Lou Diamond Phillips is an actor best known for playing Ritchie Valens in La Bamba. He was a pretty good actor and it seemed like he was poised to become a movie star. But it didn’t really happen. His career kind of fizzled out. He kept finding work, but he went from staring in movies to costarring, and his movies kept getting worse and worse. He started becoming more of a television actor, and he even had to resort to reality show appearances a few times. He was once Lou Diamond Phillips, Movie Star. Now he’s Lou Diamond Phillips, That Guy. Whenever you see him pop up in a TV show or movie, you’re kind of like Oh yeah, him. He’s still alive. Good for him, and then you go back to forgetting about him. I don’t really feel too bad for him, but I would buy him a pity beer for sure if I ever met him.
Critically Rated at 8/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young