March 26, 1932|
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||March 29, 2012
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Cause of death
|Years active||1967 – 2006|
Francis Luke Askew (March 26, 1932 – March 29, 2012) was an American actor best known for his role in the 1969 film Easy Rider. He appeared in many westerns, and had a rare lead role in the spaghetti Western Night of the Serpent (La notte dei serpenti – 1969).
Askew was born in Macon, Georgia to Milton Dillard Askew (1904-1976) and Dorothy Doolittle (1910-1969). Askew attended the University of Georgia, Mercer University, and Walter F. Jay School of Law. Askew served in the United States Air Force during his college years in intelligence. He made his film debut in Otto Preminger's Hurry Sundown (1967), but was first noticed as an actor for his role in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. He was one of the first actors daring to wear long hair in this era, which he had to hide under a hat during the filming of this movie. The next year he worked with John Wayne in The Green Berets (with his hair cut short). The following year he worked with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in Easy Rider, a film that set him on the road to becoming a cult figure of modern cinema.
Askew continued to work as an actor after that, predominantly appearing in guest roles on television series. This includes work on such series as: Bonanza, High Chaparral, Mission: Impossible, Cannon, The Rockford Files, Quincy, M.E., The Six Million Dollar Man, T. J. Hooker, L.A. Law, MacGyver, Walker, Texas Ranger, Murder She Wrote, and HBO's Big Love. He appeared frequently with Bill Paxton.
He also took part in Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage (1999), a documentary about the making of Easy Rider DVD. Askew sang Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Reed songs at The Gaslight Cafe. According to Bob Dylan, when Luke sang at The Gaslight Cafe it was like a "guy who sounded like Bobby Blue Bland".
- Hurry Sundown (1967)
- The Happening (1967)
- Cool Hand Luke (1967)
- Will Penny (1968)
- The Green Berets (1968)
- The Devil's Brigade (1968)
- Easy Rider (1969)
- Angel Unchained (1970)
- The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972)
- The Culpepper Cattle Company (1972)
- The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
- Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)
- Slipstream (1973)
- Walking Tall Part 2 (1975)
- Posse (1975)
- Rolling Thunder (1977)
- Wanda Nevada (1979)
- The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)
- Bialy smok (1987)
- Frank & Jesse (1994)
- Traveller (1997)
- The Newton Boys (1998)
- "South of Heaven, West of Hell" (2000)
- Frailty (2001)
- Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003) (documentary)
- The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
- Lake Oswego actor Luke Askew, featured in HBO's 'Big Love', 'Easy Rider' and others, dead at 80 Oregon Live
- Obituary. Obits.oregonlive.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-12.
- Collector's movies - Spaghetti Westerns Trash Palace
- Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage IMDb
- Luke Askew. ShooFeeTV. Retrieved on 2012-08-12.
- Bailey, Jr., Everton (April 13, 2012). "Lake Oswego actor Luke Askew, featured in HBO's 'Big Love', 'Easy Rider' and others, dead at 80". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
- 'Big Love's' Luke Askew Dies, 80. Inside Blip. Retrieved on 2012-08-12.