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Also Known As: Lou Upchurch Died:
Born: February 17, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philippines Profession: actor, screenwriter, assistant director

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His talent and exotic looks grabbed attention in the late 1980s, but Lou Diamond Phillips was unable to capitalize on his early career momentum. Soaring to success as the star of the popular Ritchie Valens biopic "La Bamba" (1987), Phillips won an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as a teen gang member in the powerful "Stand and Deliver"(1988). While he enjoyed mainstream success with the Brat Pack smash "Young Guns" (1988), Phillips faded as a box office star - although the notoriety of his wife Julie Cypher leaving him for Melissa Etheridge earned him unwanted headlines. Phillips continued to work, earning a Tony nomination for the lead role in Broadway's "The King and I" and serious critical attention with a role in "Courage Under Fire" (1996) alongside Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington. His bread-and-butter, however, remained guest-starring roles and indie film work. Although he charmed viewers enough to win the game show "I'm a Celebrity Get Me out of Here!" (NBC, 2009), the actor once again garnered critical acclaim for his role as bar owner Henry Standing Bear on the well-received crime-drama "Longmire" (A&E, 2012- ). While Phillips' circuitous career trajectory...

His talent and exotic looks grabbed attention in the late 1980s, but Lou Diamond Phillips was unable to capitalize on his early career momentum. Soaring to success as the star of the popular Ritchie Valens biopic "La Bamba" (1987), Phillips won an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as a teen gang member in the powerful "Stand and Deliver"(1988). While he enjoyed mainstream success with the Brat Pack smash "Young Guns" (1988), Phillips faded as a box office star - although the notoriety of his wife Julie Cypher leaving him for Melissa Etheridge earned him unwanted headlines. Phillips continued to work, earning a Tony nomination for the lead role in Broadway's "The King and I" and serious critical attention with a role in "Courage Under Fire" (1996) alongside Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington. His bread-and-butter, however, remained guest-starring roles and indie film work. Although he charmed viewers enough to win the game show "I'm a Celebrity Get Me out of Here!" (NBC, 2009), the actor once again garnered critical acclaim for his role as bar owner Henry Standing Bear on the well-received crime-drama "Longmire" (A&E, 2012- ). While Phillips' circuitous career trajectory exemplified Hollywood's inadequacy in fully utilizing actors of ethnicity, his persistence and undeniable screen presence kept him very much in the game.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Sioux City (1994) Director
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  Dangerous Touch (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Tao of Surfing (2014)
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 33, The (2014)
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 Metal Tornado (2011)
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 Carny (2009)
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 Che: Part Two (2008)
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 Death Toll (2008)
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 Never Forget (2008)
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 Lone Rider (2008)
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Raised in Arlington, TX
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Acted in regional theater productions including, "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?" and "Hamlet"
1983:
Worked as assistant director/instructor with Film Actors Lab
1983:
Wrote first screenplay "Trespasses"; also acted
1987:
Landed breakthrough role, portraying rocker Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba"
1988:
Co-starred with Edward James Olmos in the inner-city high school drama "Stand and Deliver"
1988:
Co-starred with Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland in the Western "Young Guns"
1990:
Reprised role for "Young Guns II"
1994:
Directed first feature "Dangerous Touch"; also scripted and starred
1996:
Made Broadway debut as the King of Siam in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I"
1996:
Co-starred with Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan in "Courage Under Fire"
2001:
Starred in the short-lived drama series "Wolf Lake" (CBS); episodes later aired on UPN in 2002
2002:
Landed recurring role on the Fox crime drama "24"
2005:
Cast in a recurring role on the CBS series "Numb3rs" as Agent Ian Edgerton
2008:
Portrayed Bolivian Communist leader Mario Monje in Steven Soderbergh's "Che: Part Two"
2009:
Competed on the NBC reality series "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!"
2009:
Helmed the Hallmark Channel movie "Love Takes Wing"
2009:
Joined the final season of the SyFy series "Stargate: Universe"
2012:
Played bar owner and the title character's best friend Henry Standing Bear on A&E's "Longmire"
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Education

University of Texas at Arlington: Arlington , Texas -

Notes

Phillips suffered a riding accident during the filming of "Young Guns II" (1990) leaving him with an injured leg and arm.

He received the Oxam America award for his dedication toward ending world hunger; award given November 18, 1993.

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wife:
Julie Cypher. Assistant director; music video director. Worked on "La Bamba"; filed for divorce July 1991; divorced; Cypher later became the life partner of singer Melissa Etheridge with whom she had a child.
wife:
Kelly Preston. Model. Born c. 1968; married on April 24, 1994; not to be confused with actress Kelly Preston who is married to John Travolta.

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father:
Gerald Upchurch. Naval officer. Scottish/Irish/Cherokee heritage; died when Phillips was young.
step-father:
George Phillips. Naval officer.
daughter:
Isabella Patricia Phillips. Twin of Grace; born on October 5, 1997.
daughter:
Grace Moorea Phillips. Twin of Isabella; born on October 5, 1997.
daughter:
Lili Jordan Phillips. Born on Septmber 26, 1999.
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