Birthday: 04/24/1974 Year
Age: 40 years
Place of Birth: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Nationality: United States
Due to their hectic lives Derek learned to fight, he also learned to represent the bully – so it was easier. After school for a semester Luc studied acting at Jersey State College, a little stuffed arm, he moved to Los Angeles to begin to engage in their careers seriously.
Long was walking to success, won the attention of the public stellar performance in the movie “Antoine Fisher” (“Antwone Fisher”, 2002), actor Derek Luke got out of the darkness of obscurity to become honored and respected artists. But he’s not one of those who prefer the style of content – after the success of Luc mostly avoids the typical Hollywood roles to focus on the more saturated roles in smaller, but more important films. And it only adds him respect from critics. The price of this desire was that, despite the spotlights for a moment Luke snatched from the darkness, his name has not yet kept on hearing. Such anonymity is suitable for a young actor, allowing him to stay out of the convention, and to focus directly on the favorite career.
Derek Luke was born April 24, 1974 in Jersey City (New Jersey) – in the city, where his father, Maurice, a native of Guyana. As previously actor in London, he settled down and married the pianist Merzhori Dixon. They divorced when Derek was in third grade, her mother took three sons – Derek Morris, Jr. and Daniel little to educate them on their own. She was trying to make ends meet, the family often transported from place to place – Luke replaced six schools before, in 1992, he graduated from high school in Linden (NJ). Due to their hectic lives Derek learned to fight, he also learned to represent the bully – so it was easier. After school for a semester Luc studied acting at Jersey State College, a little stuffed arm, he moved to Los Angeles to begin to engage in their careers seriously.
Luc did everything he could to earn money – selling cologne from the trunk of his car and waited doorman in different institutions – in general, did what most aspiring to success of young people would not have to deal with.
Although he received several “pleasure” roles in episodes of TV series “Moesha” (UPN, 1995-2001) and “The King of Queens” (CBS, 1998), nothing serious for Luke not planned. But fortune turned to face him when he was working behind the counter of the gift shop at the studio “Paramount Pictures”. Derek invited to lunch a friend who was familiar with Antoine Fisher, and who knew that a former sailor has a script based on his life for the film adaptation of which was hired by director Denzel Washington. Luke became friends with Fisher and … failed audition for the lead role. It was a failure. But, showing a small smyshlёnost, Luke asked second audition and got it. The actor had to undergo three more tests before he was accepted into the composition. Washington personally delivered the glad tidings came in the gift shop, where a grateful Luke hugged and kissed, “the Oscar-winning” directed to the irresistible impulse of gratitude.
“Antoine Fisher” tells the story of a windy and emotionally closed young sailors, who have problems because of the fighting, in connection with which he is ordered to look at the ship’s psychiatrist (Washington). This seemingly frivolous and useless indication soon turns into an emotional outpouring, they uncover the terrible childhood, full of bullying. With the help of a psychiatrist Fisher abruptly reverses his life and decides to “head-on” to face with his past – to find a family who threw his baby.
Luke remembered his vulnerable and mature game, get over it in 2002, “National Board of Review Award”, and in 2003 – “Independent Spirit Award” for “Best Actor”. The next work was the film actor “Bikers” (“Biker Boyz”, 2003) Laurence Fishburne with and Kid Rock, where he acted as a novice stritreysera blacks, hoping to topple the current champion. Then Derek played a reliable friend of a young woman (Katie Holmes), cooking Thanksgiving Day feast for his distant family in the movie “April Holiday” (“Pieces of April”, 2003).
Next role was teylbeka school football team, whose injury received at the end of the season, jeopardizing chances of getting into college team, in the small sports melodrama Peter Berg’s “In the glory” (“Friday Night Lights”, 2004). After this wonderful Luke showed itself in another inspirational sports stories “follow the rules” (“Glory Road”, 2006) – a film based on a true story, tells the story of a football team in 1966 “Texas Western Miners”, which entered the history of the US Sports Association through the charismatic coach (Josh Lucas), whose strong desire to win was combined with the warmth and self-esteem, will overcome all racial barriers.
Derek Luke in 1998 and is currently married to Sofia Adell Luke. At the Award Ceremony “Independent Spirit Award” actor brought his wife on stage and handed her the prize. Young family enriched in March 2007, when Derek and Sophie appeared first child.
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