UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series: Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips, a UTA alumnus, has enjoyed great success as an actor, director, writer, and producer across platforms including feature films, television, and theater. Born in the Philippines, he was raised in Texas and graduated from UTA in 1985 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater.
Though he is perhaps best known to audiences worldwide for his breakout performance as Ritchie Valens in the 1987 smash hit, La Bamba, he also starred in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver, for which he won an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden Globe nomination. In 1996, he received a Tony Award nomination for his role as the King of Siam in The King and I on Broadway. His television credits include Southland, Cougar Town, Stargate: Universe, Numb3rs, Chuck, and many more. This year, he received a Best Actor in a Comedy Short Emmy nomination for his role in the History Channel’s Crossroads of History.
A dedicated veterans’ advocate, Phillips is national spokesperson for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is passionate about music, cooking, and poker. In 2010, he made a deep run in the 2010 World Series of Poker, outlasting over 6,000 competitors to finish in the top 175.