Lou Diamond Phillips Bio
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS (King of Siam). Lou Diamond Phillips’ versatility has allowed him
success in theatre, television and feature films as well as directing, writing and producing.
Phillips first came to the public’s attention when he starred as Richie Valens in the 1987 film La
Bamba. He then solidified his reputation in Stand and Deliver, for which he won the
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and received a Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe® nomination. Phillips also co-starred in Ed Zwick’s critically acclaimed drama,
Courage Under Fire, where he received strong reviews and a Blockbuster Award for Best
Supporting Actor. Recently, he starred in CHE alongside Benicio Del Toro and Benjamin Bratt.
Other notable film credits include Supernova, Hollywood Homicide, Young Guns, The Big Hit,
Brokedown Palace and El Cortez.
Phillips earned a Tony Award® nomination for Best Actor for his performance as the King of
Siam in the 1996 Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, which received
eight Tony nominations and won five. He recently starred as King Arthur in the national tour of
Phillips recently was cast in the TV pilot for a new A&E series based on the Walt Longmire
Mystery series of novels by Craig Johnson. The “Longmire” pilot revolves around Wyoming
sheriff Walt Longmire (played by Robert Taylor of The Matrix); Phillips plays Longmire’s best
friend, Henry Standing Bear.
Phillips currently can be seen on television in a recurring role on ABC’s “Cougar Town” and
recently completed the final season of the SyFy series “Stargate: Universe” alongside Robert
Carlyle and Ming-Na. He also had a recurring role on the hit CBS series “Numb3rs” as Agent Ian
Edgerton during its six-year run. A few of his other memorable television credits include
“Chuck,” “Psych,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Wolf Lake,” “The Beast” and “The Triangle.”
As a director, Phillips most recently helmed the Hallmark Channel movie Love Takes Wing in
2009. He made his directorial debut with the psychological thriller Dangerous Touch, which he
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co-wrote for HBO. He also has directed episodes of “Resurrection Blvd.,” “The Outer Limits,”
and “The Twilight Zone.”
Originally born in the Philippines, Phillips was raised in Texas. He now resides in Los Angeles
with his wife, Yvonne, and four daughters, Indigo, Grace, Isabella and Lili.