Derek Luke
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Luke at Orlando, Florida in 2013
Derek Nathanial Luke

(1974-04-24) April 24, 1974 (age 49)
Years active1999–present
Sophia Adella Luke
(m. 1998)

Derek Nathanial Luke (born April 24, 1974)[1] 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.[2] 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).

Early life

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.[3][4] He attended Henry Snyder High School and graduated from Linden High School.[5]


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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.[6]

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,[2] 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.[7]

Personal life

Since 1998, Luke has been married to actress Sophia Adella Luke.[8][better source needed] They have a son together.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
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
Biker Boyz Kid
2004 Spartan Curtis
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
Sparkle Stix
2013 Baggage Claim William Wright
2014 Alex of Venice Frank
Supremacy Raymond
Sight Unseen
2015 Self/less Anton
2021 American Refugee Greg Taylor
2022 Alone Together John
Darby and the Dead Ben
2023 Rare Objects Winshaw [9]
TBA Untitled Katie Holmes film


Year Title Role Notes
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"[10]
2019 The Purge Marcus Moore Main; 10 episodes
TBA The Crossover Chuck Bell Main role


  1. ^ "Today in History - April 24". Fox News. 2012-05-04.
  2. ^ a b Kam Williams (2009-01-25). "Derek Luke: The Notorious Interview". Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  3. ^ "Tim Robbins and Derek Luke interview about Catch a Fire". 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-10.
  4. ^ "Derek Luke Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2007-11-10.
  5. ^ Staff. "Actor Derek Luke comes home to talk with Snyder High students", The Jersey Journal, December 22, 2008. Accessed July 23, 2019. "Jersey City born-and-raised actor Derek Luke is at Snyder High School, where he attended, this morning to talk to students, a school official said this morning. The star of Biker Boyz, Antoine Fisher and Glory Road, is expected to talk about his life experiences and rough times growing up in Jersey City. Luke attended Snyder, but graduated from Linden High."
  6. ^ Collis, Clark. "Fall Movie Summer Preview, September: Miracle at St. Anna". Entertainment Weekly, Iss. #1007/1008, August 22/29, 2008, pg. 42-45.
  7. ^ Otterson, Joe (2018-03-02). "13 Reasons Why Star Derek Luke Set for Lead Role in NBC Drama Pilot Suspicion". Variety. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  8. ^ "Sophia Adella Luke - IMDb". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  9. ^ Lang, Brent. "Derek Luke to Reunite With Katie Holmes in 'Rare Objects' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  10. ^ "God Friended Me Casts Derek Luke as Mysterious Hacker Henry Chase". TVLine. March 29, 2019.