Luke Grimes Biography

(Best Known for His Roles in the Film ‘American Sniper’ and TV Series ‘Yellowstone’)

Birthday: January 21, 1984 (Aquarius)

Born In: Dayton, Ohio, United States

Luke Timothy Grimes is an American actor who has garnered fame for portraying Marc Lee in the biographical war drama ‘American Sniper’ and Elliot Grey in the ‘Fifty Shades’ film series. He has also played Ryan Lafferty in the ABC drama series ‘Brothers & Sisters’ and James in the HBO supernatural horror drama show ‘True Blood’. A native of Ohio, Grimes has always harboured an interest in acting. After obtaining a high school diploma from Dayton Christian High School, he enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from where he received a degree in acting. In 2006, he made his screen debut in the horror film ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’. He played the lead role in his next film, the sports drama ‘War Eagle, Arkansas’. He then played supporting roles in two vastly different films before appearing on TV for the first time in ‘Brothers & Sisters’. In 2008, Grimes co-won the Best of the Fest accolade at the Breckenridge Festival of Film for ‘War Eagle, Arkansas’, with his co-star, Dan McCabe.
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Girlfriend: Gillian Amalia Zinser

Also Known As: Luke Timothy Grimes

Age: 40 Years, 40 Year Old Males


father: Randy Grimes

mother: Angie Barker

Born Country: United States

Actors American Men

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

U.S. State: Ohio

City: Dayton, Ohio

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education: American Academy Of Dramatic Arts

Luke Grimes started his career as a professional actor in 2006 when he appeared in Jonathan Levine’s horror film ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’. Starring alongside the likes of Amber Heard, Anson Mount, and Whitney Able, Grimes portrayed a hot-headed and overly-sexual teenager named Jake. The film received mixed reviews from the critics and was a moderate box-office success.
In his next film, the 2007 drama ‘War Eagle, Arkansas’, he was cast as Enoch, a high school senior with a speech impediment. A gifted baseball player, he wants to attend a college in Tennessee on a baseball scholarship. He is an intellectual and has an interest in poetry. Things get complicated after he develops an attraction towards Abby, a popular girl at his school. Based on real-life events, the film garnered positive reviews from the critics and brought both Grimes and his co-star Dan McCabe the Best of the Fest accolade at the Breckenridge Festival of Film in 2008.
He shared screen space with Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton, and Bruce Willis in the 2008 crime comedy mystery film ‘Assassination of a High School President’. Two years later, he played Harvey West opposite Ellen Barkin’s Colleen West in Cam Archer’s 2010 experimental drama film ‘Shit Year’. Predominantly shot in Los Angeles, California, the movie was shown at the Directors' Fortnight event of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. That year, he also worked in the FX telefilm pilot ‘Outlaw Country’. While the show did not get picked up, the telefilm was shown on FX in 2012.
Between 2009 and 2010, Grimes portrayed Ryan Lafferty in 35 episodes of the ABC family drama series ‘Brothers & Sisters’. His character is introduced in season three as the illegitimate son of William Walker, patriarch of the Walker family, around whom the show revolves.
He appeared in the second instalment in the ‘Taken’ franchise, ‘Taken 2’, in 2012. In 2014, he essayed the role of the slain US Navy Seal Marc Lee in producer/director Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’. Based on the life and autobiography of US Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle, the film was a critical and commercial success and received several accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. Grimes played Elliot Grey, the older adoptive brother of Christian Grey, in all three films of the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (2015), ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ (2017), and ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ (2018).
Grimes was cast along with Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Ellen Page, and Michael Shannon in the 2015 drama film ‘Freeheld’. Inspired by true events and directed by Peter Sollett, the film is about Laurel Hester (Moore), a since-deceased police lieutenant in Ocean County, New Jersey, who gained national attention for requesting on her deathbed for the extension of her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Page). Grimes portrayed Todd Belkin, a closeted gay colleague of Hester. In 2016, he played Teddy Q in the western action-adventure film ‘The Magnificent Seven’. He starred as the male lead Nick Brenner in writer/director Aaron Harvey’s crime drama mystery film ‘Into the Ashes’ (2019).
Grimes is currently part of the main cast of Paramount Network’s neo-western drama series ‘Yellowstone’ (2018-present), which also stars Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, and Wes Bentley.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on January 21, 1984, in Dayton, Ohio, USA, Luke Grimes is the youngest of four children of Angie (née Barker) and the Rev. Randy Grimes. Their family is very religious, with Grimes’ father being a Pentecostal pastor at Open Bible Christian Church. Despite this, he has stated that he is “not a fan of organised religion”. He was a student at Dayton Christian High School, from where he graduated in 2002. He then relocated to New York City to join the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for an acting degree.
Luke Grimes has been reportedly in a relationship with actress Gillian Amalia Zinser since November 2011. She is best known for her role as Ivy Sullivan on The CW teen drama series ‘90210’ (2009-12).

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