Lucas Black

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Lucas Black
Lucas Black Get Low TIFF09 cropped.jpg
Black at the 2009 Toronto 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 (1995) as well as roles in films such as Sling Blade (1996), Friday Night Lights (2004), Jarhead (2005), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Get Low (2009), Legion (2010), Seven Days in Utopia (2011). Since September 2014, he has played Special Agent Christopher Lasalle on CBS' NCIS: New Orleans.

Early life[edit]

Black was born in Decatur, Alabama,[1] the son of Jan Gillespie, an office worker, and Larry Black, a museum employee.[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.[4]


Black made his film debut in the 1994 Kevin Costner film The War.[5] 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.[6] Later in 1997 Black starred in the TV film Flash, which aired on The Wonderful World of Disney.[7]

Black had supporting role in Cold Mountain in 2003, then had a larger role in 2004's football–themed drama Friday Night Lights, he also starred in indie thriller film Deepwater and 2005's Gulf War–themed film Jarhead.[8][9][10] Black starred in the third film in The Fast and the Furious series, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.[11] He described his part in the film as a "fun role".[2] He appeared in the 2009 film, Get Low and the 2010 film Legion.[12][13]

Black Starred in the indie golfing film Seven Days in Utopia, where he played the role of a talented young golfer set on making pro tour.[14] 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".[15]

In 2014, Lucas was cast in the NCIS: New Orleans as a NCIS Special Agent Lasalle.[16] In 2015, he reprised his Tokyo Drift role in a cameo appearance in the seventh film of The Fast and the Furious series, Furious 7.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Black married Maggie O'Brien, a lawyer, in 2010.[18][19] They have a daughter and a son.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 The War Ebb Lipnicki
1996 Sling Blade Frank Wheatley
Ghosts of Mississippi Burt DeLaughter
1997 Flash Connor
1998 The X-Files Stevie
1999 Our Friend, Martin Randy Voice role
Crazy in Alabama Peter Joseph "Peejoe" Bullis
2000 All the Pretty Horses Jimmy Blevins
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
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 Cameo


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 American Gothic Caleb Temple 22 episodes
2000 The Miracle Worker James Keller Movie
2014 NCIS Special Agent Christopher Lasalle[20] Episode: "Crescent City" Parts 1 & 2
2014–present NCIS: New Orleans[21] Main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
1996 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast Sling Blade Nominated
1997 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Performance by a Younger Actor[citation needed] Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Won
YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama Film Won
Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama TV Series American Gothic Nominated
1998 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series – Leading Young Actor Flash Nominated
2000 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Crazy in Alabama Nominated
YoungStar Awards Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama Nominated
2001 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor All the Pretty Horses Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Star: Male The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Talking turkey". The Decatur Daily. May 11, 2003. Retrieved June 18, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "Behind the wheel". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved June 18, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Lucas Black on Golf, God, and 'Utopia'". Christianity Today. September 1, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lucas Black | Biography and Filmography | 1982". Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The War | Full Cast and Credits | 1994". Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lucas Black Filmography and Movies - Fandango". Fandango. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Flash | TV Series | 1997". Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund and Lee Thompson Young Interview". Entertainment. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Movie Review: Deepwater Starring Lucas Black and Peter Coyote - Rusty Bee". Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  10. ^ Jarhead, retrieved October 29, 2015 
  11. ^ "Lucas Black gets 'Furious'". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Bill Murray, Lucas Black 'Get Low'". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Legion". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Pair bound for 'Utopia'". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ "'Fast & Furious' Actor Joins 'NCIS' New Orleans Spinoff". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Lucas Black Signs On For Fast & Furious 7, 8 And 9". September 16, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Some Celebrities Play for Real, Not Laughs". The New York Times. February 8, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Actor Lucas Black’s mother proud of son's accomplishments". The Cullman Times. April 25, 2011. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. 
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2014). "Lucas Black Joins CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff". Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ "CBS Orders 'NCIS' and 'CSI' Spin-Offs and More for 2014-2015 Season". Retrieved December 17, 2014. 

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