Born in the Philippines of Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Spanish, Scotch Irish, and one-eighth Cherokee Indian heritage, Lou Diamond Phillips grew up in Texas. His extensive theatre credits include A Hatful of Rain, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, P.S. Your Cat is Dead, The Lady´s Not for Burning, Doctor Faustus, Hamlet, and of course, the Broadway hit revival of The King and I, for which he was nominated for a Tony for best actor.
Mr. Phillips first distinguished himself as rock star Richie Valens in LA BAMBA and a gang member in STAND AND DELIVER, for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe award for his acting and received the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Actor. His recent films include the Alfonse Arau-directed PICKING UP THE PIECES, the psychological thriller, HANGMAN, A BETTER WAY TO DIE, COURAGE UNDER FIRE and SUPERNOVA. Other notable films include YOUNG GUNS and its sequel YOUNG GUNS 2: BLAZE OF GLORY, DISORGANIZED CRIME, RENEGADES, THE FIRST POWER, AMBITION, and THE BIG HIT.
Mr. Phillips will next be seen in Gone But Not Forgotten, a mini series for Hallmark co-starring Brooke Shields. He was most recently seen in the Turner Original film, RED WATER as well as the Ron Shelton-directed HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE starring Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett. Mr. Phillips´ cable and television credits include the CBS series Wolf Lake, Showtime´s Wharf Rats, and HBO´S S.I.S. In addition to his acting talents, Mr. Phillips has written and directed the Miramax release, AMBITION, the psychological thriller DANGEROUS TOUCH, and directed and starred in SIOUX CITY for Cabin Fever Entertainment, which received a Gold Medal Award at the International Film Festival in Houston, Texas.