Who is Ned Luke?
Ned Luke was born in Danville, Illinois USA, on 4 October 1958 – his zodiac sign is Libra, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor with 29 credits to his name, perhaps known best for his portrayal of Boorish Man, in the historical crime drama “Boardwalk Empire”. It was created by Terence Winter, starred Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Shannon, and follows the life of a politician from Atlantic City, during the Prohibition era. The series aired from 2010 to 2014, and won 84 awards, including 20 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 184 other awards.
Early life and education
Ned was raised alongside his four siblings in Danville, by their father Fred, and their mother Cindy (nee Smith); not a lot is known about Ned’s parents, as he respects their privacy. His grandfather was the late American actor Paul Birch.
Ned grew up being focused on his education, as his parents urged him to pursue a college degree. He studied at Danville High School, but was mostly interested in sports during his four years there. Upon matriculating in 1977, Ned enrolled at the University of Illinois, Champaign, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1981.
He worked several jobs for the following a couple of years, before launching his acting career in 1984. with his portrayal of Football Player in the biographical family movie “The Bear”.
Ned stopped acting after this debut performance, and returned to working various jobs; it was seven years later that he focused on acting, after his voicing of Raffles in the critically acclaimed animated family comedy movie “Rover Dangerfield”.
Roles in TV series
Ned made his debut TV series appearance in 1992, with his portrayal of Officer, in the episode “The Blonde in the Pond” of the crime drama “Angel Street”, and two years later he played Sheriff in two episodes of the long-running romantic drama “Guiding Light”.
The following years saw Ned make a guest appearance in an episode of various series, including the mystery crime dramas “NYPD Blue” and “Murder One”, and the action crime adventure “Renegade”.
He gained recognition in 1999, when he played Body Guard in the critically acclaimed romantic crime drama “General Hospital”, created by Doris and Frank Hursley, and which starred Maurice Benard, Laura Wright and Steve Burton. It follows the lives of people who have found themselves in the city Port Charles.
Ned then returned to guest starring, and could’ve been seen appearing in an episode of the comedy “City Guys”, the science fiction mystery drama “The Pretender”, and the crime action drama “JAG”.
Three of his most recent roles have been in the 2013 episode “Surrender Benson” of the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, the 2013 episode “All In” of the historical crime drama “Broadwalk Empire”, and the 2015 family comedy drama “Unfiltered”.
Although Ned hasn’t been active in the film industry for the last a couple of years, he hasn’t officially retired from acting.
Roles in movies
In 1996, Ned played Construction Worker, in the evergreen romantic science fiction comedy “The Nutty Professor”, directed by Tom Shadyac, and which starred Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith and James Coburn. It follows the overweight professor Sherman Klump, who’s taking a chemical which turns him into Buddy Love, a slim but annoying man. The movie won 11 awards including an Oscar, and was nominated for 12 other awards.
The following year saw Ned play Officer Al, in the crime drama “On the Line”, and in 1999, he starred as Sergeant Smith in the short drama “Citation of Merit”.
Most recently, in 2017 he portrayed the main character Bill, in the horror thriller “American Gothic”. The movie was written and directed by Stuart Connelly, also starred Rochelle Bostrom and Slate Holmgren, and follows a couple who are living in an isolated farmhouse, while their peace has now been disturbed by two fugitives. It won a 2016 Atlantic City Cinefest Festival Prize for Best Actor, Feature Horror.
In 2011, he wrote the short drama movie “Out”.
In 2013, Ned voiced Michael Townley aka De Santa, one of the three lead characters in the video game “Grand Theft Auto V” – the game has since become the second highest grossing in history.
In 2018, he contributed to the making of the critically acclaimed video game “Red Dead Redemption II”.
Ned has made a guest appearance in a number of talk-shows, including “The Playboy Morning Show” and “365Flicks Podcast”.
Awards and nominations
In 2014, Ned and his colleagues were nominated for a Behind the Voice Actors Video Game Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game, for “Grand Theft Auto V”.
Love life and relationships
Ned’s highly secretive when it comes to his love life, but it’s still known that he’s a married man. He exchanged vows with Amy Sax on 12 November 1997, in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members. Amy’s a yoga instructor, while acting is her hobby; she’s known for having starred in the 2000 short drama movie “Dionysus Lost”, the same year that she gave birth to their son Max ‘Bubba’ Luke.
He’s also somewhat popular, as he’s become a baseball player for his Georgia Highlands College team; he should be graduating in 2022.
Ned hasn’t spoken of any other women whom he might had dated before meeting Amy, so as of July 2021, he’s married to Amy Sax, and has a son.
Hobbies and interesting facts
He’s deaf in his right ear.
Ned likes to work out, and has two or three training sessions at the gym each week, and has passed-on some advice concerning working out and dieting to his fans.
Ned enjoys being active on Instagram, as he likes the attention he’s getting from his 500,000 followers. He’s uploaded over 700 pictures, many of which feature his son playing baseball.
He’s a dog-lover, and his pet dog Zeke can be seen featured in a couple of his Instagram pictures.
Late at night, Ned enjoys watching movies starring his favorite actor and actress, Leonardo DiCaprio and Natalie Portman, such as “Inception”, “Shutter Island” and “Catch Me If You Can”.
Death rumors and health update
Just recently, on 16 January 2021 Ned was taken to the Emory John’s Creek Hospital, after he tested positive on COVID. He was diagnosed with pneumonia, and his life was in danger. Ned stayed at the hospital for four days, when he was discharged after having completely recovered.
Age, height and net worth
Ned’s age is 62. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 178lbs (81kgs).
As of July 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.