Ned Luke

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Ned Luke
Born Ned Von Leuck
(1958-10-04) October 4, 1958 (age 59)
Danville, Illinois, United States
Residence Westchester County, New York, United States
Other names Ned von Leuck
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s)
Amy Sax (m. 1997)
Children 1
Relatives Paul Birch (grandfather)

Ned Luke (born October 4, 1958) is an American actor. He is known for voicing and acting as Michael De Santa in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V[1] and Raffles in the animated movie Rover Dangerfield. He has appeared in 29 movies and television shows to date.

Early life[edit]

Ned Luke was born in Danville, Illinois, to Cindy (née Smith) and Fred Luke. His maternal grandfather was actor Paul Birch.[2] He graduated from Danville High School in 1977 where he was a bi-sport athlete and honor student. He later attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. He has four siblings.

Career[edit]

Luke's first major voice-over role was in Rover Dangerfield, where he played a sheepdog named Raffles opposite Rodney Dangerfield. He was cast as a guest star in several TV shows throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and has appeared in about 100 television commercials featuring products such as Budweiser and Burger King.

In 2007, having grown disenchanted with show business and desiring that his son experience where he grew up, Luke decided to take a break from acting and moved his family from Los Angeles to his hometown of Danville, where he opened a restaurant with his brother. After two years, he decided to return to acting and he and his family moved to New York City. His agent suggested he audition for the role of Michael De Santa, one of the three protagonists of Rockstar Games' newest entry in the popular Grand Theft Auto series - Grand Theft Auto V. Luke initially scoffed at the idea of being in a video game, but after reading the script decided to proceed with the audition.[3] Luke was eventually cast as one of the game's three protagonists, Michael de Santa. Grand Theft Auto V went on to set several sales records and has become the highest grossing video game in history.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Luke married yoga instructor and part-time actress Amy Sax on November 12, 1997. They have one son and live in Westchester County, New York.[5] Luke is nearly deaf in his right ear.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Bear Football Player
1991 Rover Dangerfield Raffles Voice only, supporting role
1996 The Nutty Professor Construction Worker Uncredited
1997 On the Line Officer Al (TV Movie)
1999 Citation of Merit Sergeant Smith Short film
2017 American Gothic Bill

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Angel Street Officer Lead role Episode: The Blonde in the Pond
1994 Guiding Light Sherrif 2064 episodes
1995 NYPD Blue Lawyer Episode: Cold Heaters
1996 Murder One Conspiracy Guy Episode: Chapter Eleven
1996 Renegade Andy Warwick Episode: The Milk Carton Kid
1997 The Burning Zone 2nd Officer Episode: Critical Mass
1997 High Incident Gary Butterworth Episode: Remote Control
1999 General Hospital Body Guard 9232 episodes
1999 City Guys Lonnie Collins Episode: Miracle on 134th Street and Lexington Avenue
2000 The Pretender David Arnold Episode: Junk
2000 JAG Senior Chief Petty Officer Braken 20 episodes
2000 The Huntress Detective Ellard Episode: "The Kid"
2000 Diagnosis Murder Timmons 5 episodes
2004 Third Watch Ron Connelly 6 episodes
2005 as the World Turns Detective Lang Storm 12422 episodes
2005 Jonny Zero Officer Muncie 8 episodes
2002-2005 All My Children Fire Chief/Private Investigator 9170 episodes
2005 Law & Order Ken Cosgrove 8 episodes
2009 Katana Executive 1 episodes: pilot
2002-2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mr. Thurbur/Roger Swanson/Mr. Wilmont 16 episodes 14 episodes 1 episodes
2013 Boardwalk Empire Boorish Man 4 episodes
2015 Unfiltered Randolph Wiley

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Michael Townley/Michael De Santa Voice and motion capture

Accolades[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014
Grand Theft Auto V Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Preview: 'GTA V' actor Ned Luke talks". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ned Luke: Trivia". IMDb.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Crime pays for 'Grand Theft Auto V' actors". Usatoday.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ Chalk, Andy (November 7, 2017). "Grand Theft Auto 5 is the best-selling videogame of all time in the US". PC Gamer. 
  5. ^ John Gaudiosi (October 3, 2013). "Grand Theft Auto V actors think their game is violent, and that's okay". TechHive. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gaming Trivia #33: Grand Theft Auto V". Trueachievements.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 

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