frank
2007
No Score Yet Striking Range
  • Eugene Vasher
2006
29% El Cortez
  • Manny DeSilva
2006
No Score Yet Fingerprints
  • Doug
2006
No Score Yet Aquaman
  • Actor
2006
26% The Legend of Zorro
  • Actor
$45.4M 2005
No Score Yet Murder at the Presidio
  • James Chandler
2005
No Score Yet Gone But Not Forgotten
  • Alan Page
2005
No Score Yet Alien Express
  • Det. Vic Holden
2005
No Score Yet The Trail to Hope Rose
  • Keenan Deerfield
2004
No Score Yet Kids Ten Commandments: Life and Seth Situation
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Red Water
  • John Sanders
2003
30% Hollywood Homicide
  • Wanda
$30.1M 2003
No Score Yet Malevolent
  • Jack Lucas
2003
No Score Yet Absolon
  • Walters
2003
20% Stark Raving Mad
  • Gregory
2002
No Score Yet Lone Hero
  • Bart
2002
No Score Yet Knight Club
  • Dirk Gueron
2001
No Score Yet Route 666
  • Jack La Rocha
2001
No Score Yet A Better Way to Die
  • Dexter
2000
10% Supernova
  • Yerzy Penalosa
2000
No Score Yet Picking Up the Pieces
  • Officer Alfonso
2000
17% Bats
  • Emmett Kimsey
1999
No Score Yet In a Class of His Own
  • Rich Donato
1999
31% Brokedown Palace
  • Roy Knox
1999
No Score Yet Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War
  • Emilio Aguinaldo
1999
41% The Big Hit
  • Cisco
1998
No Score Yet Trial of Adolf Eichmann
  • Actor
1997
85% Courage Under Fire
  • Monfriez
1996
No Score Yet Undertow
  • Jack Ketchum
1996
No Score Yet Hourglass
  • cameo
1995
No Score Yet The Wharf Rat
  • Petey
1995
No Score Yet Dangerous Touch
  • Mick Burroughs
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1994
No Score Yet Teresa's Tattoo
  • Wheeler
1994
No Score Yet Sioux City
  • Jesse Rainfeather Goldman
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Boulevard
  • Hassan
1994
No Score Yet The Dark Wind
  • Officer Jim Chee
1993
No Score Yet Shadow of the Wolf
  • Agaguk
1993
No Score Yet Extreme Justice
  • Jeff Powers
1993
No Score Yet The Panama Deception
  • Narrator [English version]
1992
No Score Yet Ambition
  • Mitchell
  • Screenwriter
1991
35% Young Guns II
  • Chavez y Chavez
1990
No Score Yet A Show of Force
  • Jesus Fuentes
1990
22% The First Power
  • Russell Logan
1990
No Score Yet Harley
  • Actor
1990
20% Renegades
  • Hank Storm
1989
50% Disorganized Crime
  • Ray Forgy
1989
No Score Yet Dakota
  • John Dakota
1988
42% Young Guns
  • Chavez
1988
73% Stand and Deliver
  • Angel
1988
96% La Bamba
  • Ritchie Valens
1987
No Score Yet Trespasses
  • Screenwriter
  • Dirifter
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2013
  • Romero
  • 2017
No Score Yet Elena of Avalor
2016
  • Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Lincoln
  • 2017
22% Training Day
2017
  • Thurman Ballesteros
  • 2017
No Score Yet Talking Dead
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Longmire
2012-2016
  • Henry Standing Bear
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
75% Another Period
2015-2016
  • Lagundo
  • 2015
67% Blindspot
2015
  • Saul Guerrero
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Chopped
2009
  • Appearing
  • 2014
86% Southland
2009-2013
  • Actor
  • 2012
87% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Augusto Gaez
  • 2011
76% Cougar Town
2009-2015
  • Himself
  • 2011
50% Happily Divorced
2011-2013
  • David
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2011
  • 2010
57% Stargate Universe
2009-2011
  • Colonel Telford Col. Telford
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
57% The Beast
2009
  • Actor
  • 2009
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Special Agent Ewing
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Jeremy Paul Wilson
  • 2006
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Agent Ian Edgerton Ian Edgerton
  • 2005
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
  • George L.
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
  • Director
  • Ritchie
  • 2003
  • 2002
89% 24
2001-2014
  • Mark DeSalvo
  • 2002
No Score Yet Longmir
  • Actor
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest

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