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Derek Luke stars in "Captain America: The First Avenger," opposite Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones, as Gabe Jones.

Derek Luke was introduced to audiences worldwide with his courageous and heart-wrenching portrayal of an abandoned and abused young man trying to find his path in life. In the 2002, highly revered drama "Antwone Fisher," Luke starred as the title character in Denzel Washington's first directorial effort. Luke earned several awards and accolades for his performance, including a Black
Derek Luke in "Trauma"
Derek Luke Trauma
Reel Award for Best Actor, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. He also earned a BET Award in 2003 for Favorite Actor.

In September 2009, Luke made his television debut starring as paramedic Cameron Boone in NBC's ensemble drama series, "Trauma."

Following the success of "Antwone Fisher," in 2003, Luke co-starred in a number of diverse film roles. Luke starred alongside Laurence Fishburne in "Biker Boyz," where Luke portrayed a motorcycle drag-racing prodigy who threatens to de-throne the undefeated 'King of Cali' (Fishburne) for title of best racer. Shortly thereafter, in the critically acclaimed, independent film "Pieces of April," Luke starred as Katie Holmes' loyal boyfriend Bobby, whose efforts to find a suit so he could make a good impression on his girlfriend's relatives was one of three Thanksgiving day journeys told in the movie. Directed by Peter Hedges ("About a Boy"), "Pieces of April" was distributed by United Artists.

In 2004, Luke was tapped by director David Mamet for a starring role in the political thriller "Spartan," alongside Val Kilmer and William H. Macy. In the Warner Bros. film, Luke portrayed a Marine Corps trainee who is recruited to recover the kidnapped daughter of the President of the United States.

In October 2004, Luke starred as James "Boobie" Miles in "Friday Night Lights," a film directed by Peter Berg and produced by Brian Grazer. Set in a small, Texas town where high school football is the best chance for a college scholarship, the film chronicles a team, coached by Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thorton), whose chances of a championship are jeopardized when star player Boobie Miles is seriously injured. The popularity of the movie spawned the NBC television series of the same name.

Luke's next project, "Glory Road," opened in the number one slot in the box office on opening weekend. The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Disney, Luke starred as a basketball player in this true story dealing with the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, in which Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) head coach Don Haskins guided a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history.

In late 2006, Luke co-starred with Tim Robbins in "Catch a Fire" for director Phillip Noyce. The true story revolves around South African Patrick Chamusso a young, apolitical man (Luke) who is accused of carrying out an attack against the government, and a police officer, Nic Vos (Robbins). Vos is in charge of locating the perpetrators of a recent bomb attack, and Patrick is unwillingly swept into this investigation. Luke's performance garnered attention from top critics, including Kenneth Turan of the "Los Angeles Times," who cited in his review of the film: "The young American actor (Derek Luke) gives such an intense, passionate performance as South African Patrick Chamusso that he just about dares you not to be involved in the story he is telling."

In 2007, Luke appeared alongside Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise in "Lions for Lambs," directed by Redford. In the role of student Arian Finch, Luke's character enlists in the U.S. Army upon being urged by their idealistic professor to do something important with his life. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, the movie is about a platoon of United States soldiers in Afghanistan, a U.S. senator, a reporter, and a California college professor, and how their life choices profoundly affect each other.

In 2008, following his supporting role in the romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe," Luke led an ensemble cast in Spike Lee's WWII epic "Miracle at St. Anna" as one of four African American soldiers who are caught behind enemy lines. "Miracle at St. Anna" debuted as a Gala screening in the prestigious Toronto Film Festival and was released by Disney on September 26. Luke was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his work in the film.

In early January 2009, Luke starred as Sean "Puffy" Combs in the Fox Searchlight bio-pic "Notorious" about the slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. The film, directed by George Tillman, Jr., was executive-produced by Sean Combs and tells the life story of this popular Brooklyn rapper who was gunned down in Los Angeles on March 25, 1997. Angela Bassett stars as Voletta Wallace, mother of Notorious B.I.G.

In February 2009, Luke appeared in Tyler Perry's family film "Madea Goes to Jail," loosely based on the Atlanta stage production of the same name. He plays unlucky-in-love lawyer Joshua, who has the misfortune of encountering the mischievous grandmother Madea. Up next for Luke is the role of Speck in the ensemble, end-of-the-world drama "Seeking a Friend For the End of the World."

Born and raised in Linden, New Jersey, Luke currently splits his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco with his wife Sophia.


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Age: 42 years old
Birthday: April 24, 1974
Height: 5' 11"
Birthplace: Jersey City, NJ
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA
Wife: Sophia Adella Luke

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