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Joshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer[1] (born June 20, 1971), better known as Josh Lucas, is an American actor. He has appeared in many films, including Glory RoadSweet Home AlabamaA Beautiful MindStealthPoseidonJ. Edgar and Red Dog.

Early life[]

Lucas was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Michele (née LeFevre), a nurse midwife, and Don Maurer, an ER physician. His paternal grandparents were Polish.[2]

Lucas grew up traveling the South with his parents, who were anti-nuclear activists, and his three younger siblings. By the age of 13, he had lived in thirty different locations, including the Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. His mother attendedEmerson College with Jay Leno. The family eventually settled in the town of Gig Harbor, Washington. He attended Kopachuck Middle School and graduated from Gig Harbor High School in 1989, where he acted in high school plays. He did not attend college so he could pursue his acting career.

Career[]

Lucas began his career when he was 19, having moved to Hollywood after his high school graduation. He appeared as a guest star on several TV sitcoms in his early twenties, including Fox's True Colors and Parker Lewis Can't Lose, the family drama Life Goes On, and CBS's private-eye show Jake and the Fatman.[3]

Other projects included the horror-thriller Child of Darkness, Child of Light, an adaptation of James Patterson's novel Virgin, a tale of two Catholic schoolgirls who find themselves pregnant under mysterious and supernatural circumstances. Lucas followed this appearance by working with executive producer Steven Spielberg and then-unknown actor Clive Owen in the TV-movie Class of '61, which follows the stories of a group of West Point cadets in 1861 as the Civil War breaks out. Lucas played George Armstrong Custer.

Soon afterward, he made his feature film debut in Frank Marshall's Alive about a group of Uruguayan rugby players who, after crashing in the Andes mountains, resort tocannibalism to stay alive. After a brief appearance in the Patrick Swayze comedy Father Hood, Lucas relocated to Australia to play the hotheaded American cousin Luke McGregor opposite Andrew Clarke and Guy Pearce in the first season of the family western Snowy River: The McGregor Saga. Lucas appeared in all thirteen episodes of the first season but claimed in a later interview that despite the friendly environment, he was homesick for the United States, and his character was killed off in the second episode of season 2. Upon returning to the States, he was still receiving offers as high school/college boyfriends and felt he was not getting the age-appropriate roles he sought. While working with George C. Scott on a TV-movie from the Heat of the Night series, Scott told him he needed to take acting lessons and develop his talent for both stage and screen. Shortly thereafter, he departed Hollywood and moved to New York City, where he studied privately with various acting coaches.

Lucas at a Vanity Fairparty in New York City, April 21, 2009

The second part of his career began with a lead role in the British rowing film True Blue (released in the US as Miracle at Oxford), in which he played a hotshot Navy rower who was recruited along with three other Americans to help Oxford win its annual boat race with Cambridge. He followed that with relatively small roles in the dramas Minotaur and Harvest. He took his first stab at comedy in The Definite Maybe, in which he played a recent college graduate who gets fired from his job and schemes with an old friend to purchase a house in the Hamptons.

He appeared as an American businessman in Jule Gilfillan's romantic comedy-drama Restless. He also appeared in an Off-Broadway production ofTerrence McNally's controversial Corpus Christi, a re-telling of the Passion, with the Jesus character (named Joshua) and his disciples all being gay. Lucas played the role of Judas as a gay predator. Right before the play was to open, Lucas was mugged and beaten on his way to the theater for dress rehearsal. He played the role of Judas with bloody bandages across his broken nose and black eyes. The audience thought the bandages were part of the play.[4] Following a series of operations to reset his nose, he began gathering larger roles in films like American PsychoThe Weight of WaterSession 9The DancerWhen Strangers Appear and You Can Count on Me.

Lucas at the 2009 premiere ofPoliwood

One of Lucas' first feature roles was playing Jace "Flash" Dillon in the cinematic PC flight simulator Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger.

Lucas gained mainstream exposure after his roles in Sweet Home AlabamaA Beautiful Mind, and as Glenn Talbot in Hulk. He later gained success in leading roles in movies such as Glory RoadPoseidon, and Stealth. In Glory Road, he starred as basketball coach Don Haskins, a role for which he gained 40 lb (18 kg).

His next project was Boaz Yakin’s Death in LovePeacock is another film he starred in. Lucas starred in the 2009 Ridley Scott-producedTell-Tale, a film based on the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. Earlier that year, Lucas was seen on stage in the off-Broadway run of Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell. Lucas also completed his second collaboration with documentary film maker Ken Burns, after being involved in Burns’ The War. Lucas' other documentary work includes Operational HomecomingTrumbo, and the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award-winning Resolved. In February 2010, he was cast in the Anders Anderson thriller Stolen the single father of a mentally challenged boy, starring alongside Rhona Mitra and Jon Hamm; the film had a limited theatrical release in March 2010.[5] Lucas also co-stars in the 2010 film Shadows and Lies alongside James Franco and Julianne Nicholson. In 2011, Lucas co-starred with Rachael Taylor in the film Red Dog, based on the true story of an Australian Kelpie. Lucas won an Inside Film Award for his role.[6] He also starred in the NBC television show The Firm, which takes place ten years after the John Grisham novel it is based on. The show lasted one season.

In 2013, Lucas was cast as the lead role in the independent comedy-drama, The Mend. The directorial debut of John Magary premiered at South By Southwest in March 2014 with Lucas receiving a series of positive reviews for his portrayal of Mat, one of a pair of dysfunctional brothers who collide in a small Harlem apartment.[7][8][9][10]

Lucas is also an owner and promoter of the company Filthy Food[11] with friends Marc and Daniel Singer.[12][13]

Personal life[]

Lucas met freelance writer Jessica Ciencin Henriquez at a dog park in 2011. They became engaged six weeks later,[14] and married on March 17, 2012 in Central Park.[15] Their son, Noah Rev Maurer, was born on June 29, 2012.[16] In January 2014, Ciencin Henriquez filed for a divorce,[17] which became final in October 2014.[18]

Lucas at the DNC inDenver, Colorado, August 2008

A YouthAIDS Ambassador, Lucas "first joined the YouthAIDS team when he shot the ALDO HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in April, 2005. Soon after, he officially accepted his role as a YouthAIDS Ambassador at the YouthAIDS 2005 Gala, Faces of Africa. HIV/AIDS prevention is particularly important to him as his mother 'has made a career counseling young men and women with the hopes of educating them about the ravaging and often deadly effects of this too common and easily preventable disease.'"[19]

Lucas supported Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, volunteering to help potential voters register at colleges in Pennsylvania.[20]Lucas knocked on doors and phone banked, wearing an Obama shirt for 45 days.[20] He was also in Denver, Colorado for the 2008 Democratic National Convention with a group of actors called the Creative Coalition.[21][22]

Filmography[]

Film[]

Year Title Role Notes 1993 Alive Felipe
1993 Father Hood Andy
1996 Thinner Male Nurse Uncredited
1996 True Blue Dan Warren
1998 Restless Jeff Hollingsworth
2000 You Can Count on Me Rudy Kolinski, Sr.
2000 American Psycho Craig McDermott
2000 The Weight of Water Rich Janes
2001 The Deep End Darby Reese
2001 Session 9 Hank
2001 When Strangers Appear Peter
2001 A Beautiful Mind Martin Hansen
2002 Coastlines Eddie Vance
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Jake Perry
2003 Hulk Glenn Talbot
2003 Secondhand Lions Adult Walter
2003 Wonderland Ron Launius
2004 Undertow Deel Munn
2004 Around the Bend Jason Lair
2005 Stealth Lt. Ben Gannon
2005 An Unfinished Life Sheriff Crane Curtis
2006 Glory Road Don Haskins
2006 Poseidon Dylan Johns
2008 Death in Love Eldest Son
2008 Management Barry
2009 Tell-Tale Terry Bernard
2009 Stolen Matthew Wakefield
2009 Peacock Officer Tom McGonigle
2010 Shadows and Lies Boss
2010 Daydream Nation Mr. Anderson [23]
2010 Life as We Know It Sam
2011 Little Murder Ben Chaney
2011 Red Dog John / Johnny
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Ted Minton
2011 Hide Away The Young Mariner aka A Year in Mooring
2011 J. Edgar Charles Lindbergh
2012 Stolen Vincent
2013 Big Sur Neal Cassady [24]
2013 Wish You Well[25] Cotton Longfellow
2014 Little Accidents Bill Doyle
2014 The Mend Mat
2014 Boychoir Gerard
2015 Dear Eleanor Frank Morris
2016 Youth in Oregon Danny Engersol In post-production

Television[]

Year Title Role Notes 1990 True Colors Jonathan Episode: "Soft Shell"
1990 Life Goes On Dylan Episode: "La Dolce Becca"
1991 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Evan Episode: "Jerry's First Date"
1991 Jake and the Fatman Jeff Boyce Episode: "I'd Do Anything"
1991 Class of '61 George Armstrong Custer Movie
1994 In the Heat of the Night Todd Walker Episode: "A Matter of Justice"
1994–95 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Luke McGregor 15 episodes
1999 Cracker Lt. Macy 3 episodes
2005 Empire Falls Young Max Miniseries
2012 The Firm Mitch McDeere 22 episodes
2014 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Special Segment Actor Episode: "Infrastructure"
2014–present The Mysteries of Laura Jake Broderick 22 episodes

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Year Title Voice role 1994 Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger Major Jace "Flash" Dillon
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