Handsome and gifted with a winning grin, Derek Luke was relatively unknown except for appearances on the television series Moesha and The King of Queens before landing the lead role in Antwone Fisher which would launch his career into leading man status.
During the casting process for Antwone Fisher, Derek's determination and perseverance paid off when he caught the attention of the film's first-time director, Denzel Washington, amongst hundreds of other young hopefuls. A New Jersey native and former employee at the Sony Pictures gift shop (where he sold candy for five years), Derek auditioned for the role five times over a four-year period before he finally won the starring role that marked his big break into feature films. The young actor was heaped with critical accolades for his emotional, vulnerable performance.
Derek was next seen starring in Biker Boyz opposite Laurence Fishburne and Kid Rock, playing a rookie African American motorcycle street racer hoping to dethrone the reigning champ. Luke also starred in the critically acclaimed independent film, Pieces of April, written and directed by Peter Hedges, opposite Katie Holmes and Patricia Clarkston; and appeared opposite Val Kilmer in the David Mamet feature Spartan.
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Derek Luke Facts
|Birthday||April 24, 1974 (48)|
|Birthplace||Jersey City, New Jersey, USA|
|Height||5' 11" (1m80) How tall is Derek Luke compared to you?|
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