Derek Luke is an American actor best known for his big-screen debut as the title role in the 2002 film Antwone Fisher, directed and produced by Denzel Washington, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award.
Luke earned several awards and accolades for his performance, including a Black Reel Award for Best Actor, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. He also earned a BET Award in 2003 for Favorite Actor.
Following the success of Antwone Fisher, Luke co-starred in a number of diverse roles, including Biker Boyz alongside Laurence Fishburne, the critically acclaimed independent film Pieces of April with Katie Holmes, and was tapped by director David Mamet for a starring role in the political thriller Spartan with Val Kilmer and William H. Macy.
In October 2004, Luke starred as James Boobie Miles in Friday Night Lights, a film directed by Peter Berg and produced by Brian Grazer. The popularity of the movie spawned the critically acclaimed NBC television series of the same name.
Luke continued to prove his versatility as an actor in a series of films including Jerry Bruckheimer's Glory Road, Catch a Fire co-starring Tim Robbins, Lions for Lambs, directed by Robert Redford and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise, and the romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe.
Luke has starred in a trio of influential films - Spike Lee's WWII epic Miracle at St. Anna, Tyler Perry's family film Madea Goes to Jail and Notorious, where he portrayed Sean Diddy Combs.
He also starred as Cameron Boone in the television drama series Trauma, from 2009-2010.
Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Luke currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sophia.