Derek Luke

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Derek Luke
BornJersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1999–present
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Derek Luke
BornJersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1999–present

Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974)[1] is an American actor. He won the Independent Spirit Award for his big-screen debut performance in the 2002 film Antwone Fisher, directed and produced by Denzel Washington.[2]

Early life[edit]

Luke was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Marjorie Dixon, a pianist, and Maurice Luke, a former actor. His father is from Georgetown, Guyana.[3][4] He attended freshman year at Linden High School and graduated from Snyder High School in 1993.[citation needed]


An audition with casting director Robi Reed-Humes for the role of Antwone Fisher went well enough that Luke was called in to meet Washington, one of Luke's childhood idols.[5]

Luke played one of the four male leads in Spike Lee's 2008 war film Miracle at St. Anna, replacing Wesley Snipes, who had to leave the film due to his highly publicized tax problems.[6]

Luke played a small part as a nurse in the 1999 episode "White Collar" of the sitcom The King of Queens, and appeared on the NBC show Trauma. He played one of the group members of Mayhem in the Moesha episode "Mayhem at the Jam Esp' (March 19, 2001).

He plays Alicia Keys' love interest in her music video for "Teenage Love Affair". He played singer Monica's love interest in the her music video for "So Gone". Luke played Sean 'Puffy' Combs in the 2009 film Notorious,[2] and James 'Boobie' Miles in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights.

Luke was cast to play Gabe Jones, a member of the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger, released in July 2011.

In June 2011, Luke also began starring in the TNT original medical drama series HawthoRNe as Miles Bourdet, an assistant surgeon from Chicago.

From February to April 2013, Luke played the character of "Gregory" in the F/X series The Americans.



2002Antwone FisherAntwone "Fish" FisherBET Award for Best Actor
Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
National Board of Review Award for Best Male Breakthrough Performance
Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Male Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star – Male
2003Biker BoyzKid
2003Pieces of AprilBobby
2004Friday Night LightsBoobie Miles
2006Glory RoadBobby Joe HillHollywood Film Festival Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
2006Catch a FirePatrick ChamussoNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2007Lions for LambsArian Finch
2008Definitely, MaybeRussell T. McCormack
2008Miracle at St. Anna2nd Staff Sgt. Aubrey StampsNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2009NotoriousSean "Puffy" Combs
2009Madea Goes to JailJoshua HardawayNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
2011Captain America: The First AvengerGabe Jones
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldAlan Speck
2013Baggage ClaimWilliam Wright


1999The King of QueensOrderlyEpisode: "White Collar"
2000The King of QueensDelivery ManEpisode: "Dark Meet"
2001MoeshaRuckusEpisode: "Mayhem at the Jam"
2009–2010TraumaCameron Boone20 episodes
2011HawthorneDr. Miles Bourdet8 episodes
2011CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationParamedicEpisode: "CSI Down"
2013The AmericansGregory Thomas3 episodes


  1. ^ "Today in History - April 24". Fox News. 2012-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b Kam Williams (2009-01-25). "Derek Luke: The Notorious Interview". Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Tim Robbins and Derek Luke interview about Catch a Fire". 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Derek Luke Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  5. ^ "It's just like in the movies: A novice hits the big time", "Los Angeles Times", Nov. 3, 2002
  6. ^ Collis, Clark. "Fall Movie Summer Preview, September: Miracle at St. Anna." Entertainment Weekly, Iss. #1007/1008, August 22/29, 2008, pg. 42-45.

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