Fun facts to know and tell

by chuckofish

Today is the birthday of Lou Diamond Phillips, born Lou Diamond Upchurch in 1962. His American father was Scots-Irish/Cherokee and his mother Filipina, allowing him to play a wide range of ethnically varied characters.

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LDP as the King of Siam

In case you were wondering–as I did–he was named after Marine legend Master Gunnery Sergeant  Leland Sanford “Lou” Diamond (May 30, 1890 – September 20, 1951) who was revered as the classic “Gunny”–a tough, hard-fighting career Marine who served in the corps in the years from WWI through WWII. (Bonus point: Diamond was an Episcopalian.)

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Isn’t that interesting? I think so too. Surprisingly, there has never been a movie made specifically about  Lou Diamond, but his “type” is recognizable in many movies and  in NCIS.

Fun fact #2: Lou Diamond Phillips was in the episode “Red Tape” from season three of Miami Vice (1987) in which Viggo Mortensen dies before the credits.

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Viggo and Lou play detectives about to get their gold shields, Eddie Trumbull and Bobby Diaz. Following standard operating procedure, they call Rico and Sonny for help executing a search warrant, unaware the residence door has been rigged with explosives until Trumbull dies. Annette Bening also has a tiny part in this episode.

Well, it might be time to unearth this classic episode and watch it tonight.

This is how my mind works. Have a good weekend.