Luke Grimes

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Luke Grimes
Born Luke Timothy Grimes
(1984-01-21) January 21, 1984 (age 30)
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actor

Luke Timothy Grimes (born January 21, 1984) is an American actor.

Life and career[edit]

Grimes was born to a devoutly religious family in Dayton, Ohio, the youngest of four children of Angie (Barker) and the Rev. Randy Grimes.[1] His father is a Pentecostal pastor, at Open Bible Christian Church.[2][3][4] Luke graduated from Dayton Christian High School in 2002. He moved to New York City to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first film audition was to play Elvis Presley in the 2005 CBS miniseries, but which went to Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

Grimes has appeared in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, War Eagle, Arkansas, and Assassination of a High School President, which received a limited release in March 2009. He also appeared in the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, as Ryan Lafferty, the illegitimate son of William Walker, patriarch of the show's family. Beginning with Season 4, he became a series regular.[5] He beat out Scott Porter and Jason Ritter, among others, for the role.[6]

He starred in the 2010 FX movie pilot, "Outlaw Country", with Haley Bennett and Mary Steenburgen. Grimes played a cowboy named Eli Larkin.[7] The series was not picked up by FX, but the pilot aired on August 23, 2012 as a television movie. In 2012, he appeared in the Liam Neeson thriller Taken 2 as Neeson's daughter's boyfriend.[8]

In 2013, Grimes appeared in a recurring role as James in the sixth season of True Blood.[9] He was later upgraded to series regular for the seventh and final season of the show.[10] However, Grimes left True Blood before it resumed production allegedly due to differences in the direction of his character; another actor, Nelsan Ellis, claimed that Grimes did not want to play a gay character. Grimes's representative said his departure was due to a scheduling conflict with the filming of forthcoming movies “American Sniper” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” and had nothing to do with storylines. [11] His role was ultimately recast with Nathan Parsons.[12] On October 25, 2013, Grimes was cast as Christian Grey's adopted brother Elliot in the movie Fifty Shades of Grey.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Jake
2007 War Eagle, Arkansas Enoch
2008 Assassination of a High School President Marlon Piazza
2010 Shit Year Harvey West
2011 The Wait Ben
The Light in the Night Boy short film
2012 Outlaw Country Eli Larken TV movie
Taken 2 Jamie
2013 Stars Evan
Squatters Michael
2014 American Sniper Marc Lee Post-production
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Elliott Grey Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009-2010 Brothers & Sisters Ryan Lafferty 35 episodes
2013 True Blood James 6 episodes


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  2. ^ Ortved, John. "Luke Grimes Rocks L.A.". VMAN. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Martin, Michael. "Luke Grimes - Page". Interview. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Robinson, Amelia (August 21, 2013). "Dayton pastor proud of his ‘blood sucking’ son". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved October 26, 2013.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ Mitovich, Matt (October 20, 2008). "Ryan Game Over: Brothers & Sisters Casts New Offspring". TV Guide. Retrieved January 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Dish of Salt: Luke Grimes Talks Brothers & Sisters," Access Hollywood Online
  7. ^ Abrams, Natalie (July 6, 2010). "Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett Head for Outlaw Country". TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ Armitage, Hugh (November 9, 2011). "Luke Grimes cast in Liam Neeson's 'Taken 2'". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (March 27, 2013). "True Blood Exclusive: Brothers & Sisters Grad to Play the 'Jim Morrison of Vampires'". TVLine. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 25, 2013). "'True Blood' Promotes Adina Porter to Series Regular". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ McKay, Hollie. "'True Blood' actor Nelsan Ellis: Former star quit because he didn't 'want to play a gay part'". FOX. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 30, 2013). "True Blood Exclusive: Luke Grimes Exits Prior to Seventh and Final Season, Role Will Be Recast". TVLine. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 25, 2013). "Another Grey Casting In ‘Fifty Shades’". PMC. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 

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