Derek Luke (b. April 24, 1974) is an American actor. He portrays Kevin Porter in Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.

Life and Career

Early Life

Derek Luke was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States (North East) is the son of Marjorie Dixon, a pianist, and Maurice Luke, a former actor. His father is from Georgetown, Guyana. Derek attended freshman year at Linden High School and graduated from Henry Snyder High School in 1993.


An audition with casting director Robi Reed-Humes for the role of Antwone Fisher went well enough that Luke was called in to meet Washington, one of Luke's childhood idols.

Luke played one of the four male leads in Spike Lee's 2008 war film Miracle at St. Anna, replacing Wesley Snipes, who had to leave the film due to his highly publicized tax problems.

Luke played a small role as a nurse in the 1999 episode "White Collar" of the sitcom The King of Queens, and appeared on the NBC show Trauma. He played one of the group members of Mayhem in the Moesha episode "Mayhem at the Jam Esp" (March 19, 2001). He plays Alicia Keys' love interest in her music video for "Teenage Love Affair". He played singer Monica's love interest in her music video for "So Gone". Luke played Sean 'Puffy' Combs in the 2009 film Notorious, and James 'Boobie' Miles in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights.

Glory Road, which was released in the U.S. in January, 2006, forty years after the "fabulous five" forever altered the landscape of college basketball. Derek Luke was cast to play Bobby Joe in the movie.

Luke was cast to play Gabe Jones, a member of the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger, released in July 2011. In June 2011, Luke also began starring in the TNT original medical drama series HawthoRNe as Miles Bourdet, an assistant surgeon from Chicago.

From February to April 2013, Luke played the character of "Gregory" in the FX series The Americans. In 2015, he played Malcolm Devoe, head of security for Empire Entertainment on the TV series Empire and Cookie's secret love interest.


Season 1

Awards and Nominations


  • 2002 NBR (National Board of Review) Award
    Breakthrough Performance - Male
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 Independent Spirit Award
    Best Male Lead
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 Special Achievement Award
    Outstanding New Talent
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 Black Reel Award
    Best Breakthrough Performance - Viewer's Choice
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 Black Reel Award
    Theatrical - Best Actor
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 BET (Black Entertainment Television) Award
    Best Actor
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2006 Hollywood Breakthrough Award
    Breakthrough Actor
    Glory Road


  • 2003 Teen Choice Award
    Choice Movie Breakout Star - Male
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
    Best Newcomer
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 Online Film Critics Society Award
    Best Breakthrough Performance
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 Online Film & Television Association
    Best Breakthrough Performance: Male
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 MTV Movie + TV Award
    Breakthrough Male Performance
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 Gold Derby Award
    Breakthrough Performance
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Award
    Most Promising Performer
    Antwone Fisher
  • 2006 Satellite Award
    Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
    Catch a Fire
  • 2007 Black Reel Award
    Best Actor
    Catch a Fire
  • 2008 Black Reel Award
    Best Actor
    Miracle at St. Anna
  • 2009 Image Award
    Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
    Miracle at St. Anna
  • 2010 Black Reel Award
    Best Supporting Actor
    Madea Goes to Jail
  • 2014 Acapulco Black Film Festival (Hollywood Award)
    Best Ensemble Cast
    Shared with Djimon Hounsou, Adam Brody, Jill Scott, Taye Diggs, Lauren London, Jenifer Lewis, Terrence Jenkins, Trey Songz, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Boris Kodjoe, La La Anthony, Christina Milian, Affion Crockett and Paula Patton
    Baggage Claim





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Cast Members
Season 1
Ajiona AlexusAlex MacNicollAlisha BoeAnna ZavelsonAmy HargreavesAndrea RothBrandon FlynnBrandon LarracuenteBrian d'Arcy JamesChristian NavarroCindy CheungDerek LukeDevin DruidDorian LockettDylan MinnetteGiorgia WhighamHenry ZagaJackie GearyJoseph C. PhillipsJosh HamiltonJustin PrenticeKate WalshKatherine LangfordKeiko AgenaMaria DizziaMark PellegrinoMatthew AlanMichele Selene AngMiles HeizerRoss ButlerSosie BaconSteven SilverSteven WeberTimothy GranaderosTom Everett ScottTommy DorfmanWilson Cruz
Season 2
Cast Members who joined in this season are linked in big font
Ajiona Alexus • Alex MacNicoll • Allison Miller • Alisha Boe • Anna Zavelson • Anne Winters • Amy Hargreaves • Andrea Roth • Ben LawsonBrandon BlackBrandon Butler • Brandon Flynn • Brandon Larracuente • Brenda Strong • Brian d'Arcy James • Bryce CassChelsea Alden • Christian Navarro • Cindy Cheung • Derek Luke • Devin Druid • Dylan Minnette • Jackie Geary • Jake Weber • Joseph C. Phillips • Josh Hamilton • Justin Prentice • Kate Walsh • Katherine Langford • Keiko Agena • Kelli O'Hara • Maria Dizzia • Mark Pellegrino • Matthew Alan • Meredith Monroe • Michele Selene Ang • Miles Heizer • RJ Brown • Ross Butler • Samantha Logan • Sosie Bacon • Spence Moore II • Steven Silver • Steven Weber • Timothy Granaderos • Tom Everett Scott • Tommy Dorfman • Wilson Cruz
Season 3
Cast Members who joined in this season are linked in big font
Alisha Boe • Brandon Flynn • Brenda Strong • Christian Navarro • Devin Druid • Dylan Minnette • Justin Prentice • Miles Heizer • Ross Butler • Timonthy Granaderos

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