Date of Birth
29 December 1982, Speake, Alabama, USA
Lucas York Black
5' 9" (1.75 m)
Lucas York Black was born on November 29, 1982, in Decatur, Alabama, to Jan (Keenum), an office worker, and Larry Black, a museum worker. Without any formal acting lessons, Lucas made his film debut with a small part in the Kevin Costner film The War (1994) at the age of 11. The small role helped him land his next job in the series American Gothic (1995). When the series went to North Carolina to cast its primary roles, the casting people in Wilmington remembered Lucas, and suggested him for the role of "Caleb Temple." Although the series didn't last too long, Lucas's film career did. He was next seen in the sleeper hit Sling Blade (1996) and then in another dark film Ghosts of Mississippi (1996).
A bit of Calvin Klein modeling and mainly school and sports occupied the rest of his spare time. He scored another summer hit with The X Files (1998) and finally got a lead role in the independent film Crazy in Alabama (1999). Selective about his film roles, Lucas turned down an opportunity to star in the movie adaptation of The Horse Whisperer (1998) due to the request of having his accent altered. In 2000, he was seen with Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses (2000).
A good student, Lucas graduated from Speake High School, class of 2001, where he played football, basketball and a little bit of golf. He plans on studying fish biology, which would be probable since he is a highly active bass fisherman. After a small break, he will next be seen alongside Hollywood stars Jude Law and Natalie Portman in the drama Cold Mountain (2003).
Has an older brother named Lee and an older sister named Lori.
Parents: Larry and Jan Black.
Enjoys playing football and basketball, and has started to play golf.
Graduated from high school - May 2001.
Had no formal acting lessons.
He played for the Speake Bobcats as a nose/left guard.
He turned down a part in The Horse Whisperer (1998) because they wanted him to change his accent.
Supports the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.
He acted alongside Billy Bob Thornton in two movies: Sling Blade (1996) and Friday Night Lights (2004).
Acted with Christopher Fennell in three movies: The War (1994), The X Files (1998), and Cold Mountain (2003); both had their acting debuts in The War (1994) with Kevin Costner. In The War (1994), they played the two youngest brothers in a family of bullies, and in The X Files (1998), they played two of the three boys who discovered the black oil. in North Texas; Lucas Black was the one who fell down into the hole.
He has played a character from Texas in four movies: Jarhead (2005), Friday Night Lights (2004), All the Pretty Horses (2000), and The X Files (1998) movie.
Bought a house in Columbia, Missouri, after having a role in the indie film Killer Diller (2004), which was filmed 45 minutes outside of Columbia in Fayette. [July 2003]
Son was born in August 2013.
Daughter, Sophie Jo, was born in June 2011.
Strong Alabama accent
If you have to change something about you to be in a part, I don't think it's easy to do. You should just pick the part where you can just be yourself. [About turning down a part in The Horse Whisperer (1998) because he was required to change his accent]
[on golfing skills in 'Utopia' film] I'm a real golfer. I've had experience playing competitively, and I think it helped tremendously for the role, because there are certain things--the way a golfer carries himself, his demeanor--that it would be hard for an actor to fake.