Luke Grimes

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Grimes in 2017
Luke Timothy Grimes

(1984-01-21) January 21, 1984 (age 35)
Years active2006–present

Luke Timothy Grimes (born January 21, 1984) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the acclaimed film American Sniper and the Fifty Shades film series.

Life and career[edit]

Grimes was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of a Pentecostal pastor.[1] Grimes graduated from Dayton Christian High School in 2002. He moved to New York City to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

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.[2]

He starred in the 2010 FX movie pilot, "Outlaw Country", with Haley Bennett and Mary Steenburgen. Grimes played a cowboy named Eli Larkin.[3] 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.[4]

He also portrayed James in True Blood for six episodes during the show's sixth season, a role he quit for season seven as he refused to play a gay character.[5]

Grimes played United States Navy SEAL Marc Lee, who was killed in action in 2006, in American Sniper (2014). He played Christian Grey's brother, Elliot, in the film Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), and its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker (2017) and Fifty Shades Freed (2018).[6]

Grimes played Todd Belkin in Freeheld opposite Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Ellen Page and Michael Shannon. Peter Sollett directed this independent feature film, which is based on a true story.



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 Television film
Taken 2 Jamie
2013 Stars Evan
Squatters Michael Silverman
2014 American Sniper Marc Lee
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Elliot Grey
Freeheld Todd Belkin
Forever Charlie
2016 The Magnificent Seven Teddy
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Elliot Grey
2017 El Camino Christmas Eric Roth
2018 Fifty Shades Freed Elliot Grey
2019 ’’Into The Ashes’’ Nick Brenner


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 Brothers & Sisters Ryan Lafferty Guest (season 3); Main Role (season 4)
2013 True Blood James 6 episodes
2018-present Yellowstone Kayce Dutton Main Role


  1. ^ "Luke Grimes: 5 Things to Know About the Fifty Shades of Grey Star Playing Christian's Brother Elliot". E! News. October 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Mitovich, Matt (October 20, 2008). "Ryan Game Over: Brothers & Sisters Casts New Offspring". TV Guide. Retrieved January 12, 2009.
  3. ^ Abrams, Natalie (July 6, 2010). "Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett Head for Outlaw Country". TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  4. ^ Armitage, Hugh (November 9, 2011). "Luke Grimes cast in Liam Neeson's 'Taken 2'". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Murphy, Shaunna. "'True Blood' Actor Speaks Out On Ex-Costar's Anti-Gay Behavior: 'I'm Over Him'". MTV News.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 25, 2013). "Another Grey Casting In 'Fifty Shades'". Deadline Hollywood. PMC. Retrieved October 25, 2013.

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