Luke Grimes

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Luke Timothy Grimes

(1984-01-21) January 21, 1984 (age 38)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Years active2006–present
Bianca Grimes
(m. 2018)

Luke Timothy Grimes (born January 21, 1984) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the acclaimed film American Sniper, the Fifty Shades film series and the drama series Yellowstone (2018–present).

Early life[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]

Grimes also portrayed James in True Blood for six episodes during the show's sixth season, but later left the show. Reports indicated that he quit because he refused to participate in same-sex kissing or sex scenes or to play a character that was attracted to men.[5][6] Grimes's publicist claimed that he departed to pursue other opportunities.[6][7] Still, sources say writers and cast members were “baffled and angered” by the decision.[6]

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).[8]

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

Since 2018, he has starred alongside Kevin Costner in the Paramount Network drama series Yellowstone in the role of Kayce Dutton.

Grimes stars in music video, Noir State Beach, by Los Angeles band, Xu Xu Fang.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2018, he is married to Bianca Rodrigues.



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 Taken 2 Jamie
2013 Stars Evan
2014 Squatters Michael Silverman Direct-to-video
American Sniper Marc Lee
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Elliot Grey
Shangri-La Suite Jack Blueblood
Freeheld Todd Belkin
Forever Charlie
2016 Manhattan Undying Max
2016 The Magnificent Seven Teddy Q
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Elliot Grey
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 Main cast (season 4)
2012 Outlaw Country Eli Larken Television film
2013 True Blood James 6 episodes
2018–present Yellowstone Kayce Dutton Main cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series


  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. ^ a b c "Luke Grimes Left "True Blood" Because He Refused to Play Gay".
  7. ^ "True Blood star denies he quit show over planned gay storyline". 29 June 2014.
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 25, 2013). "Another Grey Casting In 'Fifty Shades'". Deadline Hollywood. PMC. Retrieved October 25, 2013.

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