Lucas Black

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Lucas Black
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Lucas Black at the premiere of Get Low at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Lucas York Black
(1982-11-29) November 29, 1982 (age 32)
Decatur, Alabama, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
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, Seven Days in Utopia. Since September 2014, he has played Special Agent Christopher Lasalle in the CBS series NCIS: New Orleans.

Personal life[edit]

Black was born in Decatur, Alabama,[1] the son of Jan Gillespie, an office worker, and Larry Black, a museum worker.[2] He has two older siblings and was raised a Southern Baptist.[3] He grew up in Speake, Alabama,[1] and played for the Speake Bobcats, graduating from high school in May 2001.

Black is a fan of golf and plays when not filming.[4] He married Maggie O'Brien, a lawyer who negotiates his contracts,[4] in 2010.[5] They have a daughter and a son.


Without any formal training as an actor, Lucas made his film debut in the 1994 Kevin Costner film The War. He subsequently was 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. When he was told that he would need to tone down his thick Alabama accent for the part, however, he rejected the role.[citation needed] During this time period Black also modeled for Calvin Klein jeans.[citation needed]

Black had supporting role in Cold Mountain in 2003, then had a larger role in 2004's football–themed drama Friday Night Lights and 2005's Gulf War–themed film Jarhead. Black also starred in the third film in The Fast and the Furious series, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Black described his part in the film as a "fun role".[2] 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 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".[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 The War Ebb
1996 Sling Blade Frank Wheatley Won – Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
Ghosts of Mississippi Burt DeLaughter
1997 Flash Connor Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series – Leading Young Actor
1998 The X-Files Stevie
1999 Our Friend, Martin Randy voice only
Crazy in Alabama Peter Joseph "Peejoe" Bullis Nominated – Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor and Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama
2000 The Miracle Worker James Keller TV version
All the Pretty Horses Jimmy Blevins Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film Award
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor
2003 Cold Mountain Oakley
2004 Friday Night Lights Mike Winchell
2005 Deepwater Nat Banyon
Jarhead LCpl. Chris Kruger
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Sean Boswell Nominated – Teen Choice Award – Choice Breakout (Male)
Killer Diller Vernon limited release
2009 Get Low Buddy Robinson
2010 Legion Jeep Hanson
2011 Seven Days in Utopia Luke Chisholm
2012 Promised Land Paul Geary
2013 42 Pee Wee Reese
2015 Furious 7 Sean Boswell


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 American Gothic Caleb Temple Nominated – YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama TV Series
2014 NCIS Special Agent Christopher Lasalle[7]
2014–present NCIS: New Orleans[8] Special Agent Christopher Lasalle Series Regular


  1. ^ a b "Talking turkey". The Decatur Daily. 2003-05-11. Retrieved June 18, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "Behind the wheel". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2006-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Lucas Black on Golf, God, and 'Utopia'". Christianity Today. September 1, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Some Celebrities Play for Real, Not Laughs". The New York Times. February 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Actor Lucas Black’s mother proud of son’s accomplishments". The Cullman Times. April 25, 2011. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ Carlton, Bob (April 14, 2013). "Alabama's Lucas Black gets back in uniform to play Pee Wee Reese in the Jackie Robinson movie '42'". Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2014). "Lucas Black Joins CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff". Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "CBS Orders 'NCIS' and 'CSI' Spin-Offs and More for 2014-2015 Season". Retrieved 17 December 2014. 

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