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Underrated, should've been a bigger star


I wonder why he never made it bigger than he did. He's had a successful career, to be sure, but he should've been more successful and landed bigger roles.

I mostly know him from Longmire, Courage Under Fire, The Big Hit, Young Guns and La Bamba. He was excellent in them all.

While he's occasionally broken through to big roles, most of his career has been made up of guest starring appearances on TV shows and roles in small movies that no one's heard of.

It's a shame that Longmire's been cancelled, as that was a great character for him. I hope that he gets at least a few more big opportunities before he calls it a career.

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I agree, he's a good likeable actor. The Big Hit was hilarious thanks for reminding me of that one..

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Cool, glad to see someone else out there appreciates him.

The Big Hit is great and it shows LDP's range as an actor. He's goofy as hell in that movie and handled the comedy really well.

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He was huge during the late 80's and early 90's. He just got overshadowed by a lot of talent.

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I saw a commercial for Prodigal Son and was thinking the same thing. I always liked him and thought he should have been a bigger star. Glad to see I'm not alone.

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If you're a Lou Diamond fan, and haven't already watched it, you really should check out Longmire on Netflix. It's great and he has a major role.

I'm glad that he landed a role in what looks like it could be a big show with Prodigal Son. I certainly hope it's a success for LDP's sake. I just wish the trailers interested me more.

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I did watch Longmire, but it wasn't as popular as it should have been. :)

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Loved it. A&E was going to cancel it after 3 seasons, so I'm thankful that Netflix stepped in and gave us 3 more.

I still wish we could've gotten more, though. With the structure of the show being largely that of an episodic procedural, it could've run for several more years in my view.

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Maybe similar to Graham Greene or Edward James Olmos, LDP was stuck in a type where he had to be that guy "of color" and it hampered him as a leading man. I'm very interested in the Sheen Brothers, and they didn't have Rocket Careers to Stardom, so I figure LDP landed where he deserved to be. You ether make it work or you get left behind. I think Lou made it work.

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