Luke Macfarlane

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Luke Macfarlane
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Macfarlane after his performance in The Jazz Age
Born Thomas Luke Macfarlane
(1980-01-19) January 19, 1980 (age 34)
London, Ontario, Canada
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

Thomas Luke Macfarlane (born January 19, 1980), better known as Luke Macfarlane, is a Canadian actor and musician.

Early life and education[edit]

Macfarlane was born in London, Ontario. His late father, Thomas, was the Director of Student Health Services at the University of Western Ontario, and his mother, Penny, is a mental health nurse at a London hospital. Macfarlane attended London Central Secondary School with twin sister Ruth and older sister Rebecca.

Career[edit]

Macfarlane went to school in Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts, then later studied drama at Juilliard in New York City, where he starred in the productions of Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, The School of Night, Blue Window, The Grapes of Wrath, and As You Like It before graduating from the drama division in 2003.

Macfarlane was one of the four leads in Juvenilia at the Playwrights Horizons Theater from November 14–December 21, 2003. He played the lead role in the American premiere of the play Where Do We Live, staged at the Vineyard Theatre in May 2004. The production was cited by the 2005 GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway and Off-Broadway. He also appeared with Jill Clayburgh and Hamish Linklater in the off-Broadway production of The Busy World is Hushed, again at Playwrights Horizons, in Summer 2006.[1] He reprised his role of Thomas for the L.A. Premiere at the Skirball Cultural Center from February 7–11 of 2007.

On television, Macfarlane is perhaps best known for his role as Scotty Wandell on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, husband to Kevin Walker (played by Matthew Rhys), one of the "brothers" of the show.

Macfarlane's previous roles include PV2 Frank "Dim" Dumphy on the 2005 FX series Over There. He played opposite Cynthia Nixon in Robert Altman's miniseries Tanner on Tanner on the Sundance Channel.

Macfarlane was the last cast member to be added to the Fox pilot Supreme Courtships, playing the role of conservative Allen Moore, described as a trust-fund baby trying to prove he is more than just a legacy in the court. The pilot was not picked up by Fox for the 2007–08 season. In his latest travail for TV, Macfarlane was cast as the leading role in the upcoming two-part miniseries titled Iron Road, which was filmed in China for five weeks and British Columbia for two weeks, from late April to mid June 2007. It played in a few theatres in Canada, and then as a two-part miniseries on the CBC.

Macfarlane was part of the one-night celebrity performed staging of Howard Ashman's unproduced musical Dreamstuff. The musical was re-imagined by Howard's partners Marsha Malamet and Dennis Green and performed one night only at Los Angeles' Hayworth Theatre as part of the Bruno Kirby celebrity reading series, directed by Ugly Betty's Michael Urie. Luke starred in the show alongside Eden Espinosa, Vicki Lewis, Fred Willard and David Blue.

He currently plays the lead role of Jason Howell in the Canadian sitcom Satisfaction.[2]

Music career[edit]

Macfarlane was the lead singer and a songwriter for the band Fellow Nameless, which began in his 8th grade along with some of his classmates at Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts under the name of Slipnaught, a name they randomly chose from a dictionary because they did not have a name for the band when it came time to perform on stage. Fellow Nameless came from Slipnaught mainly because the band members hated the original name, and so, Fellow Nameless was born at London Central Secondary School. Fellow Nameless has produced one underground album, which was a half-studio, half-live CD album, and they recorded an additional ten songs that never got put out including three songs that were recorded for a development deal with Maverick Records. They played a showcase for Danny Strick A&R of Maverick Records and in the end got passed over. The once thought of as defunct London, Ontario, based band, Fellow Nameless, later had two incarnations without Macfarlane as lead singer. The first incarnation came in the second quarter of 2004 with the creation of Van A Primer and a new singer, Matthew Pearn. Their current incarnation, as of March, 2006, has three of the remaining band members under the new band name of Cancel Winter.

Personal life[edit]

Macfarlane came out as gay during an interview with The Globe and Mail on April 15, 2008.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Kinsey Bruce Kinsey
2004 Tanner on Tanner Stuart DeBarge Miniseries
2005 Over There PV2 Frank "Dim" Dumphy Main cast
2006 Recalled Lieutenant Sefton Short film
2006 Trapped Ashes Vincent Segment "My Twin, The Worm"
2006–2011 Brothers & Sisters Scott "Scotty" Wandell Recurring (seasons 1–2); main cast (seasons 3–5); 81 episodes
2007 Supreme Courtships Allen Moore Unsold Fox pilot
2009 Iron Road James Nichol Miniseries
2012 Beauty & the Beast Phillippe Bertrand Episode: "Proceed with Caution"
2013 Person of Interest Agent Alan Fahey Episode: "Proteus"
2013 Smash Patrick Dillon 2 episodes
2013 Erection Dean Short film
2013 Satisfaction Jason Howell Main cast
2014 The Memory Book Gabe Hallmark Original Channel Movie
2014 The Night Shift Rick Lincoln Aired 27 May 2014

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2003 Juvenilia Brondie Chase
2004 Where Do We Live? Stephen
2006–2007 Busy World Is Hushed, TheThe Busy World Is Hushed Thomas
2009 Jazz Age, TheThe Jazz Age F. Scott Fitzgerald
2011 Normal Heart, TheThe Normal Heart Craig Donner/Grady
2011 Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir Sam Bendrix
2012 Normal Heart, TheThe Normal Heart Felix Turner
2012 Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir Sam Bendrix

References[edit]

  1. ^ Isherwood, Charles (June 26, 2006). "Questions of Family and Faith in 'The Busy World Is Hushed'". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ http://www.ctv.ca/Satisfaction/Cast/Luke-Macfarlane.aspx
  3. ^ Chelin, Pamela (April 15, 2008). "A commitment to himself". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 

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