Derek Luke is an American-born film and television actor. He made his debut on the big screen in 2002 in the biography Antwone Fisher. His portrayal of the film’s title character is still one of his most critically acclaimed roles, having received several awards for his performance. The talented actor has since starred in several other notable films, including Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, Sparkle, and the superhero movie Captain America: The First Avenger.
On the small screen, Luke is known for his roles in television series like Trauma and Rogue. He recently landed a spot in the main cast of the web drama series 13 Reasons Why. After 2 successful seasons, the series was extended for a third season in June 2018.
Bio (Age) – Who is Derek Luke?
Derek Luke was born on April 24, 1974, in Jersey City, New Jersey. His mother Marjorie Dixon is a pianist and his father Maurice Luke is a former actor. He has 2 brothers, Maurice and Daniel. Derek began his high school education at Linden High School in Union County, New Jersey, but after the first year of study, he transferred to Henry Snyder High School in Hudson County, New Jersey, where he graduated and graduated in 1993.
Derek Luke made his professional acting debut in the hit sitcom The King of Queens (1999-2000), followed by a guest appearance in another sitcom Moesha (2001). He received his first role in a feature film as the leading actor in the biography Antwone Fisher (2002), co-produced and directed by Denzel Washington. Luke’s portrayal of the film’s title character Antwone “Fish” Fisher earned him critical acclaim, including the BET Award for Best Actor, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Actor, and two Black Reel Awards for Best Actor and Best Groundbreaking Performance. The talented actor has also been nominated for a Teen Choice Award, an MTV Movie Award, and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Following his groundbreaking performance, Luke starred in several other films, including Pieces of April (2003), Biker Boyz (2003), Spartan (2004), and Friday Night Lights (2004). He starred in the sports biography Glory Road (2006), which won him the Hollywood Film Festival’s Best Groundbreaking Actor award. He also starred in another biography, Catch a Fire (2006), which earned him nominations for the Black Reel Award and the Satellite Award for Best Actor. This actor definitely has a knack for acting in biographical films.
Derek Luke also had a role in the war drama film Lions for Lambs (2007) alongside Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise, and he also starred in the hit comedy Definitely, Maybe alongside Ryan Reynolds. Other notable films include Miracle at St. Anna (2008), another Biopic Notorious (2009), Madea Goes to Jail (2009), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and Baggage Pickup (2013).
On the small screen, Lukas is known for his starring role as Cameron Boone in the short-lived drama series Trauma (2009-10). He also had a regular role in the medical drama series Hawthorne (2011), followed by guest appearances in hit series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011), The Americans (2013-18), and Empire (2015). He also appeared in the main cast of the crime series Rogue (2015-17) starring Marlon Dinard. He recently landed a spot in the lead cast of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (2017-present).
Wife (Sophia Adella Luke) and Kids
Just like his acting career, Derek Luke has also done very well on the home front. The Hollywood star is married to his wife Sophia Adella Luke (née Hernandez), who is over 2 decades old. The two lovebirds married in 1998 and have been inseparable ever since. Their rock-solid marriage is definitely a milestone for Hollywood. The couple welcomed their first child in early 2007.
Derek Luke has remained quite consistent in his acting career after his groundbreaking role in the biography Antwone Fisher. Although the talented actor hasn’t gotten his hands on too many blockbuster movie roles, he has taken out a substantial number of acting loans on both the big and small screen. The Hollywood star has an enviable net worth of $5 million.
Height and Other Body Measurements
In addition to his amazing acting talents, Derek Luke also has his good looks. Standing at a height of 180 cm (5 feet 11 inches), the movie star can be considered a true Hollywood star. With a body weight of 82 kg (181 lb), he also has a slim build.