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LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS’ versatility has allowed him success in theater, television, and feature films as well as directing, writing, and producing. He can next be seen on the new A&E series Longmire opposite Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor.
Phillips first came to the public’s attention when he starred as Richie Valens in 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 opposite Edward James Olmos in Filly Brown, which premiered at Sundance 2012. Other notable film credits include CHE, Supernova, Hollywood Homicide, Young Guns, The Big Hit, Brokedown Palace, and El Cortez.
Phillips earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor for his performance as the King of Siam in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, which received six Tony nominations in all. He recently starred in the national tour of Camelot as King Arthur.
On television, Phillips is currently a recurring character on Southland. Earlier this year, he wrapped a recurring role on ABC’s Cougar Town and the final season of the SyFy series Stargate: Universe alongside Robert Carlyle and Ming-Na. Lou 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 co-wrote for HBO. Lou has also directed episodes of Resurrection Blvd., The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone.
Phillips, originally born in the Philippines, was raised in Texas. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Yvonne. He has four daughters: Indigo, Grace, Isabella, and Lili.