Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American actor. He won the Independent Spirit Award for his big-screen debut performance in the 2002 film Antwone Fisher, directed and produced by Denzel Washington.
Luke was discovered while working at the Studio Emporium gift shop on the Sony studio lot and given the Fisher role, a story which is still repeated on the Sony studio tour. 
Luke was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to Maurice Luke, a native of Guyana, and Marjorie Dixon. He has two brothers, Daniel and Maurice, and is a graduate of Linden High School in Linden, NJ. He throws right-handed, but writes left-handed.
Luke married singer-actor Sophia Adella Hernandez in 1998.
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Glory Road is a 2006 film released on January 13 2006. The film was released straight to DVD in some countries. The film deals with the events of the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, in which Texas Western College coach Don Haskins led a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history.Several scenes in this movie were filmed at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), which was formerly Texas Western College, and El Paso High School in El Paso, Texas, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Chalmette High School in Chalmette, Louisiana.As of February 12, 2006, the film grossed a total of 40.7 million dollars in the domestic Box Office.Glory Road is also the title of Haskins' autobiography, a national bestseller released in 2005 by Hyperion Books. The book details Haskins' early life as a player and coach and the focuses on the 1966 team and the aftermath of the championship, which is...,
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Spartan is a political thriller film written and directed by David Mamet. It was released in U.S. and Canada in March 2004.Robert Scott (Kilmer) is a coldly efficient secret agent who trains special forces recruits for the US Government. When Laura Newton (Bell), the Harvard-educated daughter of a high-ranking elected government official disappears, Scott is brought in to find her. He is aided on his assignment by one of his trainees, Curtis (Luke), and special forces knife fighting instructor Jackie Black (Texada). The investigation takes him from Boston into the heart of a sexual slavery ring operating out of Dubai, as he navigates through a number of twists, double-crosses, and tested loyalties along the way....,
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The movie was directed by Denzel Washington, marking his directing debut. He also stars in the film as the psychiatrist, Jerome Davenport, alongside Hollywood newcomers Derek Luke, who played the title role (and personally knew the real Antwone Fisher), and ex-model Joy Bryant, as Fisher's girlfriend. It was produced by Denzel Washington, Nancy Paloian, and Todd Black,...,
Derek Luke was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Hudson County