Derek Luke Net Worth is $5 Million (as of 2020)
Derek Luke net worth is currently estimated at $5 million and this fortune seems all the more impressive if you consider the fact that just 15 years ago the guy was waiting tables at the at the 1999 Spirit Awards. He revealed this fact in the early 2000s, when at the same event he was already standing on the stage, receiving an Independent Spirit Award for the performance in Antwone Fisher. By the way, he has handed the accolade to his wife, who was standing beside him. But let’s look at his acting career from the beginning.
|Net Worth:||$5 Million|
|Age:||48 years old|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.778 m)|
|Date of birth:||Apr 24, 1974|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Derek Luke net worth started to grow in the late 1990s, as he landed his first role on television. During the first couple of years of his career this growth was really modest, as all the actor did was appearing in a couple of episodes of The King of Queens. It all changed in the early 2000s, as he was cast for the role in a movie. While speaking about this transition (from television to film industry) the actor has said: “A few years ago you couldn’t go from TV to film. It was like a ‘no no’ but I believe when you find a plan and purpose that God has for your life, there’s not anything man can do to you. Especially when your faith is not really standing in the wisdom of man, you’re really standing in the wisdom of God.”
The role on Antwone Fisher changed Derek’s status in Hollywood over a night. Not only this biographical drama film was positively evaluated by the author Antwone Fisher (who is quoted to say: “When I saw the film for the first time, I was overwhelmed by a mixture of feelings: fear, joy, pride and satisfaction – all of which still linger, and I am certain they will for the rest of my life”), it has also received positive reviews from critics and most of the praises were directed at Luke. For the portrayal of Antwone the actor won not only an Independent Spirit Award, but also variety of other prestigious accolades, such as BET Award for Best Actor, Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, National Board of Review Award for Best Male Breakthrough Performance and Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent. As he gained critical acclaim, Derek Luke net worth growth has intensified.
Needless to say, Luke was grateful for the director Denzel Washington who gave him an opportunity to do the main role in this film. Derek has also stated that Denzel’s ability to focus on real life has made him a better person. The other movies that have not only increased Derek Luke net worth, but also brought him further critical acclaim are Glory Road, Catch a Fire, Miracle at St. Anna and Madea Goes to Jail.