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Actor Lou Diamond Phillips to visit Drake

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Lou Diamond Phillips

CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

Lou Diamond Phillips, star of “Camelot,” now playing at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, will visit Drake University Thursday, Oct. 25, for an “In the Actors Studio”-style discussion.

Deena Conley, Drake assistant professor of theatre arts, will moderate the talk, which will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

Phillips is making his return to the stage as King Arthur in the Betts Broadway Series Presentation of “Camelot,” which runs through Sunday, Oct. 28. This follows his award-winning performance as the King of Siam in a stage revival of “The King and I” for which he received a Tony Award nomination, the New York Outer Critics Circle Award and a Theatre World Award. His extensive theater credits include “A Hatful Of Rain,” “P.S. Your Cat Is Dead,” “The Lady’s Not For Burning,” “Doctor Faustus,” “Hamlet” and “Whose Life Is It Anyway?”

Phillips burst on the film scene in 1987’s “La Bamba” as rocker Ritchie Valens. He followed this with another break-out performance in “Stand and Deliver” and received the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance. His film career has continued with “Young Guns,” “Young Guns II” and “Courage Under Fire.” His extensive television career includes recent appearances on the CBS Series “NUMB3RS,” “The Triangle” on TNT and the Hallmark Channel’s “A Trail of Hope Lost.”

Before coming to Des Moines for “Camelot,” Phillips was in Spain to film part of Steven Soderbergh’s “Guerrilla,” where he plays a Bolivian alongside revolutionary leader Che Guevara, played by Benicio del Toro.