Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred in the film La Bamba as Ritchie Valens. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Stand and Deliver , and a Tony Award nomination for his role in The King and I . Other notable films in which Phillips has starred include Courage Under Fire , Che and The.
Phillips was born at the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines, the son of Lucita Umayam Araas and Gerald Amon Upchurch, a crew chief on a C130 in the United States Marine Corps. His father was an American of ScotsIrish and onequarter Cherokee descent, and his mother, a native of Candelaria, Zambales, is Filipina, with distant Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, and Spanish ancestry.