Behind his very bright smile is a tough story many may never believe. Looking at his good looks, as well as his successful career it would be hard to decipher the challenges he transcended to get to where he is. Derek Luke had to work so hard to get to where he currently is. As an American actor, Luke has won a lot of awards and has his creativity to thank for it. Since he got his big break with the movie Antwone Fisher, Derek Luke has remained relevant in the world of entertainment. Here are facts you need to know about the talented actor.
Derek Luke’s Biography, Age
He was on April 24, 1974, to his parents in Jersey City, New Jersey. Luke who is of Afro-American ethnicity, was not opportune to grow up with the love of both parents as they divorced when he was little. His father who had also worked as an actor and his mother who was a musician got separated, and Luke stayed with his mother alongside his siblings. Growing up was really tough and rugged for the small family who had to move from place to place for his musician mother to work to make ends meet. He also had to grow up fast and strong too to be able to withstand the hurdles of his challenging life.
Thanks to his mother’s job, Derek attended six different schools. With his acting dreams still intact, he attended a performing arts school, Henry Snyder High School, in Jersey City after which he proceeded to Jersey State College to study acting as a course in 1992.
Los Angeles was his next stop after college in 1995, and Luke moved with hopes of making it in the big city. Life in Los Angeles wasn’t all a bed of roses as expected. Luke extensively auditioned and scouted for available roles while he worked different odd jobs like ushering, to sustain himself. After taking up very minor roles, he finally landed a major one, the 2002 film Antwone Fisher. He was the main character in the movie which was a true life story written by the real Antwone Fisher. Luke who was working at a gift shop at the time was called by the director of the movie, Denzel Washington after four auditions.
The movie was indeed a hit and earned Derek Luke tons of awards including the Independent Spirit Awards, BET Awards, and many others. Antwone Fisher paved way for Luke as he became a hot cake in the movie industry. In 2004 he played a role in the movie, Friday Night Lights as a high school footballer. Other notable movies he featured in were Glory Road (2006), Notorious (2009), Madea Goes to Jail (2009). In 2011, he starred in superhero movie Captain America: The First Avenger, as Gabe Jones. He also made appearances in TV series like; Hawthorne (2011), The Americans (2013), Empire (2015) and many others. In 2013, he starred in tragic TV series 13 Reasons Why which was an adaptation of the Jay Asher novel written in 2007.
Net Worth and Achievements
Derek Luke has garnered so much financially and otherwise in a short space of time. The talented actor has his net worth estimated at an enviable rate of $5 million and this is predicted to be a trifling figure in a few years. Luke has numerous awards and nominations to his name, thanks to his consistency and perseverance.
For his role in Antwone Fisher, he won the ‘Black Reel Award for Best Actor’, ‘National Board of Review Award for Best Male Breakthrough Performance, ‘Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and many others as well as nominations. He also won the ‘Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Breakthrough Actor, for his outstanding role in Glory Road.
Family – Wife, Kids
Family always comes first for the actor who is happily married to Sophia Adella (née Hernandez), also an actress and a singer. Love is indeed a beautiful thing when it involves two understanding people. The interracial couple tied the knot in 1998 and have been together since then. Derek and Sophia welcomed a child in 2007. He does not have any more kids from any previous relationship.
They have been considered as the ideal Hollywood couple, seeing as they did not let their career get in the way of their relationship. Derek has in some of his acceptance speeches acknowledged his wife for her unwavering love and support.
The fact that his wife os of a different race has placed the couple in the spotlight for quite some time. Derek has a couple of times come under criticisms by his agitated fans who are unhappy that he married outside his race. But the famous actor always shoves off the criticisms by constantly defending his darling wife.