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What Happened To ... The Cast Of 'La Bamba'?
In 1987, Hollywood released a biographical film on the life of rock 'n' roll legend Ritchie Valens, a Mexican-American from East Los Angeles. Valens died at the age of 17 in a 1959 plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. The film featured many notable Latino actors and a Filipino one, Lou Diamond Phillips, who would become forever connected to Latino culture.
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La Bamba 1987

THEN: Lou Diamond Phillips, 25, and Danielle von Zerneck in a car in a scene from the film La Bamba in 1987.

(2012 Getty Images)

Lou Diamond Phillips

NOW: Lou Diamond Phillips stars on the network's show "Longmire."  He also starred in the Imagine Dragons' music video for "Radioactive."

(2013 Getty Images)

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THEN: Actors Esai Morales and Lou Diamond Phillips attending the preview party for La Bamba on July 23, 1987 in New York City.

(1987 Ron Galella)

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THEN: Esai Morales and Rosanna DeSoto in a scene from La Bamba, 1987. Morales played Valen's troubled brother Bob and DeSoto played his mother.

(2012 Getty Images)

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NOW: Actor Esai Morales attends a screening of  his latest film "Gun Hill Road" on July 28, 2011 in New York City.  Morales would later be known for his tenure on "NYPD Blue" on ABC and starred on the SyFy series "Caprica".

(2011 Getty Images)

Rojas

THEN: Singer and guitarist of the East Los Angeles rock group Los Lobos, Cesar Rosas, performs during a 1987 Los Angeles, California, concert. Los Lobos performed and wrote the music for the film La Bamba. They even made a cameo in the film.

(1987 George Rose)

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NOW: Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos performs on stage during 89.9 KCRW presents the 2nd annual Los Lobos Cinco De Mayo festival at The Greek Theatre on May 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

(2013 Mike Windle)

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NOW: Musicians Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Cougar Estrada, Louie Pérez, and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos perform in concert at ACL Live on January 18, 2013 in Austin, Texas. 

(2013 Rick Kern)

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Actress Elizabeth Peña attends the New York premiere of the film Lone Star June 10, 1996 in New York City. The acclaimed film was directed by John Sayles and featured Peña prominently.  Peña continues to act in film. She played Bob's mistreated love interest in La Bamba.

(Getty)

Pantaliano

Actor Joe Pantaliano attends the Pro-Am Ski Race in 2009 in Deer Valley, Utah. Pantaliano played Valens' manager in the film and continues to act in other films and TV, most notably as a mobster on "The Sopranos."

(2009 Getty Images)

What Happened To ... The Cast Of 'La Bamba'?

In 1987, Hollywood released a biographical film on the life of rock 'n' roll legend Ritchie Valens, a Mexican-American from East Los Angeles. Valens died at the age of 17 in a 1959 plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. The film featured many notable Latino actors and a Filipino one, Lou Diamond Phillips, who would become forever connected to Latino culture.

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