Film and stage actor Derek Phillips was born in Miami, Florida on April 18, 1976, and attended Baylor University where he received a BFA in acting. Upon graduation Derek moved to New York and began acting professionally in both television and regional theatre performing throughout the country in numerous plays including "The Winter's Tale" (Baltimore Center Stage), "Of Mice and Men" (Dallas Theater Center), "The Glass Menagerie" (Virginia Stage Company), and "King o' The Moon" (Capital Repertory Theatre). After years of regional theatre and recurring roles on "The Guiding Light", "As the World Turns", and "All My Children" Derek finally got his break playing the emotionally charged role of Billy Riggins on the critically acclaimed NBC television show "Friday Night Lights." Derek is also an associate producer, assistant director and resident actor for the award-winning, ensemble based theatre company Second Thought Theatre, where he has performed as an actor in the regional premiere of Eric Bogosian's "Humpty Dumpty", Douglas Post's "Earth and Sky", and the world premiere of Steven Walters "Pluck the Day."
5' 9" (1.75 m)
Attended the same high school and played football with professional baseball players Alex Rodriguez, and Doug Meintkiewicz.
Was roommates with the Texas trial lawyer, Kendall Cockrell, in college.