Lucas Black at the premiere of Get Low at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Lucas York Black
November 29, 1982
Decatur, Alabama, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Maggie O'Brien (m. 2010)|
Lucas York Black (born November 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles in the CBS television series American Gothic as well as roles in films such as Sling Blade, Jarhead, Friday Night Lights, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Legion, Get Low, All the Pretty Horses, and Seven Days in Utopia.
Black was born in Decatur, Alabama, the son of Jan, an office worker, and Larry Black, a museum worker. He has two older siblings, brother Lee and sister Lori. Black was raised a Southern Baptist. He grew up in Speake, Alabama and played for the Speake Bobcats, graduating from high school in May 2001.
Without any formal training as an actor, Lucas's film debut was in the 1994 Kevin Costner film, The War. He was subsequently cast as Caleb Temple in CBS's television series American Gothic, which ran from 1995 to 1996, and in the films Sling Blade, Ghosts of Mississippi and The X-Files. Later in 1997 Black starred in the TV film Flash, which aired on The Wonderful World of Disney. In 1998, Black was offered a part in The Horse Whisperer. However, when he was told that he would need to tone down his thick Alabama accent for the part, he rejected the role. During this time period, Black also modeled for Calvin Klein Jeans.
Black appeared in a supporting role in Cold Mountain in 2003 and then a featured role in 2004's well-reviewed American football-themed drama, Friday Night Lights and 2005's Gulf War-themed film, Jarhead. Black also starred in the lead role of the third film in The Fast and the Furious series, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, opposite rapper Bow Wow and beside his brother Lee, who was the young sheriff's deputy. The movie opened on June 16, 2006 and grossed approximately $24 million in its opening weekend; Black has described his part in the film as a "fun role". He also appeared in the 2009 film Get Low and the 2010 film Legion.
His most recent role was playing Brooklyn Dodgers' shortstop Pee Wee Reese in the 2013 American baseball drama 42. Black, having done previous sports films and played sports early in his life, found the filming experience to be "a lot more enjoyable because you get to reminisce about the days when I used to play, and then you get the experience of being on a team again with the actors and have that camaraderie with the players".
- "Talking turkey". The Decatur Daily. 2003-05-11. Retrieved June 18, 2006.
- "Behind the wheel". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2006-06-18.
- "Lucas Black on Golf, God, and 'Utopia'". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
- DVD Commentary from director
- "Box Office Mojo". WEEKEND BOX OFFICE. Retrieved June 18, 2006.
- Carlton, Bob (April 14, 2013). "Alabama's Lucas Black gets back in uniform to play Pee Wee Reese in the Jackie Robinson movie '42'". www.AL.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
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