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DEREK LUKE (Joshua Hardaway) was introduced to audiences worldwide with his courageous and heart-wrenching portrayal of an abandoned and abused young man trying to find his path in life. In this 2002, highly revered drama ANTWONE FISHER, Luke starred as the title character in Denzel Washington's first directorial effort. Luke earned several awards and accolades for his performance, including a Black Reel Award for "Best Actor,” and an Independent Spirit Award for "Best Male Lead.” He also earned a BET Award in 2003 for "Favorite Actor.”

Following the success of ANTWONE FISHER, in 2003, Luke co-starred in a number of diverse roles. Luke starred alongside Laurence Fishburne in BIKER BOYZ, where Luke portrayed a motorcycle drag-racing prodigy who threatens to de-thrown the undefeated "King of Cali” (Fishburne) for title of best racer. Shortly thereafter, in the critically acclaimed, independent film PIECES OF APRIL, Luke starred as Katie Holmes' loyal boyfriend "Bobby,” whose efforts to find a suit so he can make a good impression on his girlfriend's relatives was one of three Thanksgiving day journeys told in the movie. Directed by Peter Hedges (ABOUT A BOY), PIECES OF APRIL was distributed by United Artists.

In 2004, Luke was tapped by director David Mamet for a starring role in the political thriller SPARTAN, alongside Val Kilmer and William H. Macy. In the Warner Brothers film, Luke portrayed a Marine Corps trainee who is recruited to recover the kidnapped daughter of the President of the United States. 

In October 2004, Luke starred as James "Boobie” Miles in FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, a film directed by Peter Berg and produced by Brian Grazer. Set in a small, Texas town where high-school football is the best chance for a college scholarship, the film chronicles a team, coached by Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thorton), whose chances of a championship are jeopardized when star player "Boobie” Miles is seriously injured. The popularity of the movie spawned the NBC television series of the same name.

Luke's next project, GLORY ROAD, opened in the number one slot in the box office on opening weekend. The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Disney, Luke starred as a basketball player in this true story dealing with the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, in which Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) head coach Don Haskins guided a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history. 

In late 2006, Luke co-starred with Tim Robbins in CATCH A FIRE for director Phillip Noyce. The true story revolves around South African, Patrick Chamusso, a young, apolitical man (Luke) who is accused of carrying out an attack against the government, and a police officer, Nic Vos (Robbins). Vos is in charge of locating the perpetrators of a recent bomb attack - Patrick is unwillingly swept into this investigation. Luke's performance garnered attention from top critics, including Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times who cited in his review of the film: "The young American actor (Derek Luke) gives such an intense, passionate performance as South African Patrick Chamusso that he just about dares you not to be involved in the story he is telling.” 

In 2007 year, Luke appeared alongside Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise in LIONS FOR LAMBS, directed by Redford. In the role of student "Arian Finch,” Luke's character enlists in the U.S. Army upon being urged by their idealistic professor to do something important with his life. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, the movie is about a platoon of United States soldiers in Afghanistan, a U.S. senator, a reporter, and a California college professor, and how their life choices profoundly affect each other.

Last year, following his supporting role in the romantic comedy DEFINITELY, MAYBE, Luke led an ensemble cast in Spike Lee's upcoming WWII epic MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA as one of four African American soldiers who are caught behind enemy lines. MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA debuted as a Gala screening in the prestigious Toronto Film Festival and was released by Disney on September 26th. Luke was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award for "Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” for his work in the film.

In early January 2009, Luke starred as Sean "Diddy” Combs (aka "Diddy) in the Fox Searchlight bio-pic NOTORIOUS about the slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. The film, directed by George Tillman Jr, was executive produced by Sean Combs and tells the life story of this popular Brooklyn rapper who was gunned down in Los Angeles on March 25th, 1997. Angela Bassett stars as "Voletta Wallace,” mother of Notorious B.I.G. 

Born and raised in Linden, New Jersey, Luke currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Sophia.

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