Lou Diamond Phillips most recently completed production on the feature The 33 with Academy Award-nominated producer Mike Medavoy. The 33 tells the true story of the Chilean miners trapped in the Copiapó copper mine for 69 days in 2010, and Lou stars as "Don Lucho," opposite Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche.
Phillips won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 2013 Milan International Film Festival and Best Actor Award at the 2012 Imagen Awards for his performance as Jose Tonorio, a father struggling to provide for his daughters in the Sundance Festival favorite Filly Brown. The movie was also honored that year with the 2013 ALMA Award for Special Achievement in Film.
A passion project, Phillips currently hosts "An Officer and a Movie" on the Military Channel.
Phillips is still perhaps best known to audiences worldwide for stealing their hearts in his breakout performance as Ritchie Valens in the 1987 blockbuster La Bamba. He solidified his place in Hollywood with the 1988 film Stand and Deliver, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and received a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe® nomination. In 1996, Phillips co-starred in Ed Zwick's critically acclaimed drama, Courage Under Fire, for which he received strong reviews as well as a Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is also recognized for many of his other notable film credits, including: Steven Soderberg's CHE, Supernova, Hollywood Homicide, Young Guns, The Big Hit, Brokedown Palace and El Cortez.
In the midst of great success within the film industry, Phillips took Broadway by storm in 1996 - earning a Tony Award® nomination, a Theater World Award and a New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut for an Actor for his performance as the King of Siam in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King and I," which received eight Tony nominations that year. He also starred in the 2007 national tour of "Camelot" as King Arthur.
Phillips' vast accomplishments in film and theater are complemented by his work in television, with recurring roles on "Southland," "Cougar Town," "Stargate: Universe" and "Numb3rs." Other memorable television credits include: "Chuck," "Psych," "Law and Order: SVU," "Wolf Lake," "The Beast" and "The Triangle."
As a director, Phillips is working on his latest film, Tao of Surfing, based on the Pulitzer Prize nominated book by Michael A. Allen.
Phillips is a dedicated veterans' advocate and is currently the National Spokesperson for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is also the 1993 recipient of the Oxfam America Award for his dedication towards ending world hunger.
Phillips is also passionate about music and appeared in the 2013 MTV VMA nominated music video "Radioactive" for the Grammy Award-winning artist Imagine Dragons. Lou's other passions include cooking and poker. As a cook, he is known for his American Fusion style, and for "Sundays with Lou" on the set of his films, making glorious meals for the cast and crew as a way of bringing people together. He has also taken his talent to the celebrity cooking world and appeared on - even won - numerous cooking competition shows, such as "Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off" and "Sauce Boss," while also being asked to serve as a celebrity judge on "Iron Chef America" and competing on "Chopped Tournament of Stars."
In the world of poker, Lou has hosted a home game for over thirty years and competed in numerous celebrity tournaments. The highlight, however, was making a deep run in the 2010 World Series Of Poker, outlasting over 6000 competitors to finish in the top 175.
Phillips, originally born in the Philippines, was raised in Texas and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Yvonne. He has four daughters: Indigo, Grace, Isabella and Lili. He is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama.