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Lucas Elliot Eberl (born March 29, 1986) is an American actor and director best known for his role as Birn in the 2001 film Planet of the Apes and for his film Choose Connor. In 2008, Eberl was described by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the "10 Young Americans to Watch".

Lucas Elliot Eberl
Lucas Elliot Eberl

(1986-03-29) March 29, 1986 (age 33)
OccupationActor, writer, director
Years active1998–present


Directing careerEdit

Eberl began his filmmaking career in 1997 after his first film acting job at the age of 10, making documentaries for the local TV station winning a variety of awards. He then wrote and directed Incest which won the Audience Choice Award at the international First Look Student Film Festival, and stars Erick Avari, Hallee Hirsh, and John Partick Amedori. Eberl subsequently directed several short films which played at film festivals all over the world.

In 2008 his directorial feature film debut, the political drama Choose Connor, starring Steven Weber, Alex Linz, Escher Holloway, John Rubinstein, April Grace, and Richard Riehle, toured to film festivals worldwide including CineVegas, Woodstock Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, Method Fest, Newport Beach Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, NewFilmmakers NY and LA, as well as the Philadelphia International Film Festival, where Choose Connor won the Jury Prize for Best American Independent. It was then released theatrically and on DVD by Strand Releasing to rave reviews from major publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Variety.

His next feature film, Fault Line premiered at NewFilmmakers LA starring Kris Lemche, Caitlyn Folley, Dov Tiefenbach, Chris Marquette, John Robinson, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jon Foster, and Erick Avari screening also at the International Film Series. In 2011, Eberl directed the "Together Again" music video for the band Shiny Toy Guns.

Eberl was named by MovieMaker Magazine one of the "10 Young Americans to Watch".

Eberl is now co-directing with Edgar Morais the feature film You Above All, starring Edgar Morais, Olivia Thirlby, Steven Weber, Richard Riehle, Kris Lemche and Pia Mechler.

Eberl is in production on Untitled Europe Project, set to be released in late 2019.

Acting careerEdit

His film acting credits include a lead role in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, with Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter; Phantoms, with Ben Affleck and Peter O'Toole; and Lost In the Pershing Point Hotel, with John Ritter; A Painted House based on John Grisham's novel, with Scott Glenn, Robert Sean Leonard, and Melinda Dillon, directed by Alfonso Arau; and in Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima with Ken Watanabe; and most recently Ashley with Michael Madsen. He won the award for Best Actor in a Short Film at the prestigious Method Fest for his performance in Aaron Himelstein's Sugar Mountain. Luke has also had guest starring roles on many television series including Cold Case, Judging Amy, Boston Public, Touched by an Angel, ER, and Big Love.

Work in Canadian arcticEdit

Eberl visited Canada's arctic where he worked with schoolchildren in the town of Inuvik, Northwest Territories. On occasion he taught a video production class at Samuel Hearne Secondary School and even coached two students to the Territorial Skills Competition held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He added to the popularity of filmmaking in the north and encouraged the youth to continue to produce short films.

Acting filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Other notes
1998 Phantoms Tunnel Boy
2000 Lost In the Pershing Point Hotel Young Storyteller
2001 Planet of the Apes Birn
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima Sam as Lucas Elliott
2009 Surprise, Surprise David Brand as Lucas Elliott
Numbers James
Adam Adam
Eyeborgs Jarett Hewes
2010 Here & Now Young David
2011 Getting That Girl Ferrat Barret
2012 Ashley Randall

Directing filmographyEdit

Year Title Other notes
2002 Incest
2005 Fellowship
2007 Choose Connor Winner of the American Independents Award at Philadelphia Film Festival
Everything You Don't Know I Don't Know
2009 Fault Line
2011 11:30 PM
2019 You Above All Filming

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