Internationally known Filipinos – Lou Diamond Phillips

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Phillips was born as Lou Diamond Upchurch at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines, the son of Lucita and Gerald Upchurch, a naval officer. His father was an American of Scottish, Hawaiian, and Cherokee descent and his mother was a Filipina of Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese descent.
Phillips’ big break came with the starring role in 1987’s La Bamba as early rocker Ritchie Valens. Though the role garnered him praise from critics, he has since found it difficult to find another leading role in a big-budget Hollywood film. In 1988 and 1990, Phillips co-starred with Emilio Estevez and Keifer Sutherland in the cowboy movies Young Guns and Young Guns II. In 1996, Phillips made his Broadway debut as the King in The King & I. Phillips won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for both a Tony and a Drama D esk Award for his performance He also appeared in Season 1 of ’24’ and has a recurring role in the series Num3ers