Derek Luke is an American-born film and television actor. He marked his big-screen debut in the 2002 biopic, Antwone Fisher. His portrayal of the film’s title character remains one of his most critically acclaimed roles yet as he received several accolades for his performance. The talented actor has since starred in several other notable movies including Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, Sparkle, as well as the superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger.
On the small screen, Luke is known for his roles in TV series such as Trauma and Rogue. More recently, he landed a spot on the main cast of the web drama series, 13 Reasons Why. After 2 successful seasons, the show was renewed 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 his freshman year, he transferred to Henry Snyder High School in Hudson County, New Jersey where he completed his studies and graduated in 1993.
Derek Luke marked his professional acting debut on the hit sitcom The King of Queens (1999-2000) followed by a guest appearance on another sitcom Moesha (2001). He landed his first feature film role as the lead star of the biopic Antwone Fisher (2002) which was co-produced and directed by Denzel Washington. Luke’s portrayal of the movie’s title character Antwone “Fish” Fisher earned him much critical acclaim including the BET Award for Best Actor, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, and 2 Black Reel Awards for Best Actor and for Best Breakthrough Performance. The talented actor was also nominated for a Teen Choice Award, an MTV Movie Award, and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Following his breakout performance, Luke appeared in several other films including Pieces of April (2003), Biker Boyz (2003), Spartan (2004), and Friday Night Lights (2004). He had a starring role in the sports biopic Glory Road (2006) which earned him a Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Breakthrough Actor. He also featured in another biopic 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 starring 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 featured in the hit comedy Definitely, Maybe alongside Ryan Reynolds. Other notable film credits include Miracle at St. Anna (2008), another biopic Notorious (2009), Madea Goes to Jail (2009), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Baggage Claim (2013).
On the small screen, Luke is known for his main 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 like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011), The Americans (2013-18) and Empire (2015). He was also on the main cast of the crime thriller series Rogue (2015-17) starring as Marlon Dinard. More recently, he landed a spot on the main cast of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (2017-present).
Derek Luke has remained pretty consistent in his acting career following his breakthrough role in the biopic Antwone Fisher. The talented actor may not have gotten his hands on too many blockbuster film roles, however, he has recorded a significant number of acting credits both on the big screen and the small screen. The Hollywood star has an enviable net worth of $5 million.
Wife (Sophia Adella Luke) and Kids
Just like his acting career, Derek Luke has also had it very good on the home front. The Hollywood star is married to his wife of over 2 decades Sophia Adella Luke (née Hernandez). The two lovebirds got married back in 1998 and have remained inseparable ever since. Their rock solid marital union is definitely a milestone by Hollywood standards. The couple welcomed their first child in early 2007.
Height and Other Body Measurements
In addition to his amazing acting talents, Derek Luke also has his good looks going for him. Standing at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm), the movie star can be described as a bonafide Hollywood hunk. He also maintains a trim physique at a body weight of 82 kg (181 lb).