Lucky Vanous

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Lucky Joseph Vanous
Personal details
Born (1961-04-11) April 11, 1961 (age 57)
Lincoln, Nebraska

Lucky Joseph Vanous (born 11 April 1961) is an American model and actor. He became nationally known in 1994 after appearing in a series of commercials for Diet Coke.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Vanous was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and served in the United States Army 1st Ranger Battalion. Upon discharge, he studied at University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He was discovered while visiting New York City, and he moved there to model and continue his studies at New York University and Fordham University.[3] He married Kristen Noel in 1989, and they were divorced in 1996.

Notable acting roles include playing Matt Dunning for a season on Pacific Palisades and playing Chance Bowman on 18 Wheels of Justice.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Wings Young Man
1995 All My Children Mr. Marvelous
1997 Pacific Palisades Matt Dunning
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Ripper
1999 Will & Grace EMS Paramedic
2000 Hanging Up Montana Dude
2000 Jack of Hearts Lee Dillon
2000-2001 18 Wheels of Justice Chance Bowman
2003 Two and a Half Men Kevin


  1. ^ Karen S. Peterson (October 27, 1994). Women refine a taste for beefcake. USA Today
  2. ^ Paula Span (February 26, 1994). Advertising's Lust Horizon; Forget the Swedish Bikini Team. Men Are the Sex Objects in the Latest From Madison Avenue. The Washington Post
  3. ^ Kaplan, Megan (July 2, 2002). "Whatever happened to Diet Coke hunk Lucky Vanous?". People. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
    • Article image at the Internet Archive

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