Ned Luke (born October 4, 1958) is an American actor. He is known for playing Michael De Santa in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V.[1] Luke also voiced Raffles in the animated movie Rover Dangerfield. He has appeared in 29 movies and television shows as well as over 100 commercials.

Ned Luke
Born (1958-10-04) October 4, 1958 (age 63)
Other namesNed von Leuck
OccupationActor
Years active1984–present
Children1
RelativesPaul Birch (grandfather)

Early lifeEdit

Ned Luke was born on October 4, 1958[2][3] in Danville, Illinois, to Cindy (née Smith) and Fred Luke.[citation needed] His maternal grandfather was actor Paul Birch.[4]

He graduated from Danville High School in 1977 where he was a bi-sport athlete and honor student. He later attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. He has four siblings.

CareerEdit

Luke's first major voice role was in Rover Dangerfield, where he played a sheepdog named Raffles opposite Rodney Dangerfield. He was cast as a guest star in several TV shows throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and has appeared in about 100 television commercials featuring products such as Budweiser and Burger King.

In 2007, having grown disenchanted with show business and desiring that his son experience where he grew up, Luke decided to take a break from acting and moved his family from Los Angeles to his hometown of Danville, where he opened a restaurant with his brother. After two years, he decided to return to acting and he and his family moved to New York City. His agent suggested he audition for the role of Michael De Santa, one of the three protagonists of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V. Luke initially scoffed at the idea of being in a video game, but after reading the script he decided to proceed with the audition.[5] Luke was eventually cast as one of the game's three playable protagonists, Michael De Santa. Grand Theft Auto V went on to set several sales records and has become the 2nd highest grossing video game in history.[6]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Bear Football Player
1991 Rover Dangerfield Raffles Voice only, supporting role
1996 The Nutty Professor Construction Worker Uncredited
1997 On the Line Officer Al (TV Movie)
1999 Citation of Merit Sergeant Smith Short film
2017 American Gothic Bill

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Angel Street Officer Episode: "The Blonde in the Pond"
1994 Guiding Light Sheriff 2 episodes
1995 NYPD Blue Lawyer Episode: "Cold Heaters"
1996 Murder One Conspiracy Guy Episode: "Chapter Eleven"
1996 Renegade Andy Warwick Episode: "The Milk Carton Kid"
1997 The Burning Zone 2nd Officer Episode: "Critical Mass"
1997 High Incident Gary Butterworth Episode: "Remote Control"
1999 General Hospital Body Guard 2 episodes
1999 City Guys Lonnie Collins Episode: "Miracle on 134th Street and Lexington Avenue"
2000 The Pretender David Arnold Episode: "Junk"
2000 JAG Senior Chief Petty Officer Bracken Episode: "Drop Zone"
2000 The Huntress Detective Ellard Episode: "The Kid"
2000 Diagnosis Murder Timmons Episode: "The Patient Detective"
2002
2003
2013
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mr. Wilmont
Roger Swanson
Mr. Thurber
Season 3: "Popular"
Season 4: "Mercy"
Season 15: "Surrender Benson"
2004 Third Watch Ron Connelly Episode: "Greatest Detectives in the World"
2005 As the World Turns Detective Langstorm 2 episodes
2005 Jonny Zero Officer Muncie Episode: "To Serve and to Protect"
2002–2005 All My Children Fire Chief / Private Investigator 3 episodes
2005 Law & Order Ken Cosgrove Episode: "New York Minute"
2009 Katana Executive Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Boardwalk Empire Boorish Man Episode: "All In"
2015 Unfiltered Randolph Wiley Lead role, unreleased

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Michael De Santa Also motion capture
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 Various strangers Voice unreleased, motion capture

AccoladesEdit

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Grand Theft Auto V Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Preview: 'GTA V' actor Ned Luke talks". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Luke, Ned [@ned_luke] (October 18, 2013). "55 is the new 35 bitches" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 2, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2021 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Luke, Ned [@ned_luke] (October 5, 2020). "Thanks all y'all for the birthday wishes. Much appreciated" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 2, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2021 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Ned Luke: Trivia". IMDb.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Interview: Crime pays for 'Grand Theft Auto V' actors". Usatoday.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Chalk, Andy (November 7, 2017). "Grand Theft Auto 5 is the best-selling videogame of all time in the US". PC Gamer.

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