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About Derek Luke

Actor Derek Luke was bornin Jersey City, New Jersey. His father, Maurice Luke, is a native of Guyana who had previously worked as an actor in London, and his mother, Marjorie Dixon, is a pianist. Luke's parents divorced when he was only in the third grade, and Luke, along with his two brothers, were raised primarily by their mother. However, Dixon struggled to make ends meet on her musician's salary, and the family moved frequently among Jersey City's rough and impoverished neighborhoods. Growing up in a largely hardscrabble environment, Luke was forced to learn to fight and act tough at a very young age. "I grew up and went to school with metal detectors," he explains. Still, he had strong role models in his mother and uncles, who inspired him to transcend his environment. "I think what influenced my life was the power of words," he says. "My mother always, my uncles always spoke powerful words. I think, even though I grew up in the hood, I always tell people I really grew up in a rich home, because I had good words." Luke attended six different schools before finally settling at Henry Snyder High School, a performing arts school in Jersey City. He graduated from Snyder in 1992 and continued on to Jersey State College to study acting. However, he soon grew impatient and wanted to try his hand at a professional career in show business. In 1995 he packed his bags and moved across the country to Los Angeles with hopes of making it big in Hollywood. Early Acting Career Like many actors, Luke initially struggled to break into the acting world, resorting to a variety of odd jobs such as selling cologne, ushering and working in a Sony Pictures gift shop to pay the rent. Determined to make his own luck, Luke took acting classes at night and stuck to a relentless auditioning schedule. He recalls, "I auditioned for The Rookie, Finding Forrester, Touched by an Angel, and they didn't touch me, E.R. because my resume really needed surgery. Those are the [main ones] but…I think I was on an audition four times a week."

 

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Catch A Fire

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