Luke Grimes

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Luke Grimes
Born Luke Timothy Grimes
(1984-01-21) January 21, 1984 (age 32)
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

Luke Timothy Grimes (born January 21, 1984) is an American actor.

Life and career[edit]

Grimes was born in Dayton, Ohio, the youngest of four children of Angie (Barker) and the Rev. Randy Grimes. Luke 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.[1]

He starred in the 2010 FX movie pilot, "Outlaw Country", with Haley Bennett and Mary Steenburgen. Grimes played a cowboy named Eli Larkin.[2] 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.[3]

He also portrayed James in True Blood for six episodes during the shows sixth season. He was replaced in the series seventh and final season reportedly due to creative differences with the producers.[4]

Grimes played Navy SEAL Marc Lee, who was killed in action in 2006, in American Sniper (2014). He played Christian Grey's brother, Elliot, in the movie Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).[5]

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 TV movie
Taken 2 Jamie
2013 Stars Evan
Squatters Michael Silverman
2014 American Sniper Marc Lee
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Elliott Grey
Freeheld Todd Belkin
2016 The Magnificent Seven Filming
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Filming
2018 Fifty Shades Freed Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 Brothers & Sisters Ryan Lafferty 35 episodes
2013 True Blood James 6 episodes


  1. ^ Mitovich, Matt (October 20, 2008). "Ryan Game Over: Brothers & Sisters Casts New Offspring". TV Guide. Retrieved January 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ Abrams, Natalie (July 6, 2010). "Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett Head for Outlaw Country". TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Armitage, Hugh (November 9, 2011). "Luke Grimes cast in Liam Neeson's 'Taken 2'". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Grimes, Luke. ""True Blood loses James actor Luke Grimes". Kyle Hembree. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 25, 2013). "Another Grey Casting In ‘Fifty Shades’". PMC. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 

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