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Lou Diamond Phillips Net Worth


Lou Diamond Phillips, the famous American actor and director, has a net worth of $6 million. He rose to prominence after playing the role of Ritchie Valens in the movie ‘La Bamba’ and has appeared in several other successful movies like ‘Young Guns,’ ‘Courage Under Fire,’ and ‘The 33.’

Key facts:

  • Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director who rose to prominence in 1987 after playing the role of Chicano rock star Ritchie Valens in the movie 'La Bamba.'
  • He won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1988 movie 'Stand and Deliver.'
  • Phillips has appeared in various television shows like 'Longmire,' 'Prodigal Son,' 'Wolf Lake,' and 'Tales from the Crypt.'
  • He made his directorial debut in 1994 with the film 'Dangerous Touch,' and he also directed and starred in 'Sioux City' the same year.
  • Some of his notable film credits include 'Courage Under Fire,' 'Young Guns,' 'The Big Hit,' 'Boulevard,' 'Che Part Two,' and 'The 33,' which is based on the true story of a mining disaster in Chile.

Basic Information About Lou Diamond Phillips

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsActor, Television Director, Film director, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Net worth$6,000,000
Date of birth1962-02-17 (61 years old)
Place of birthU.S. Naval Base Subic Bay
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseYvonne Boismier Phillips - (16 AugustΒ 2007 - present)Β (1 child)
Kelly Phillips - (24 AprilΒ 1994 - 30 JulyΒ 2007)Β (divorced)Β (3 children)
Julie Cypher - (27 JuneΒ 1987 - 1990)Β (divorced)
Height6 ft (1.85 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Lou Diamond Phillips win?


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Lou Diamond Phillips awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Bronze Wrangler - Theatrical Motion PictureWinnerYoung Guns1989
Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Favorite Supporting Actor - Adventure/DramaWinnerCourage Under Fire1997

Lou Diamond Phillips roles

Movie / Series Role
Young GunsChavez y Chavez
Young Guns IIChavez y Chavez
La BambaRitchie Valens
Courage Under FireMonfriez
AdverseDr. Cruz
The Big HitCisco
Stand and DeliverAngel
The 33Don Lucho
Hollywood HomicideWanda
Brokedown PalaceRoy Knox
SupernovaYerzy Penalosa
Brooklyn Nine-NineJeff Romero 2 episodes, 2017
Fear the Walking DeadDirector
Criminal MindsSheriff Clifford Mason 1 episode, 2018
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Director
Numb3rsAgent Ian Edgerton 9 episodes, 2005-2010
Prodigal SonDirector
Prodigal SonGil Arroyo 33 episodes, 2019-2021
LongmireHenry Standing Bear 63 episodes, 2012-2017
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitVictor Paul Gitano 1 episode, 2006
Blue BloodsLouis Delgado 4 episodes, 2018-2020
ChuckGaez 1 episode, 2011
Family GuyTribe Leader 1 episode, 2020
Tales from the CryptJerry 1 episode, 1993
Spin CityNate 2 episodes, 1998-1999
Graves1 episode, 2017
Made in HollywoodSelf 1 episode, 2015
The George Lucas Talk ShowSelf 1 episode, 2021
DallasSidewalk Thug 1 episode, 1985
BlindspotSaΓΊl Guerrero 2 episodes, 2015-2020
Elena of AvalorVictor Delgado / ... 21 episodes, 2016-2020
PsychSpecial Agent Lars Ewing 1 episode, 2007
Cougar TownLou Diamond Phillips 2 episodes, 2011-2013
WWE Monday Night RAWSelf 1 episode, 2007
The RanchClint 3 episodes, 2017
Another PeriodLagundo 1 episode, 2015
24Mark DeSalvo 2 episodes, 2002
NCIS: New OrleansDeputy Chief Cedric Gossett 2 episodes, 2018
Happily DivorcedDavid 1 episode, 2011
The Twilight ZoneDirector
The Twilight ZoneRitchie Almares 1 episode, 2002
Hawaii Five-0Wes Lincoln 1 episode, 2017
The Outer LimitsDirector
The Outer LimitsCaptain Cotter McCoy 1 episode, 1998
George LopezGeorge Lopez 2 episodes, 2003
Expedition UnknownSelf 1 episode, 2020
Miami ViceDetective Bobby Diaz 1 episode, 1987
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoSelf 2 episodes, 1998
You're the WorstLou Diamond Phillips 1 episode, 2017

Lou Diamond Phillips's Quotes

  • The only power an actor has is the ability to say, "No".
  • [on getting his part in 24 (2001)] That was a funny situation, because Kiefer [Kiefer Sutherland] and I are still very tight. We've done something like five projects together over the years, and we see each other socially every so often since Young Guns (1988). We got the call from the people at "24", saying, "Listen, we don't have a script yet, but the episodes are going to revolve around Kiefer, Dennis Hopper and a role that we'd like you to do". That's really all I needed to hear. So I made one phone call -- to Kiefer's cell phone on the set -- and said, "Listen, man, they want me to come on the show. Is that cool with you?" And he said, "Yeah, c'mon, let's go!"
  • [on working with Harrison Ford] I've got to say, Harrison is probably the most relaxed actor I've worked with in my life. He's truly amazing. They say "Action!"--boom! There's Harrison Ford. I was doing a scene, I'm sitting across a table from him, and between takes I kind of looked over, and I had one of those moments where the hair stood up on the back of my neck and I went, "Oh my God, that's Harrison Ford!" When you're working, you don't really think about those things, but I just had one of those starstruck moments where it's just like, "Look where I'm at".
  • [on his success] I felt I was the luckiest guy in the world when I landed La Bamba (1987), and I still feel the same way. I feel fortunate to be employed in the film business, and still be standing. There's a lot of guys that were around when I made "La Bamba" who aren't as fortunate - and it's not a matter of talent or hard work, it's just the breaks sometimes, you know? I've been fortunate that the right film has come along for me every couple of years. I've been lucky, I think.
  • [on selecting roles] There's very few things that I'll turn my nose up at, because some of my biggest successes have been ones totally out of left field. Stand and Deliver (1988) was a tiny little film made for less than $1 million. If I can find something in the script or the character, or even in the cast, that I go, "All right, this is worth doing", then I'll do it. Unfortunately, there was a time in my career when I felt responsible for how a film came out, and I'm just now starting to grasp the concept that there's only so much you can do. You can only show up and do the best work that you can do, be responsible for your character, and be as giving and supportive of the cast and the crew as you can. But when all is said and done, did they have enough money to make the movie? Did the director have a clear vision of it? And even if it turned out to be not a bad film, is it going to be seen, or is it going to fall between the cracks? There's some little films of mine that didn't see the light of day, and yet I still think they were good movies. I think there's this philosophy in Hollywood that if it doesn't make $100 million, it's not a success. And unfortunately, there's quite a few $100-million films that just aren't that good.

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Lou Diamond Phillips’ Net Worth Details

Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director who has a net worth of $6 million. He has been active in the entertainment industry since the early 198s and has appeared in numerous films and television shows. Phillips’ most notable roles include playing Ritchie Valens in the 1987 film ‘La Bamba’ and portraying Jose Chavez y Chavez in ‘Young Guns’. He also starred in the television series ‘Longmire’ and ‘Prodigal Son’.


What is Lou Diamond Phillips Known For?

Lou Diamond Phillips is known for his wide-ranging acting abilities. He has played roles in genres ranging from action and drama to horror and romance. Additionally, he is known for his directing skills, having directed films such as ‘Dangerous Touch’ and ‘Sioux City’.

Early life and education

Phillips was born as Lou Diamond Upchurch in 1962 at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines. His father, Gerald, was an American of Cherokee and Scots-Irish descent and a Marine KC-130 crew chief. His mother, Lucita, was a native of Candelaria, Philippines. After his father’s passing in 1963, Phillips assumed the surname of his stepfather, hence the name Lou Diamond Phillips.

Phillips grew up in Texas and went to Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi. He later attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a BFA in drama.


Phillips started his acting career with small roles in television movies before getting his big break playing Ritchie Valens in ‘La Bamba’ in 1987. His performance earned him critical acclaim, and he quickly became a household name. He followed up his success with roles in several successful films such as ‘Young Guns’, ‘Stand and Deliver’ and ‘Courage Under Fire’.

In addition to his work on the big screen, Phillips has also worked extensively in television. He has appeared in popular television shows such as ’24’, ‘Wolf Lake’, and ‘Longmire’. His role as Henry Standing Bear in ‘Longmire’ became a fan-favorite. He also starred as Gil Arroyo in the Fox series ‘Prodigal Son’.

Personal Life

Phillips has been married three times and has five children. He married Julie Cypher, Cyndi Lauper’s former lover, and had two children with her: a daughter, Isabella, and a son, Django. He was then married to makeup artist Kelly Phillips, with whom he had three daughters. Phillips is currently married to actress Yvonne Boismier.


Phillips has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his role in ‘Stand and Deliver’, and nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and Emmy Awards for his television work.

Phillips remains one of the most versatile actors working today, with a successful career spanning multiple decades. His performances in films such as ‘La Bamba’ and ‘Young Guns’ have cemented his place in Hollywood history, and his work on television shows like ‘Longmire’ has earned him worldwide recognition. Despite his success, Phillips remains grounded and committed to his craft, always looking for ways to grow as an artist.

Interesting Facts about Lou Diamond Phillips

  1. The name Phillips is from his step-father.
  2. He plays with the group, "The Pipefitters with Lou Diamond Phillips".
  3. Named by his father for highly decorated Gunnery Sergeant Leland "Lou" Diamond, USMC, who enlisted in the Marines at age 27 in 1917, and saw action in both world wars. To this day "Lou" Diamond is considered one of the finest Marines of all time, and is known as "Mr. Leatherneck".
  4. Is 1/8 Cherokee.
  5. Was seriously considered for the role of Agent John Dogget on The X Files (1993).
  6. First wife, Julie Cypher, partnered with Melissa Etheridge.
  7. Lou's father, Gerald Amon Upchurch, was an American, from Georgia, and had English and Scots-Irish ancestry. Lou's mother, Lucita Umayam AraΓ±a, was Filipino, from Candelaria.
  8. Graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama
  9. Graduated from Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  10. Has 3 daughters with second wife Kelly Phillips: twins Grace and Isabella (born 5 October 1997) and Lili Jordan (born 26 September 1999).
  11. Was nominated for Broadway's 1996 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for playing one of the title roles, the King, in a revival of "The King and I."
  12. Grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas
  13. Worked at Whataburger as a teen, becoming a shift leader during his term of employment.
  14. Enjoys doing theater.
  15. Good friends with Kiefer Sutherland.
  16. He started acting in theater at the Stage West in Fort Worth, Texas.
  17. He was once engaged to Jennifer Tilly.
  18. Loves playing poker and has held games at his Los Angeles home for nearly two decades for his friends and others.
  19. Turned down his role in Supernova (2000) a few times before eventually accepting it.
  20. Was very good friends with the late Brandon Lee & Miguel Ferrer.

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