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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 24, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor

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A long-time aspiring actor who grabbed the public's attention with a stellar performance in the acclaimed "Antwone Fisher" (2002), Derek Luke emerged from years of obscurity to become an accomplished and respected performer. Not one to choose style over substance after his initial success, Luke has largely eschewed typical Hollywood fare to concentrate on meatier roles in smaller, but significant films that elevated the young actor's critical esteem. The cost, however, has been the spotlight-despite the recognition from "Antwone Fisher," Luke was yet a household name. But the comfortable anonymity suited the young actor just fine, even as he stood out as the star performer in roles both large and small, establishing what many believed would be a long and productive career.

A long-time aspiring actor who grabbed the public's attention with a stellar performance in the acclaimed "Antwone Fisher" (2002), Derek Luke emerged from years of obscurity to become an accomplished and respected performer. Not one to choose style over substance after his initial success, Luke has largely eschewed typical Hollywood fare to concentrate on meatier roles in smaller, but significant films that elevated the young actor's critical esteem. The cost, however, has been the spotlight-despite the recognition from "Antwone Fisher," Luke was yet a household name. But the comfortable anonymity suited the young actor just fine, even as he stood out as the star performer in roles both large and small, establishing what many believed would be a long and productive career.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Notorious (2009)
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 Lions for Lambs (2007)
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 GLORY ROAD (2006)
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 Catch a Fire (2006)
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 Spartan (2004) Curtis
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Milestones close milestones

1999:
Made TV debut as an orderly on "The King of Queens" (CBS)
2001:
Appeared on an episode of "Moesha" (UPN)
2002:
Featured in a series of Gap TV commericals
2002:
Made feature debut as the title character in Denzel Washington's directorial debut "Antwone Fisher"
2003:
Co-starred in the motorcycle drama "Biker Boyz"
2003:
Cast opposite Katie Holmes in the Sundance feature, "Pieces of April"
2004:
Appeared in director David Mamet's film "Spartan," starring Val Kilmer
2004:
Directed by Peter Berg in the football themed "Friday Night Lights"
2006:
Co-starred in "Glory Road," James Gartner's film based on the first all-black college basketball teams road to the NCAA national championship
2006:
Starred in the apartheid thriller "Catch a Fire"
2007:
Portrayed a soldier stationed in Afghanistan in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs"
2008:
Played one of the four male leads in Spike Lee's war film, "Miracle at St. Anna"
2009:
Portrayed Biggie's manager Sean Combs in the biopic, "Notorious"
2009:
Appeared in "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail"
2009:
Cast as paramedic Cameron Boone in the short-lived NBC drama, "Trauma"
2011:
Cast as Gabe Jones, a member of the Howling Commandos, in "Captain America: The First Avenger"
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Education

Linden High School: - 1992

Notes

"The only way I survived was having faith...and a one-way ticket from New Jersey to Los Angeles. I believe that things happen to those that believe."---Derek Luke

"Well I wen to college for one semester, and I took every subject I could, and I ended up failing. So I thought to myself, Ever since I was a kid, I've loved expression--and that's when I started thinking about acting."---Luke to Interview Magazine April 2004

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wife:
Sophia Adella Hernandez. Singer. Married c. 1999.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Maurice. Actor. Guyana native.
mother:
Marjorie Dixon. Pianist.
brother:
Maurice Jr.. Musician. Born c. 1972.
brother:
Daniel. Graphic artist. Born c. 1982.
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