Lou Diamond Phillips has enjoyed great success as an actor, director, writer, and producer across a myriad of platforms, including feature films, television, and theatre. On television, Phillips recently starred on the acclaimed Netflix series, Longmire, based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson. He played Henry Standing Bear, Longmire’s closest friend. In addition, Phillips is a recurring character on the Disney animated series, Elena of Avalor as well as the Disney Junior series, The Lion Guard. Last year, Phillips received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Drama or Comedy for his role in the History Channel’s Crossroads of History. Other recent credits include a pivotal role on the NBC series Blindspot, in addition to guest star roles on CBS’ Training Day, Hawaii Five-0, Graves for EPIX, FX’s You’re the Worst, Amazon’s Goliath, and most recently, recurring roles on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Netflix’s The Ranch.
In 2013, Phillips won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Milan International Film Festival and Best Actor Award at the 2012 Imagen Awards for his performance as Jose Tonorio, opposite Gina Rodriguez in the Sundance Festival favorite Filly Brown. He was also nominated for an Imagen Award in 2016 for his performance as Don Lucho in the Warner Bros and Alcon Entertainment film, The 33, opposite Antonio Banderas and Juliet Binoche, which chronicled the story of the Chilean Miners that were trapped underground for several weeks.Most recently, the Imagens have honored Phillips with another nomination for Best Actor for his role as Monsignor Renzulli in Created Equal directed by Bill Duke.
As a director, Phillips recently helmed an episode of Longmire and will be directing AMC’s hit series, Fear the Walking Dead. Lou made his feature debut with Dangerous Touch, a psychological thriller that he co-wrote for HBO. He previously directed the Hallmark Channel movie Love Takes Wing, and episodes of Resurrection Blvd., The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone.
Phillips is a dedicated veterans’ advocate and most recently, was honored to accept the offer to serve as the National Salute Chairman for 2017. He is currently the National Spokesperson for the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Oxfam America Award for his dedication to ending world hunger. As a passion project, Phillips hosted An Officer and a Movie on the Military Channel.
Phillips is also passionate about music and appeared in the 2013 MTV VMA-nominated music video “Radioactive” for the Grammy Award-winning artist Imagine Dragons. Phillips’ other passions include cooking and poker. As a cook, he is known for his American Fusion style.