Lou Diamond Phillips
|Net Worth:||$7 Million|
|Birthday:||Feb 17, 1962|
|Age:||61 years old|
|Height:||5.9 feet (180cm)|
|Birthplace:||United States of America|
|Occupation:||Actor, Film Director|
|Last Updated:||June, 2023|
Louis Diamond Phillips as of 2023, has a net worth of over $7 million dollars. The seasoned actor and director’s net worth is accumulated through multiple sources of income.
How Did Lou Diamond Phillips Become Rich?
Lou Phillips was born in the year 1962 and is currently 61 years old. His parents are Lucita Umaya Arañas and Gerald Amon Upchurch. They both worked in the United States Marine Corps. Lou was born in the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines. He was raised in Texas where he attended Bluff High School in Corpus Christi. Although Lou was offered scholarships to the US Naval Academy and Yale he passed both up opportunities and went on to attend the University of Texas. A few years later Lou graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama.
Mr. Phillips, like most people trying to make it in show business, had a humble beginning. He started in low-budget films like ‘Trespasses’. He also starred in a film called ‘American Me’. Lou at one point even worked as a vocalist in a rock group called ‘The Pipefitters’. In addition, he performed in drama club productions and local comedy casts. It wasn’t until the year 1987 when he had his big break thanks to a role in ‘La Bamba’. In this role, Lou played the main character of Ritchie Valens. This movie covered Ritchie’s life, tragic death, and the effect it had on his family. Later on, in 1996, he debuted in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s ‘The King And I’ as King. He has won theatre awards and has even been nominated for a Tony award! Lou has been featured in a popular radio series called ‘Twilight Zone’. Here he was featured for four episodes.
In 1992 Lou Phillips won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. This award was for the category of best supporting artist for his role in ‘Stand and Deliver’ with his co-star Edmond James Olmos. In this particular role Lou Phillips played a young gang member who had his life changed by a caring math teacher. Lou also had box office success for his role in ‘Courage Under Fire’. In this film he played alongside Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington. He was in a supporting role.
In 2001 Lou Phillips made a successful crossover into television acting where he appeared in a TV drama called ‘24’ where he appeared as a guest star. He featured in ‘Tale From The Crypt’ and ‘The Untold West’. He appeared in both shows for one episode. Later in the years up until 2010 he had a reoccurring role in the TV show ‘Numbers’. He also played in a show called ‘Longmire’ where he appeared in forty-three episodes. Lou starred in television series like ‘Miami Vice’ where he played a detective by the name of Bobby Diaz and voice acted for animated shows like ‘Trese’ which is one of the first Netflix Filipino anime shows. When asked about the show during an interview Lou voiced that he did not hesitate to hop on board with the show to represent his own ethnic group. Some of Lou’s more recent gigs were acting in a show called ‘Night Stalker’. This appearance was in the year 2016 and Lou played a serial killer named Richard Ramirez. Later he played Johnny Kane in a movie named ‘Big Kill’ and in 2020 he starred in ‘Adverse’ as Dr. Cruz.
During Lou’s career, he decided to venture into directing films. He has directed several films to date including ‘Dangerous Touch’,’ Love Takes Wing’ and ‘Sioux City’. Although his career was mostly smooth sailing, the actor/director did go through difficult times in the early ’90s. During that time he featured in many mediocre films. Luckily this rough patch did not last long and Lou was able to climb back to the top thanks to ‘Courage Under Fire’,
Aside from acting and directing, Lou is actually a very talented poker player with the money to prove it. Lou has won over $30,000 in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas because of his skill. Playing poker for Lou started in college as more of a hobby but after entering the California State Poker Championship and placing 31st out of 403 others, he became a bit more serious about it and started earning bigger wins.
What Is Lou Diamond Phillips Net Worth?
Lou Diamond Phillips’s net worth as of 2023 is estimated to be over $7 million dollars. Of this estimate about $5 million, he has earned from his films whether it be acting or directing. Of the remainder, Lou has accumulated a significant amount from court settlements. He won over $35,000 from playing poker and $50,000 from a celebrity cook off competition. In addition, Lou has a vintage car that costs well in the thousands along with his home in California that is furnished with a pool. Lou has also had brand deals.
How Lou Diamond Phillips Spends His Money?
It’s no secret that Lou spends large amounts during poker games. Although he often wins it back, sometimes he takes losses. Lou also loves partying and has even gotten in some trouble for driving intoxicated back in 2017. Lou has been seen sporting his green vintage car that costs some big bucks. He loves to keep in shape and even dishes out cash for a personal trainer. His biggest purchase however was his elegant home in California.
- Lou is married to Yvonne Boismier Phillips with whom he has one child. Her name is Indingo Phillips. Lou has also three other children; Grace, Isabella, and Lili Phillips.
- Lou was named after a marine whose name was Leland Lou Diamond but after his father’s passing Lou changed his surname to his stepfather’s.
- He was adopted in 1991 by an Oglala Lakota Sioux family. They had a traditional ceremony for this.
- Lou once dressed up in a bellhop’s uniform to sneak up to a hotel room to meet Robert De Niro.