Luke Kirby

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Luke Kirby

Kirby at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Take This Waltz
Born(1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 34)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Other namesLuke Farrell Kirby
EducationNational Theatre School of Canada
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present
 
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Luke Kirby

Kirby at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Take This Waltz
Born(1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 34)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Other namesLuke Farrell Kirby
EducationNational Theatre School of Canada
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present

Luke Kirby (born June 21, 1978) is a Canadian theatre, film and television actor.[1]

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Early life

Luke was born in Hamilton, Ontario, to two American expatriates. His mother is from Brooklyn, New York, and his father grew up "along the eastern seaboard."[2] His parents moved from New York City, New York, to Canada in 1974. Kirby studied drama at the National Theatre School of Canada, a theatre conservatory which focuses on classical works, and graduated in 2000.[3]

Career

Luke has been performing since his teens after he was accepted at The National Theatre School of Canada. He graduated in May 2000 and after two auditions found himself working on two separate projects in major roles; the CBS/Alliance mini-series Haven and director Léa Pool's feature Lost and Delirious.

Soon after, Luke performed the role of 'Morgan' in the Factory Theatre's production of Geometry in Venice in Toronto, a performance that garnered him a Best Actor nomination at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. This was quickly followed by the role of 'Patroclus' in Theatre for a New Audience's production of Troilus and Cressida directed by Sir Peter Hall in New York City. In 2006, he gave a critically acclaimed performance in The Women's Project production of Jump/Cut.[4] Other theatre credits include Judith Thompson's premiere of Habitat at Canadian Stage followed by Daniel Brooks premiere of The Good Life at the Tarragon Theatre (both in Toronto). His latest theatre venture was in NYC where he performed the lead role in Defender of the Faith (Irish Repertory Theatre).[5][6]

Luke's first feature film was the role of Jim in Halloween: Resurrection.[7] Other film credits include lead roles in Peter Wellington's feature Luck and Mambo Italiano[8] directed by Émile Gaudreault. Mambo Italiano received a gala presentation at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival to a standing ovation and earned Luke a Canadian Comedy Award Nomination. Following on the success of Luck and Mambo Italiano, Luke ended up with a part that was written for him in the feature film Shattered Glass produced by Cruise/Wagner. In 2007, he played the lead role of Ray Dokes opposite Rachael Leigh Cook and Keith Carradine in the Canadian feature All Hat.[9] His latest film role is opposite Lindsay Lohan in a feature titled Labor Pains.

In television, one of Luke's favourite roles was the critically acclaimed TMN/Showcase mini-series, Slings and Arrows, featuring some of Canada's top actors and directed by his friend Peter Wellington. Sex Traffic, a mini-series for Channel 4 and CBC that aired in the fall of 2004, had him working with one of Britain's top directors, David Yates, and earned him a Gemini nomination. That same year he received a second Gemini nomination for his guest starring role in the dramatic series The Eleventh Hour. In the fall of 2005, Luke landed a role as a series regular in HBO's Tell Me You Love Me, directed by Patricia Rozema. The first season aired in HBO in September 2007. Most recently, he can be seen starring as Jimmy Burns in the critically acclaimed Canwest Global television series Cra$h & Burn.

He is represented by Kishwar Iqbal of Gary Goddard Agency in Canada[10] and Gene Parseghian at Parseghian Planco and The Gersh Agency in NYC.

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2001Lost and DeliriousJake Hollander
2002Halloween: ResurrectionJim
2003Mambo ItalianoAngelo BarberiniNominated—Canadian Comedy Award for Pretty Funny Performance
2003Shattered GlassRob Gruen
2003LuckShane Bradley
2004Window TheoryBrad
2004The Human KazooZachariashort
2004The Greatest Game Ever PlayedFrank Hoyt
2007All HatRay Dokes
2007The Stone AngelLeo
2009Labor PainsNick Steinwald
2011Take This WaltzDaniel
2012The SamaritanEthan
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Give Me Your Soul...Narratordocumentary
2002Halloween: ResurrectedHimselfvideo short
2001HavenDaniel Weinzweigmini-series
2003–2005Slings and ArrowsJack Crew7 episodes
2004Sex TrafficCallum Tatemini-series
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
2005The Eleventh HourJosh Casey1 episode - Hit Delete
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series
2005It's Me...GeraldDr. Dan1 episode - How Do You Know You've Hit Bottom?
2006Northern TownBrian
2007Tell Me You Love MeHugo8 episodes
2009FlashpointEvan Hewson1 episode - Last Dance
2009Law & OrderBobby Amato1 episode - The Drowned and the Saved
2009Law & Order: Criminal IntentAndre Haslum1 episode - Folie a Deux
2009–2010Cra$h & BurnJimmy Burn13 episodes

References

  1. ^ "Luke Kirby Filmography". northernstars.ca. http://www.northernstars.ca/actorjkl/kirby_luke.html. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Luke Kirby by Vittorio Carli". reelmoviecritic.com. http://www.reelmoviecritic.com/20038q/id1955.htm. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Alumni, Acting: 2000-2009". National Theatre School of Canada. http://www.ent-nts.ca/en/alumni/all/acting/2000.aspx. 
  4. ^ "Jump/Cut (New York Premiere)". womensproject.org. http://www.womensproject.org/jump_cut.htm. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  5. ^ David Finkle"Defender of the Faith review". theatremania.com. http://theatremania.com/off-broadway/news.03-2007/defender-of-the-faith_10285.html. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Paricia Jameson-Sammartano"An IRA Family Unravels In 'Defender of the Faith'". thewildgeese.com. http://www.thewildgeese.com/pages/def_fai.html. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Movie Spoiler - Halloween: Resurrection". themoviespoiler.com. http://www.themoviespoiler.com/Spoilers/halloweenresurrestion.html. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Canada's BiG Gay Italian Fat Wedding Comedy Strikes Universal Chord". femail.com.au. http://femail.com.au/luke_kirby_peter_miller_mambo_italiano.htm. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Straight Shooter: The horse opera All Hat talks tough but fails to deliver". cbc.ca. http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/allhat.html. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Luke Kirby - Bio". garygoddardagency.com. http://garygoddardagency.com/clients/luke-kirby/biography. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 

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