THE BIG HIT
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS (Cisco) most recently co-starred in
the military drama Courage Under Fire opposite Meg Ryan
and Denzel Washington. His portrayal of Monfriez, the headstrong
and determined army gunner, won him rave reviews and a Blockbuster
Phillips fulfilled a lifelong acting dream when he took to the
stage in the Broadway production of the classic Rogers & Hammerstein
musical, "The King & I." Since opening in 1996,
the production has garnered six Tony nominations, including a
Best Actor nomination for Phillips and Outstanding Broadway Debut
awards from Theater World and the New York Outer Critics Circle.
Phillips first came to the public's attention in La Bamba
and solidified his reputation in Stand And Deliver, for
which he won the Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actor
and received a Golden Globe nomination. He also starred in such
films as Young Guns I & II, Disorganized Crime, Renegades,
The First Power and Shadow of the Wolf.
His cable and television credits include Showtime's "Wharf
Rats," HBO's "Extreme Justice" and early career
appearances on "Dallas" and "Miami Vice."
Phillips' extensive theater credits include "P.S. Your Cat
Is Dead," "The Lady's Not For Burning," "Doctor
Faustus," "Hamlet" and a new adaptation of Bertolt
Brecht's "The Good Person of Szechwan" with Pulitzer
Prize winner Tony Kushner.
In addition to his acting talents, Phillips has established himself
as a writer and director. His first produced screenplay, Ambition,
in which he also starred, was released by Miramax in 1992. His
directorial debut was Dangerous Touch, a psychological
thriller for Trimark and HBO, in association with Facet Films
(Phillips' own production company). Phillips also directed Sioux
City for Cabin Fever Entertainment, which received strong critical
notices across the U.S. and a Gold Medal Award at the International
Film Festival in Houston, Texas.
A native of Texas, Phillips has been acting since the sixth grade
and has been active in the Dallas/Fort Worth theater and film
community. When not on location, Phillips lives in Los Angeles
with his wife, Kelly. He recently signed to star in the NBC drama
"Adversaries," the new series created by "ER"
executive producer John Wells.
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