Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba (1987). Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won an Independent Spirit Award for his portrayal of Angel David Guzman in the inner-city high school drama Stand and Deliver. He made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I, earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam.
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