Date of Birth12 December 1995, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Birth NameLuke Aaron Benward
Height6' 2" (1.88 m)
Mini BiographyAt first glance, Luke Benward appears like any other typical teenager. Born Luke Aaron Benward in Franklin, Tennessee, he spends his free time like most teens his age: Playing football (Wide Receiver 8th grade year), video games, breakdancing, and practicing on his new electric guitar. Part of an entertainment family. He caught the acting bug by tagging along to auditions with his mother, actress, and theatrical coach Kenda Benward.
Luke Benward's first break was at the age of five, appearing along side Mel Gibson in We Were Soldiers. At six years of age, he was cast in the television pilot Life on the Water and by age seven starred in the television pilot for the WB series Family Affair featuring Tim Curry and Gary Cole. He was cast as the southern speaking, toothpick chewing Stevie Dewberry in the family film Because of Winn Dixie at age 8. During the fall of 2006, moviegoers laughed as Luke Benward's character Billy Forrester choked down ten worms in ''How to Eat Fried Worms''. Less than a year later, Benward played the brainy Charlie Tuttle, who invented a time machine that allowed him to travel 48 hours into the past in Disney Channel's Minutemen. In 2008, fans buckled their seat belts as Luke took on "three sorry thieves, four furry paws and five million bucks" in ''Dog Gone'' (formerly ''Diamond Dog Caper''). Luke Benward raised the acting bar a little higher in 2010 when he accepted the role as Alan in Lasse Hallstrom's film ''Dear John''. This was Benward's first dramatic role in a feature film. He played an autistic teenager and son to actor Henry Thomas.
Luke Benward's other credits include commercials for McDonald's, Nintendo, Willy Wonka, American Express, and Hamburger Helper. In 2003, he shared success with country music superstar Martina McBride, when her music video Concrete Angel, starring Benward, was nominated for a Grammy and won the award for Female Video of the Year at the CMT Flameworthy Awards.
It doesn't stop there, two years ago he decided to follow in his dad's footsteps, Aaron Benward, a 16 year veteran in the music business. Luke Benward signed a production deal with In Crowd Productions who's collective credits include: Hilary Duff, India Arie, Backstreet Boys, Mat Kearney, Death Cab for Cutie, and the Jonas Brothers. They have released a 5-song EP and continue to develop Luke as an artist.
Luke Benward's career is moving full speed ahead. In November 2006, the Hollywood reporter named Benward "One of Hollywood's Top 12 Kids to Watch."