Derek Luke is an American A List Actor in Hollywood.Denzel Washing discovered Derek Luke and cast him as his lead, for his Directorial Debut in the Critically Acclaimed, Antwone Fisher Movie. Due to his outstanding performance this was Derek’s first, of 3 times to date, up for Oscar Consideration.
With an undeniable track record of over 18 films, that have not only made an impact in the industry, but his generation. Working with top Directors in the industry casting him as their leading man to champion their films. From Peter Bergs Friday Night Lights, Derek portrays the character star football player, Boobie Miles. In Phillip Noyce’s project, Catch A Fire, leaves the audiences in ahw at his real life portrayal of Patrick Chamusso. Spike Lee cast him to lead the revolutionary story of the Buffalo Soldiers, in Miracle At St Anna. Derek effortlessly flows from Drama to action. In Biker Boyz he leads a crew of riders to street racing, portraying commando Gabe Jones Commando in the franchise Captain America , in Robert Redfords Film he goes from quiet college student to the Army to fight for his country. Derek’s list goes on and on. Working with A-List actors from Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Katy Holmes, Meryl Streep, Ryan Reynolds, Billy Bob Thornton Laurence Fishburne, Chris Evans to the late, beloved, Whitney Houston. His recent portrayal as Mr Porter, in the critically acclaimed NETFLIX hit, 13 Reasons Why, Luke continues to lead the industry in groundbreaking views.
For Derek this is only the beginning. With his passion for acting and the arts, he has branched out and started his own production company to produce films that will shift and impact the world through story telling. Dereks motive for his production company is mulit-purposed. While creating content that will feed the audiences intellect, emotions and dreams, he will also be providing employment for the declining economic system.
Not only is he an undeniable talent, he has committed his life to empowering others. When he’s off set, he spends much of his time traveling around the world going to schools, jails, group homes, churches, juvenile homes and social events to speak about purpose, dreams, life and how to overcome adversities that he too overcame.
He is known for his professionalism in the industry. “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches” He stands true to this proverb.
Derek currently resides in sunny California with his wife of 19 years, actress Sophia Adella Luke.