Lucas York Black (born November 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles in the CBS television series American Gothic (1995-1996) as well as roles in films such as Sling Blade (1996), Flash (1997), Crazy in Alabama (1999), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Friday Night Lights (2004), Jarhead (2005), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Get Low (2009), Legion (2010), and Seven Days in Utopia (2011). Since September 2014, he has played Special Agent Christopher LaSalle on CBS' NCIS: New Orleans.

Early life

Black was born in Decatur, Alabama,[1] to Jan Gillespie, an office worker, and Larry Black, a museum employee.[2] He has two older siblings and was raised a Southern Baptist.[3] He grew up in Speake, Alabama,[1] played football for the Speake Bobcats, and graduated from high school in May 2001.[4]


Black made his film debut in Kevin Costner's film The War (1994).[5] He subsequently was cast as Caleb Temple in CBS' television series American Gothic, which ran from 1995 to 1996, and in the films Sling Blade, Ghosts of Mississippi, and The X-Files.[6] Later Black starred as Conner Strong in the TV film Flash (1997), which aired on The Wonderful World of Disney; in the movie his character visits a horse every day in the hope of buying it.[7]

Black played a supporting role as Oakley in the historical drama Cold Mountain (2003).[8] In 2004 he starred as Vernon, an autistic piano prodigy, in the indie musical drama Killer Diller (2004),[9] and as Mike Winchell in the football-themed drama Friday Night Lights (2004), directed by Peter Berg.[10]

Black starred as Nat Banyon in the indie thriller film Deepwater (2005), directed by David S. Marfield;[11] as Chris Kruger in the Gulf War-themed drama film Jarhead (2005), directed by Sam Mendes;[12] and as Sean Boswell in the third The Fast and the Furious film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), directed by Justin Lin.[13] He described the latter film as the one in which he "had the most fun".[14]

Black starred as Buddy in the indie drama Get Low (2009), directed by Aaron Schneider;[15] as Jeep Hanson in the Bible-themed fantasy thriller Legion (2010);[16] and as Luke Chisholm, a talented young golfer set on making the pro tour, in the indie golfing film Seven Days in Utopia (2010).[17]

He portrayed the Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese in the drama film 42 (2013). Black, having done previous sports films and played sports early in his life, found the filming experience "a lot more enjoyable because you get to reminisce about the days when I used to play, and then you get the experience of being on a team again with the actors and have that camaraderie with the players".[18]

In 2014, Lucas was cast in NCIS: New Orleans as a NCIS Special Agent Lasalle, a no-nonsense agent with a "work hard, play hard" motto.[19]

In 2015, Black returned to play Sean Boswell in Furious 7 making a cameo, his participation was somewhat disappointing as fans of the saga waited for Black to have a more important role in the seventh installment.

In 2016, It was rumored that Lucas Black could have returned to play Sean Boswell in Fast & Furious 8 but finally did not appear in the eighth installment. In July 2016 Black had declared that in the Chris Mannix show he could not return to the franchise from the eighth installment due to his hard schedule with the NCIS: New Orleans.[20] Although Black declared that if he would like to return to the Fast and Furious franchise, that means that maybe Lucas Black will play Sean Boswell again in Fast & Furious 9 and Fast & Furious 10 although nothing is officially confirmed yet.

Personal life

Black married Maggie O'Brien, a lawyer, in 2010.[21][22] They have two children.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 The War Ebb Lipnicki
1996 Sling Blade Frank Wheatley
1996 Ghosts of Mississippi Burt DeLaughter
1997 Flash Connor
1998 The X-Files Stevie
1999 Our Friend, Martin Randy Voice role
1999 Crazy in Alabama Peter Joseph "Peejoe" Bullis
2000 All the Pretty Horses Jimmy Blevins
2003 Cold Mountain Oakley
2004 Killer Diller Vernon
2004 Friday Night Lights Mike Winchell
2005 Deepwater Nat Banyon
2005 Jarhead LCpl. Chris Kruger
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Sean Boswell Main
2009 Get Low Buddy Robinson
2010 Legion Jeep Hanson
2011 Seven Days in Utopia Luke Chisholm
2012 Promised Land Paul Geary
2013 42 Pee Wee Reese
2015 Furious 7 Sean Boswell Cameo
2020 Fast & Furious 9 Rumored
In Development


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 American Gothic Caleb Temple 22 episodes
2000 The Miracle Worker James Keller Movie
2010 Tough Trade Tucker Unsold Epix pilot
2014, 2016 NCIS [23] Special Agent Christopher Lasalle 2 pilot episodes: "Crescent City"
Crossover: "Sister City" (Part 1)
2014–present NCIS: New Orleans [24] Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1996 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast Sling Blade Nominated
1997 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Performance by a Younger Actor[citation needed] Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Won
YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama Film Won
Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama TV Series American Gothic Nominated
1998 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series – Leading Young Actor Flash Nominated
2000 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Crazy in Alabama Nominated
YoungStar Awards Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama Nominated
2001 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor All the Pretty Horses Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Talking turkey". The Decatur Daily. May 11, 2003. Archived from the original on May 20, 2006. Retrieved June 18, 2006. 
  2. ^ Berman, Nat (November 25, 2016). "Lucas Black: 10 Things You Didn't Know". TVOvermind. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Lucas Black on Golf, God, and 'Utopia'". Christianity Today. September 1, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lucas Black Biography and Filmography 1982". Hollywood.com. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The War Full Cast and Credits 1994". Hollywood.com. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lucas Black Filmography and Movies". Fandango. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Flash TV Series 1997". Hollywood.com. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Eileen Atkins, Lucas Black join Cold Mountain". www.screendaily.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  9. ^ Leydon, Joe (2004-03-24). "Review: 'Killer Diller'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  10. ^ McCarthy, Todd (2004-09-26). "Review: 'Friday Night Lights'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  11. ^ Eisner, Ken (2005-06-30). "Review: 'Deepwater'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  12. ^ McCarthy, Todd (2005-10-28). "Review: 'Jarhead'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  13. ^ "Lucas Black gets 'Furious'". Variety. September 28, 2005. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ Jacobs, Evan (September 21, 2006). "EXCLUSIVE: Lucas Black Talks The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift". MovieWeb. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  15. ^ Leydon, Joe (September 14, 2009). "Review: 'Get Low'". Variety. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ Leydon, Joe (January 22, 2010). "Review: 'Legion'". Variety. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (July 28, 2010). "Pair bound for 'Utopia'". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ Carlton, Bob (April 14, 2013). "Alabama's Lucas Black gets back in uniform to play Pee Wee Reese in the Jackie Robinson movie '42'". AL.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ O'Connell, Michael (February 10, 2014). "'Fast & Furious' Actor Joins 'NCIS' New Orleans Spinoff". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  20. ^ https://audioboom.com/posts/4846469-the-chris-mannix-show-lucas-black
  21. ^ a b Crouse, Karen (February 8, 2012). "Some Celebrities Play for Real, Not Laughs". The New York Times. 
  22. ^ Gillespie, Loretta. "Actor Lucas Black's mother proud of son's accomplishments". The Cullman Times. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2014). "Lucas Black Joins CBS' 'NCIS' Spinoff". Deadline. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  24. ^ Kubicek, John (May 9, 2014). "CBS Orders 'NCIS' and 'CSI' Spin-Offs and More for 2014-2015 Season". BuddyTV. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 

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