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Lucas Black

Lucas Black
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Black at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival
Lucas York Black

(1982-11-29) November 29, 1982 (age 37)
Years active1994-present
Maggie O'Brien (m. 2010)

Lucas York Black (born November 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor. He is best 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). Beginning in 2014, he portrayed Special Agent Christopher LaSalle on CBS's NCIS: New Orleans until early in the sixth season.

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.[5] He subsequently was cast as Caleb Temple in CBS's 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.[20] Despite reports, Sean did not feature in the eighth installment, The Fate of the Furious. In July 2016, Black declared on The Chris Mannix Show that he could not return due to his hard schedule with NCIS: New Orleans.[21]

In November 2019, Lucas Black left the series NCIS: New Orleans, to devote more time to his family. However, various media sources speculate that Black left the role to focus on a possible return to the Fast & Furious franchise with Fast & Furious 9. He said that he signed a contract with Universal Pictures to appear in the upcoming movies of the franchise.[22]

In 2020, Black returns to the Fast & Furious franchise with F9, playing his respective character of Sean Boswell.

Personal life

Black married Maggie O'Brien, a lawyer, in 2010.[23][24] They have three children.[23] After he left NCIS New Orleans he started to upload fishing videos on YouTube[25]



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
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
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 F9 Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1995-1996 American Gothic Caleb Temple 22 episodes
1997 Chicago Hope Noah Fielding Episode: "The Son Also Rises"
2000 The Miracle Worker James Keller Television film
2010-12 CSI: Miami Rick Calucci
2014, 2016 NCIS [26] Special Agent Christopher Lasalle Pilot episodes: "Crescent City"
Crossover: "Sister City Part 1"
2014-19 NCIS: New Orleans[27] Special Agent Christopher Lasalle Series regular (seasons 1-6)[28]

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ a b "Talking turkey". The Decatur Daily. May 11, 2003. Archived from the original on May 20, 2006. Retrieved 2006.
  2. ^ Berman, Nat (November 25, 2016). "Lucas Black: 10 Things You Didn't Know". TVOvermind. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Lucas Black on Golf, God, and 'Utopia'". Christianity Today. September 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Lucas Black | Biography and Filmography | 1982". Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "The War | Full Cast and Credits | 1994". Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Lucas Black Filmography and Movies". Fandango. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Flash | TV Series | 1997". Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Eileen Atkins, Lucas Black join Cold Mountain". Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Leydon, Joe (March 24, 2004). "Review: 'Killer Diller'". Variety. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ McCarthy, Todd (September 26, 2004). "Review: 'Friday Night Lights'". Variety. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Eisner, Ken (June 30, 2005). "Review: 'Deepwater'". Variety. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ McCarthy, Todd (October 28, 2005). "Review: 'Jarhead'". Variety. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "Lucas Black gets 'Furious'". Variety. September 28, 2005. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ Jacobs, Evan (September 21, 2006). "EXCLUSIVE: Lucas Black Talks The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift". MovieWeb. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ Leydon, Joe (September 14, 2009). "Review: 'Get Low'". Variety. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ Leydon, Joe (January 22, 2010). "Review: 'Legion'". Variety. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (July 28, 2010). "Pair bound for 'Utopia'". Variety. Retrieved 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'". Retrieved 2013.
  19. ^ O'Connell, Michael (February 10, 2014). "'Fast & Furious' Actor Joins 'NCIS' New Orleans Spinoff". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. (September 16, 2013). "Lucas Black Is Back Behind The Wheel For 'Fast & Furious 7' And Beyond". Deadline Hollywood.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^
  23. ^ a b Crouse, Karen (February 8, 2012). "Some Celebrities Play for Real, Not Laughs". The New York Times.
  24. ^ Gillespie, Loretta. "Actor Lucas Black's mother proud of son's accomplishments". The Cullman Times. Retrieved 2017.
  25. ^ "Real Life Lucas Black". YouTube. Retrieved 2020.
  26. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2014). "Lucas Black Joins CBS' 'NCIS' Spinoff". Deadline. Retrieved 2014.
  27. ^ Kubicek, John (May 9, 2014). "CBS Orders 'NCIS' and 'CSI' Spin-Offs and More for 2014-2015 Season". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2014.
  28. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (November 6, 2019). "NCIS: New Orleans Original Cast Member Exits in Season 6: 'The Show Has Been So Good to Me...'". TVLine.

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