Derek Nathanial Luke
April 24, 1974
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Sophia Adella Luke
Derek Nathanial Luke (born April 24, 1974) is an American actor. He won the Independent Spirit Award for his big-screen debut performance as the titular character in the 2002 film Antwone Fisher, directed and produced by Denzel Washington. Luke is also known for his roles as Boobie Miles in Friday Night Lights (2004), Bobby Joe Hill in Glory Road (2006), Joshua Hardaway in Madea Goes to Jail (2009), Gabe Jones in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), William Wright in Baggage Claim (2013), and as Kevin Porter on the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why (2017–2020).
Luke was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Marjorie Dixon, a pianist, and Maurice Luke, a former actor. His father is from Georgetown, Guyana. He attended Henry Snyder High School and graduated from Linden High School.
Luke played one of the four male leads in Spike Lee's 2008 war film Miracle at St. Anna, replacing Wesley Snipes, who had to leave the film due to his highly publicized tax problems.
Luke played a small role as a nurse in the 1999 episode "White Collar" of the sitcom The King of Queens, and appeared on the NBC show Trauma. He played one of the group members of Mayhem in the Moesha episode "Mayhem at the Jam Esp" (March 19, 2001).
Luke played alongside American actor Laurence Fishburne as Kid in the 2003 film Biker Boyz. He plays Alicia Keys' love interest in her music video for "Teenage Love Affair". He played singer Monica's love interest in her music video for "So Gone". Luke played Sean 'Puffy' Combs in the 2009 film Notorious, and James 'Boobie' Miles in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights.
Luke was cast to play Bobby Joe in the 2006 film Glory Road.
Luke played Gabe Jones, a member of the Howling Commandos, in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger. In June 2011, Luke also began starring in the TNT original medical drama series Hawthorne as Miles Bourdet, an assistant surgeon from Chicago.
From February to April 2013, Luke played the character of Gregory Thomas in the FX series The Americans. In 2015, he played Malcolm Devoe, head of security for Empire Entertainment and Cookie's secret love interest, on the TV series Empire. In March 2018, he was cast in the lead role of the NBC pilot Suspicion.
Since 1998, Luke has been married to actress Sophia Adella Luke.[better source needed] They have a son together.
|2002||Antwone Fisher||Antwone "Fish" Fisher||BET Award for Best Actor|
Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
National Board of Review Award for Best Male Breakthrough Performance
Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Male Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Actor
|2003||Pieces of April||Bobby|
|Friday Night Lights||Boobie Miles|
|2006||Glory Road||Bobby Joe Hill||Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Breakthrough Actor|
|Catch a Fire||Patrick Chamusso||Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor|
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
|2007||Lions for Lambs||Arian Finch|
|2008||Definitely, Maybe||Russell T. McCormack|
|Miracle at St. Anna||2nd Staff Sgt. Aubrey Stamps||Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actor|
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
|2009||Notorious||Sean "Puffy" Combs|
|Madea Goes to Jail||Joshua Hardaway||Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Gabe Jones|
|2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Alan Speck|
|2013||Baggage Claim||William Wright|
|2014||Alex of Venice||Frank|
|2021||American Refugee||Greg Taylor|
|Darby and the Dead||Ben|
|TBA||Untitled Katie Holmes film|
|1999–2000||The King of Queens||Delivery Man / Orderly||2 episodes|
|2001||Moesha||Ruckus||Episode: "Mayhem at the Jam"|
|2009–2010||Trauma||Cameron Boone||20 episodes|
|2011||Hawthorne||Dr. Miles Bourdet||8 episodes|
|2013, 2018||The Americans||Gregory Thomas||4 episodes|
|2015||Empire||Malcolm DeVeaux||3 episodes|
|2015–2017||Rogue||Marlon Dinard||Series regular, 20 episodes|
|2016||Roots||Silla Ba Dibba||2 episodes|
|2017–2019||13 Reasons Why||Mr. Kevin Porter||Main cast (Seasons 1–2); Guest (Season 3); 27 episodes|
|2019||God Friended Me||Henry Chase||Episode; "Que Sera Sera"|
|2019||The Purge||Marcus Moore||Main; 10 episodes|
|TBA||The Crossover||Chuck Bell||Main role|