Derek Luke Biography

Updated On Jun 21, 2019 Published On Jun 21, 2019
Facts of Derek Luke
Date of Birth: 1974 , April-24
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
Name Derek Luke
Birth Name Derek Luke
Father Maurice Luke
Mother Marjorie Dixon
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Jersey City, New Jersey
Ethnicity Black
Profession Actor
Net Worth $5 Million
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Face Color Black
Weight in KG 82
Married to Sophia Adella Luke
Children 2
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Derek Luke is an American actor best known for his big-screen debut role in the drama film Antwone Fisher. He currently plays the role of Kevin Porter in the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why.

Early Life, Family & Education

Derek Luke was born on April 24, 1974, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the United States of America, to parents Maurice Luke and Marjorie Dixon.

His father, who is from Georgetown, Guyana, is also an actor while his mother is a pianist. He was raised along with his two siblings; brothers Maurice Luke and Daniel Luke.

He is of American nationality and belongs to black ethnicity. His birth sign is Taurus. He studied at Linden High School and then attended Henry Snyder High School from where he graduated in 1993.


Derek Luke played one of the four major roles in the war film Miracle at St. Anna directed by Spike Lee. He appeared in the movie replacing Wesley Snipes, who had left the film because of his tax problems.

Luke played a small role of a nurse in an episode of the television sitcom The King of Queens (White Collar) in 1999 and then starred on the NBC show Trauma.

He was cast as a member of the group Mayhem in an episode of Moesha (Mayhem at the Jam Esp) in March 19, 2001.

Luke portrayed Sean 'Puffy' Combs in the crime drama film Notorious in 2009 and James 'Boobie' Miles in the sports drama film Friday Night Lights in 2004.

Luke played the role of a member of the Howling CommandosGabe Jones, in the sci-fi film Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.

He also appeared in the FX series The Americans from February to April 2013 and later in March 2018, he portrayed the lead role of the NBC pilot Suspicion.

Personal Life: Married to Wife Sophia Adella Luke

Derek Luke is a married man. He has been married to the Lying in Wait actress Sophia Adella Luke. The couple tied the knot in a lavish wedding ceremony in 1998 after dating for years.

Luke and his wife share two children together but they have not revealed the name of their kids. Being pretty secretive about his personal life, Luke has not opened up about his past affairs and dating history.

Salary & Net Worth

Being a legendary actor, Derek Luke earns a decent amount of money from his career as an actor. According to the Celebrity Net Worth website, he has an estimated net worth of $5 million with a huge salary.

According to online records, the average salary of an actor in the United States of America is $10 to $100 per hour.

Body Measurement, Height, Weight, Age

Body Measurement : N/A

Height : 5 Feet 11 Inches

Weight : 82 KG

Age : 45 Years Old

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Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

April 24 , 1974

Derek Luke was born on April 24, 1974, in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, to father Maurice Luke and mother Marjorie Dixon.

Graduated From Henry Snyder High School


Derek Luke studied at Henry Snyder High School from where he completed his graduation in 1993. He has also attended Linden High School.

Made Big-Screen Debut With Antwone Fisher


Derek Luke made his big screen debut with the drama film Antwone Fisher in 2002. He won an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in the movie.

Appeared in The Americans


Actor Derek Luke also appeared in the popular FX series The Americans from February to April 2013

Appeared in 13 Reasons Why


Derek Luke started appearing in the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why in 2017 and ever since he is one of the stars of the series.

Net Worth $5 million


According to Celebrity Net Worth, Derek Luke has an estimated net worth of $5 million with a huge salary.