Lou Diamond Phillips
Actor, Director, and Producer
An Evening with Lou Diamond Phillips
Sept. 7, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
A Corpus Christi native, Lou Diamond Phillips has agreed to make his Maverick Speakers Series event a fundraiser benefiting UTA’s Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF). All proceeds from ticket sales and the VIP dinner will be directed to the EAF, which will help the many UTA students affected by Hurricane Harvey afford basic necessities. Find more information on the Emergency Assistance Fund.
Lou Diamond Phillips has enjoyed great success as an actor, director, writer, and producer of film, 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.
Perhaps best known to audiences worldwide for his breakout performance as Ritchie Valens in the 1987 smash hit, La Bamba, he starred in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver, for which he won an Independent Spirit Award and earned 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 advocate for veterans, Phillips is the 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.