Derek Luke (actor)

For the soccer player, see Derek Luke (soccer).
Derek Luke

Luke at Orlando, Florida in 2013
Born (1974-04-24) April 24, 1974
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Sophia Adella Luke (1998–present)
Children 1

Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974)[1] is an American actor. He won the Independent Spirit Award for his big-screen debut performance in the 2002 film Antwone Fisher, directed and produced by Denzel Washington.[2] Since 1998, he has been married to actress Sophia Adella Luke.[3]

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.[4][5] Derek attended freshman year at Linden High School and graduated from Henry Snyder High School in 1993.


An audition with casting director Robi Reed-Humes for the role of Antwone Fisher went well enough that Luke was called in to meet Washington, one of Luke's childhood idols.[6]

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.[7]

Luke played a small part 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).

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.

Glory Road, which was released in the U.S. in January, 2006, forty years after the "fabulous five" forever altered the landscape of college basketball. Derek Luke was cast to play Bobby Joe in the movie.

Luke was cast to play Gabe Jones, a member of the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger, released in July 2011.

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" in the FX series The Americans. In 2015, he played Malcolm Devoe, head of security for Empire Entertainment on the TV series Empire and Cookie's secret love interest.



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 Movie Breakout Star – Male
2003 Biker Boyz Kid
2003 Pieces of April Bobby
2004 Friday Night Lights Boobie Miles
2004 Spartan Curtis
2006 Glory Road Bobby Joe Hill Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
2006 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
2008 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
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Joshua Hardaway Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Gabe Jones
2012 Sparkle Stix
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Alan Speck
2013 Baggage Claim William Wright
2014 Supremacy Raymond
2015 Self/less Anton


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The King of Queens Orderly Episode: "White Collar"
2000 The King of Queens Delivery Man Episode: "Dark Meet"
2001 Moesha Ruckus Episode: "Mayhem at the Jam"
2009–2010 Trauma Cameron Boone 20 episodes
2011 Hawthorne Dr. Miles Bourdet 8 episodes
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Paramedic Episode: "CSI Down"
2013 The Americans Gregory Thomas 3 episodes
2015 Empire Malcolm DeVeaux 3 episodes
2015–present Rogue Marlon Dinard Series regular
2016 Roots Silla Ba Dibba
2017 13 Reasons Why Mr. Porter


  1. "Today in History - April 24". Fox News. 2012-05-04.
  2. 1 2 Kam Williams (2009-01-25). "Derek Luke: The Notorious Interview". Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  3. "Sophia Adella Luke - IMDB". 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  4. "Tim Robbins and Derek Luke interview about Catch a Fire". 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-10.
  5. "Derek Luke Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2007-11-10.
  6. "It's just like in the movies: A novice hits the big time", Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2002
  7. Collis, Clark. "Fall Movie Summer Preview, September: Miracle at St. Anna". Entertainment Weekly, Iss. #1007/1008, August 22/29, 2008, pg. 42-45.

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