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  • Is of Scotch-Irish, Cherokee, Filipino and Hawaiian decent.
  • His father named him after United States Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Lou Diamond; his surname comes from his stepfather.
  • Although he was offered scholarships to the U.S. Naval Academy and Yale, he decided to attend the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Once borrowed a bellhop's uniform to sneak up to a hotel room to meet Robert De Niro.
  • Won a Best Supporting Actor Independent Spirit award for his work in 1989's Stand and Deliver.
  • Crowned the winner of NBC's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2009; donated the winnings to the Art Has Heart Foundation, which provides college scholarships to low-income students.
  • Defeated Coolio in the Season 1 finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off in 2012, winning $50,000 for the charity Share Our Strength, which strives to end childhood hunger in America.
  • Plays on the World Poker Tour.


  • 1996, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1989, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Winner
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series: Nominee


  • Jennifer Tilly — Ex-fiancée
  • George Phillips — Stepfather
  • Grace Moorea Phillips — Daughter
  • Gerald Upchurch — Father
  • Lucita Upchurch Phillips — Mother
  • Indigo Sanara Phillips — Daughter
  • Yvonne Marie Boismier — Wife
  • Kelly Preston — Ex-wife
  • Isabella Patricia Phillips — Daughter
  • Julie Cypher — Ex-wife
  • Lili Jordan Phillips — Daughter


  • University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX (BA in Drama, 1985)

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  • Birth Name: Louis Upchurch
  • Birth Place: Subic Nava Stations, Philippines
  • Profession: Actor

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