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Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond PhillipsAKA Louis Diamond Upchurch

Born: 17-Feb-1962
Birthplace: Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Young Guns II

Lou Diamond Phillips is a multi-ethnic American actor, best known for playing the doomed rocker Ritchie Valens in La Bamba with Elizabeth Peña, and a Mexican-Indian desperado in Young Guns with Kiefer Sutherland.

Phillips' father was of Scottish, Irish, and Cherokee heritage, and his mother was part-Filipino, part-Hawaiian, part-Chinese, and part-Spanish. His smorgasbord ethnicity has allowed Phillips to play a Latino kid taught calculus by Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver, an Eskimo in Shadow of the North with Toshirô Mifune, and a Navajo in The Dark Wind with Fred Ward. He was Tony-nominated for his Broadway turn as the King of Siam in The King and I.

As a struggling actor Phillips taught drama, and he was asked to rescue an independently-made film that was unable to find a distributor. He re-wrote the script, added a few scenes, and cast himself as one of the villains, remolding the film into a curious but undenibly improved low-budget thriller called Trespasses.

After several early-1990s successes, his career has faltered. On TV's short-lived Wolf Lake, he played a cop dealing with werewolves. Much of his recent résumé, however, consists of forgettable TV films and low- and lower-budget films that have barely been released, including Route 666 with Lori Petty and Alien Express with Todd Bridges. Phillips has also directed several episodes of Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. In his spare time, he plays with a rock band, The Pipefitters.

In December 2006 he pled guilty to domestic battery on his live-in girlfriend, who was not publicly identified. He was sentenced to three years' probation, one year of counseling, and 200 hours of community service.

He was named in honor of Leland "Lou" Diamond, a US Marine gunnery sergeant who fought in both World Wars, including heroics at Guadalcanal.

Father: Gerald Upchurch (US Naval officer)
Mother: Lucita Upchurch Phillips (homemaker, Filipino-born, naturalized American citizen)
Father: George Phillips (stepfather, US Naval officer)
Wife: Julie Cypher (music video director, m. 1986, div. 1990, later gf. of Melissa Etheridge)
Slept with: Jerri Manthey (contestant on Survivor, one-night stand in early 1990s)
Wife: Kelly Preston (make-up artist, m. 24-Apr-1994, sep. 27-Jan-2005, div. 30-Jul-2007, three daughters)
Daughter: Grace Moorea Phillips (b. 5-Oct-1997, twin)
Daughter: Isabella Patricia Phillips (b. 5-Oct-1997, twin)
Daughter: Lili Jordan Phillips (b. 26-Sep-1999)
Wife: Yvonne Marie (make-up artist, m. 2007, one daughter)
Daughter: Indigo Sanara (b. 9-Oct-2007 with Marie)

    High School: Flour Bluff High School, Corpus Christi, TX
    University: BFA Drama, University of Texas at Arlington
    Teacher: Southern Methodist University (1985-86)

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    Love Takes Wing (4-Apr-2009)
    Sioux City (Apr-1994)
    Dangerous Touch (1994)

    The 33 (2-Aug-2015)
    Sanitarium (1-Mar-2013)
    Filly Brown (20-Jan-2012)
    Metal Tornado (22-Jul-2011)
    Transparency (16-Apr-2010)
    Love Takes Wing (4-Apr-2009)
    Che: Part Two (21-May-2008)
    Lone Rider (12-Apr-2008)
    Death Toll (2008) · Mayor Padial
    Termination Point (2007)
    Fingerprints (16-Oct-2006) · Doug
    El Cortez (5-Oct-2006)
    Aquaman (24-Jul-2006)
    The Triangle (5-Dec-2005)
    Murder at the Presidio (2-May-2005)
    The Trail to Hope Rose (3-Jul-2004) · Keenan Deerfield
    Gone But Not Forgotten (2004)
    Red Water (17-Aug-2003) · John Sanders
    Hollywood Homicide (10-Jun-2003) · Wanda
    Absolon (10-Mar-2003)
    Stark Raving Mad (23-Aug-2002) · Gregory
    Malevolent (27-Jun-2002) · Jack Lucas
    Lone Hero (12-Apr-2002) · Bart
    Route 666 (30-Oct-2001) · Jack
    A Better Way to Die (13-Feb-2001)
    Hangman (9-Feb-2001)
    Knight Club (Feb-2001)
    Picking Up the Pieces (26-May-2000)
    Supernova (14-Jan-2000) · Yerzy Penalosa
    Bats (22-Oct-1999)
    In a Class of His Own (17-Oct-1999)
    Brokedown Palace (13-Aug-1999) · Roy Knox
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    The Wharf Rat (3-Sep-1995) · Petey Martin
    Boulevard (May-1994) · Hassan
    Sioux City (Apr-1994) · Jesse Rainfeather Goldman
    Teresa's Tattoo (Mar-1994)
    Dangerous Touch (1994)
    Extreme Justice (1993) · Jeff Powers
    Shadow of the Wolf (12-Nov-1992)
    The Panama Deception (1992) [VOICE]
    Ambition (31-May-1991)
    The Dark Wind (1991)
    Young Guns II (1-Aug-1990) · Chavez y Chavez
    A Show of Force (11-May-1990)
    The First Power (6-Apr-1990)
    Renegades (2-Jun-1989) · Hank
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    Dakota (2-Dec-1988)
    Young Guns (12-Aug-1988) · Chavez y Chavez
    Stand and Deliver (11-Mar-1988) · Angel
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