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Derek Luke
Born April 24, 1974 (1974-04-24) (age 35)
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Sophia Hernandez (1998-present)

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


Early life

Luke was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of pianist Marjorie Dixon and Guyanese native Maurice Luke, a former actor.[2][3] He has two brothers, Daniel and Maurice. He is a graduate of Snyder High School in Jersey City.

Luke married singer-actress Sophia Adella Hernandez in 1998.


Luke was discovered while working at the Studio Emporium gift shop on the Sony studio lot and given the Fisher role, a story which is still repeated on the Sony studio tour.

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.[4]

Luke played a small part as a nurse in the 1999 episode "White Collar" in the sitcom "The King of Queens".

He plays Alicia Keys' love interest in her video "Teenage Love Affair".

Luke played Sean 'Diddy' Combs in the 2009 film Notorious.[1]

Luke played "James Boobie Miles" in the 2004 film, "Friday Night Lights"

Derek Luke also played singer Monica's love interest in the her music video for So Gone.

Luke played one of the group member of Mayhem on the Moesha Show on Mayhem at the Jam Esp (March 19, 2001).

He currently appears on the NBC show Trauma.



  1. ^ a b Kam Williams (2009-01-25). "Derek Luke: The Notorious Interview". Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Tim Robbins and Derek Luke interview about Catch a Fire". 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Derek Luke Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  4. ^ 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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