Luis Da Silva
Luis Trikz Da Silva Jr in 2008
Luis Fernando Da Silva Jr.
August 3, 1982
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, freestyle basketball pioneer, author, producer|
In a 2001 episode of This American Life, Da Silva was the first streetball athlete to be signed to an advertising contract by Nike. He performed with Alicia Keys, in 2001 in New York City's Niketown while promoting the well known Nike campaign. He was subsequently mentioned in Scoop Jackson’s main division, titled Sole Provider, which recognized the best of Nike’s 35-year chronicle. In 2003, Da Silva was the youngest player signed to the Harlem Wizards Show basketball team.
Midway Games offered Da Silva a lead in the newly developed video game, L.A. Rush, which sold 1 million units internationally. He has also worked with Midway performing the video game motion capturing for NBA Ballers, NBA Ballers: Phenom, NBA Ballers: Chosen One, NBA 2K8, NBA 2K9 and AND 1 Streetball video games. He has been featured in magazines SLAM and DIME and on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and the cover of TIME overseas.
In 2006, Stephon Marbury and Steve & Barry's announced that Da Silva would hit the road on the Starbury SLAM Tour, with the first of many appearances at Steve & Barry's stores and schools across 120 cities in 60 days to perform his unique style of hip hop themed basketball wizardry in front of kids and parents. Andy Todd, president of Steve & Barry's, said "Trikz is not only a phenomenal performer; he's also a phenomenal guy who kids will enjoy seeing and hearing."
In August 2007, Da Silva fulfilled a childhood dream when he was invited to participate in a Harlem Globetrotters mini-camp in Houston, TX and two days into the camp was offered a contract to join the legendary team.
In October 2008, the Maryland Nighthawks announced that they selected Da Silva with the 14th overall pick as part of their official "Travel team" of the PBL this year, and are set to tour China and other Asian countries during the season.
In 2009, Da Silva achieved a personal goal of setting a Guinness World Record of 24 consecutive neck catches of a basketball. In 2009, Da Silva became the youngest person ever inducted into the City of Elizabeth Athletic Hall of Fame.
Da Silva has produced and directed an instructional DVD entitled Freestyle 101, which has been created into an Apple application available on iTunes and Apple store. This DVD is a streetball tutorial that is devoted to inspiring children, adolescents and adults to use basketball in a creative and challenging way of physical fitness.
March 2011 marks the release of Da Silva's Freestyle 101 DVD onto Amazon.com, which is a full-length 47-minute instructional DVD designed to teach and motivate anyone interested in learning basketball's most extraordinary trick moves. This is exclusive DVD is only available for purchase at Amazon.com in a collaborative effect with Nightowl Productions and Freestyle Dreams Media.
In 2011, Da Silva played in Fast Five and in the 2012 comedy 21 Jump Street, gaining increasing exposure. With the release of 2013's Dead Man Down, Da Silva had his biggest role yet, as Terrence Howard's righthand man, Terry. This was followed up by a role in the 2013 summer hit The Heat featuring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
|2004||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Marvin||TV – 1 episode|
|2007||The Brave One||Lee|
|2008||Pride and Glory||Dominican Bodega Customer|
|2009||Clear Lake, WI||Jason|
|2010||Mercy||Burned Prisoner||TV – 1 episode|
|Southern Fried Stings||Guy||TV – 1 episode|
|America's Most Wanted||Various||TV – 9 episodes|
|Burn Notice||Prison Gang||TV – 3 episodes|
|2011||Loving the Bad Man||Alejandro Garcia De La Paz|
|Treme||Brazilian Foreman||TV – 1 episode|
|Remnants||Russ||Also associate producer|
|In a Pickle||Latino toughs|
|CO2||Latino gang member|
|21 Jump Street||Luis|
|BayTown Disco||Large Vato||Filming|
|Hound Dogs||Orlando||Pilot episode|
|2013||Dead Man Down||Terry|
|Body of Proof||Oscar Ramirez||TV- 1 episode|
|The Heat||Dealer #4|
|Aztec Warrior||Chupacabra Leader|
|2016||Triple 9||Luis Pinto|
|I Am Wrath||Charley|
|Paterson||Blood in convertible|
|2017||Hidden American With Jonah Ray||Gabriel|
|The Girl Who Invented Kissing||Luis|
|Trading Paint||Diner Redneck|
|2005||L.A. Rush||Trikz Lane||Main role|
|2006||AND 1 Streetball||Trikz|
- Rovell, Darren (June 14, 2001). "Bedazzling ballhandlers make video a Stomping success". Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- "Radio Archive by Date".
- "Fotoday". Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- "Luis Da Silva" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
- "City of Elizabeth". Archived from the original on June 5, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
- LeWinter, Marlon. "Luis 'Trikz' Da Silva Joins Team Starbury".
- "Harlem Globetrotters". Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "Maryland Nighthawks Select Trikz and Pat da Roc in 2008 PBL Draft". October 17, 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- "Shaquille O Neal Attempts GWR". Archived from the original on July 5, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010.
- "13 Tip Off".
- "The Trikz". Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- "Freestyle 101".
- "The Premiere of FilmDistrict's 'Dead Man Down' at ArcLight Hollywood".
- "A Boy Named Boo by Luis Trikz Da Silva, Jr".