Lucas York Black
November 29, 1982
Decatur, Alabama, U.S.
Lucas York Black (born November 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his roles in the CBS television series American Gothic (1995–1996), and Special Agent Christopher LaSalle on CBS's NCIS: New Orleans (2014–2019). His notable films are Sling Blade (1996), Flash (1997), Crazy in Alabama (1999), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Friday Night Lights (2004), Jarhead (2005), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Get Low (2009), Legion (2010), and Seven Days in Utopia (2011).
Black was born in Decatur, Alabama, to Jan Gillespie, an office worker, and Larry Black, a museum employee. He has two older siblings and was raised a Southern Baptist. He grew up in Speake, Alabama, played football for the Speake Bobcats, and graduated from high school in May 2001.
At age 11 or 12, Black made his film debut in Kevin Costner's film The War. He subsequently was cast as Caleb Temple in CBS's television series American Gothic, which ran from 1995 to 1996, and in the films Sling Blade, Ghosts of Mississippi, and The X-Files. Later Black starred as Conner Strong in the TV film Flash (1997), which aired on The Wonderful World of Disney; in the movie his character visits a horse every day in the hope of buying it.
Black played a supporting role as Oakley in the historical drama Cold Mountain (2003). In 2004, he starred as Vernon, an autistic piano prodigy, in the indie musical drama Killer Diller (2004), and as Mike Winchell in the football-themed drama Friday Night Lights (2004), directed by Peter Berg.
Black starred as Nat Banyon in the indie thriller film Deepwater (2005), directed by David S. Marfield; as Chris Kruger in the Gulf War-themed drama film Jarhead (2005), directed by Sam Mendes; and as Sean Boswell in the third The Fast and the Furious film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), directed by Justin Lin. He described Tokyo Drift as the one in which he "had the most fun."
Black starred as Buddy in the indie drama Get Low (2009), directed by Aaron Schneider; as Jeep Hanson in the Bible-themed fantasy thriller Legion (2010); and as Luke Chisholm, a talented young golfer set on making the pro tour, in the indie golfing film Seven Days in Utopia (2010).
He portrayed the Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese in the drama film 42 (2013). Black, having done previous sports films and played sports early in his life, found the filming experience "a lot more enjoyable because you get to reminisce about the days when I used to play, and then you get the experience of being on a team again with the actors and have that camaraderie with the players".
In 2015, Black returned to play Sean Boswell in a cameo appearance in Furious 7. Sean did not appear in the eighth installment, The Fate of the Furious, and in July 2016, Black explained on The Chris Mannix Show that he could not return due to his schedule with NCIS: New Orleans.
In November 2019, Black left the series NCIS: New Orleans to devote more time to his family.
|1994||The War||Ebb Lipnicki|
|1996||Sling Blade||Frank Wheatley|
|Ghosts of Mississippi||Burt DeLaughter|
|1999||Our Friend, Martin||Randy (voice)|
|Crazy in Alabama||Peter Joseph "Peejoe" Bullis|
|2000||All the Pretty Horses||Jimmy Blevins|
|The Miracle Worker||James Keller|
|Friday Night Lights||Mike Winchell|
|Jarhead||LCpl. Chris Kruger|
|2006||The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Sean Boswell|
|2009||Get Low||Buddy Robinson|
|2011||Seven Days in Utopia||Luke Chisholm|
|2012||Promised Land||Paul Geary|
|2013||42||Pee Wee Reese|
|2015||Furious 7||Sean Boswell||Cameo|
|2023||Fast & Furious 10|
|2024||Fast & Furious 11|
|1995–1996||American Gothic||Caleb Temple||22 episodes|
|1997||Chicago Hope||Noah Fielding||Episode: "The Son Also Rises"|
|2014, 2016||NCIS ||Special Agent Christopher Lasalle||4 episodes|
|2014–2019||NCIS: New Orleans ||125 episodes|
|2016||Crockhill Mountain||Caleb McLaughlin||Television movie|
Awards and nominations
|1996||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Cast||Sling Blade||Nominated|
|1997||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Won|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor||Won|
|YoungStar Awards||Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama Film||Won|
|Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama TV Series||American Gothic||Nominated|
|1998||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series – Leading Young Actor||Flash||Nominated|
|2000||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor||Crazy in Alabama||Nominated|
|YoungStar Awards||Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama||Nominated|
|2001||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor||All the Pretty Horses||Nominated|
|2006||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star||The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Nominated|
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- "Lucas Black on Golf, God, and 'Utopia'". Christianity Today. September 1, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
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- "Lucas Black gets 'Furious'". Variety. September 28, 2005. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- Jacobs, Evan (September 21, 2006). "EXCLUSIVE: Lucas Black Talks The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift". MovieWeb. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
- Leydon, Joe (September 14, 2009). "Review: 'Get Low'". Variety. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
- Leydon, Joe (January 22, 2010). "Review: 'Legion'". Variety. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
- McNary, Dave (July 28, 2010). "Pair bound for 'Utopia'". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- Carlton, Bob (April 14, 2013). "Alabama's Lucas Black gets back in uniform to play Pee Wee Reese in the Jackie Robinson movie '42'". AL.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
- O'Connell, Michael (February 10, 2014). "'Fast & Furious' Actor Joins 'NCIS' New Orleans Spinoff". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
- Mike Fleming Jr. (September 16, 2013). "Lucas Black Is Back Behind The Wheel For 'Fast & Furious 7' And Beyond". Deadline Hollywood.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Crouse, Karen (February 8, 2012). "Some Celebrities Play for Real, Not Laughs". The New York Times.
- Gillespie, Loretta. "Actor Lucas Black's mother proud of son's accomplishments". The Cullman Times. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
- "Real Life Lucas Black". YouTube. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2014). "Lucas Black Joins CBS' 'NCIS' Spinoff". Deadline. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
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