Lukas Haas
Birth Date:
April 16, 1976
Birth Place:
West Hollywood, California, USA
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Famous for:
His role as Samuel Lapp in 'Witness' (1985)
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American actor Lukas Haas, sometimes credited as Lucas D. Haas, burst to fame playing an eight year old murder witness on Peter Weir's “Witness” (1985), opposite Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The impressive performance brought him a Young Artist nomination. Making his big screen debut in “Testament” (1983), Haas continued to deliver convincing performances in such movies as “Lady in White” (1988, won a Young Artist Award), “Music Box” (1989) and “Rambling Rose” (1991) and appeared in the TV films “A Place at the Table” (1988, earned a Young Artist Award) and “The Perfect Tribute” (1991). As an adult, Haas received roles in “Mars Attacks,” (1996), “David and Lisa” (1998, TV), “Breakfast of Champions” (1999), “The Pearl” (2001), “Lathe of Heaven” (2002, TV), “Brick” (2005), “Last Days” (2005), “The Darwin Awards” (2006), “Alpha Dog” (2006), “Material Girls” (2006), “Gardener of Eden” (2007), “Death in Love” (2008), “While She Was Out” (2008), “The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll” (2009) and “Inception” (2010), among other films. He also played recurring roles in the television series “24” (2005), “Criminal Minds” (2005), “Dirt” (2007) and “Entourage” (2008) and starred as the voice of Marcus Rover in “Heavy Gear: The Animated Series” (2001).

On March 11, 2010, Haas was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame and received a President Award for Star on the Horizon at the 1999 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. Haas is also a musician and plays drums and piano for a band named The Rogues.

Hass is a good friend of Leonardo DiCaprio. He dated actress Natalie Portman (born on June 9, 1981) in 2001. They first met in 1996 when they acted together in “Everyone Says I Love You.”


Childhood and Family:

Lukas Daniel Haas was born on April 16, 1976, in West Hollywood, California, to Berthold Haas, a painter, and Emily Tracy, a singer and screenwriter. He has two brothers, twins Simon Jakoway Haas and Nikolai Johannes Haas (born in September 1984). They are both musicians and artists. Lukas’ nickname is Freddy.

On a suggestion by his kindergarten principal, Lukas' parents guided their son toward a film career. Lukas received his first film role before his 10th birthday.



Lukas Haas made his feature acting debut playing Jane Alexander's youngest child, Scottie Wetherly, on “Testament” (1983), a film adaptation of “The Last Testament” by Carol Amen. He soon branched out to television by having guest roles in “Jessie” and “Trapper John, M.D.” and made his TV film acting debut as John Ritter's son, Bobby Leob, on the ABC comedy “Love Thy Neighbor” (all 1984).

Haas' breakout screen role arrived in 1985 when he won the role of Samuel Lapp, a young Amish boy who witnesses a brutal murder, in director Peter Weir's critically acclaimed thriller “Witness,” opposite Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The film won 2 Oscars and was nominated for several Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. For his good acting in the film, Haas received a 1986 Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Starring Performance by a Young Actor - Motion Picture.

Following his success with “Witness,” Haas portrayed a deaf boy named Daniel in Alan Johnson's “Solarbabies” (1986, opposite Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz and Jason Patric) and scored a lead role in the forgettable horror film “Lady in White” (1988), where he won a Young Artist for Best Young Actor in a Horror or Mystery Motion Picture. He then costarred as Wendall in the adaptation of John Nichols' novel “The Wizard of Loneliness” (1988), was cast as the son of Alice Krige in Alan J. Pakula’s “See You in the Morning” (1989) and supported Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Frederic Forrest in the drama “Music Box” (1989), in which he was nominated for a 1990 Young Artist for Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for playing Lange's son, Mikey Talbot.

Meanwhile, Hass also acted in several television projects. He had a small role in the TV film “Brothers-in-Law” (1985), starred as Brian Globe in the Steven Spielberg directed “Ghost Train” (1985), the premiere episode of the fantasy anthology series “Amazing Stories” and worked with Martin Sheen in the ABC film “Shattered Spirits” (1986). He then guest starred in “The Twilight Zone” (1986), played Mike Sanders on the “CBS Schoolbreak Special” episode “My Dissident Mom” (1987) and starred as Charlie Williams in the NBC special “A Place at the Table” (1988), for which he netted a Young Artist for Best Young Actor in a Special, Pilot, Movie of the Week or Mini-Series. He next starred in the ABC fact based drama “The Ryan White Story” (1989), which was about a 13 year old hemophiliac stricken with AIDS, and made his stage debut in director Mike Nichols' production of “Waiting for Godot” at the Lincoln Center in New York City in 1988. Costars of the play included Robin Williams and Steve Martin.

After starring in the short film “Peacemaker” (1990) by director Jonathan Sanger, Haas again attracted attention with his portrayal of Benjamin Blair on the ABC TV film “The Perfect Tribute” (1991), which starred Jason Robards as President Abraham Lincoln, and was handed a 1992 Young Artist for Best Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie. Still in 1991, he also appeared with Laura Dern, Robert Duvall and Diane Ladd in “Rambling Rose,” a drama directed by Martha Coolidge, and was reunited with Duvall for the based on play “Convicts,” by director Peter Masterson. He earned a Young Artist nomination for Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture for his performance (as Buddy) on “Rambling Rose.” Haas then appeared in the films “Alan & Naomi” (1992, starred as Alan Silverman) and Richard Pierce's “Leap of Faith” (1992, starred Steve Martin and Debra Winger), the TV film “Warrior Spirit” (1994) and in episodes of “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” (1993) and “Aventures dans le Grand Nord” (1995). Haas returned to the big screen with roles in Stacy Cochran's “Boys” (with Winona Ryder), Jordan Alan's “Kiss &Tell,” Woody Allen's “Everyone Says I Love You” (starred Edward Norton and Drew Barrymore), Scott Silver's “Johns” (starred David Arquette) and Tim Burton's “Mars Attacks” (all 1996). He received a Saturn nomination for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for his performance in the last film.

Following a short break, Haas resurfaced in 1998 with a supporting role in the drama “In Quiet Night.” Later that same year, he portrayed David in the television film remake “David and Lisa” (ABC), opposite Brittany Murphy as Lisa. He next portrayed George 'Bunny' Hoover in Alan Rudolph's “Breakfast of Champions” (1999), where he also contributed to the film's soundtrack, and narrated the adventure film “Running Free” (1999), by director Sergey Bodrov.

In 2001, Haas starred as Kino in Alfredo Zacarias' “The Pearl,” based on the novella of the same name by John Steinbeck, appeared in the Ben Stiller comedy “Zoolander” and guest starred in “Son of the Beach.” The same year, his voice could be heard as Marcus Rover on the animated TV series “Heavy Gear: The Animated Series” (10 episodes, 2001). Next, he teamed up with Joe Absolom and Tom Bell in the American/British horror film “Long Time Dead” (2002, as Webster), starred with James Caan and Lisa Bonet in Philip Haas' television movie adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's novel, “Lathe of Heaven” (2002), worked with Nick Stahl, Johnny Galecki and Rachael Leigh Cook in the comedy “Bookies” (2003) for director Mark Illsley, and portrayed Jesse in Todd Smith's short “Young Americans” (2004). He also appeared in episodes of “The Zeta Project,” “The Twilight Zone” (both 2002) and “Justice League” (2003).

2005 saw Haas portray Luke in Gus Van Sant's “Last Days,” a loose adaptation of the life and career of deceased musician Kurt Cobain. The film won the Technical Grand Prize at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. The same year, he also played drug baron The Pin in “Brick,” a film written and directed by Rian Johnson, costarred with Barry Shurchin and Veronica Cartwright in Barry Shurchin's “Barry Dingle” and starred in the short films “Characters” and “The Youth in Us.” On the small screen, Haas contributed to the animated TV film “Dirt Squirrel” and played the recurring roles of Andrew Paige on the Kiefer Sutherland hit drama “24” (3 episodes) and Clerk (The Footpath Killer) in the CBS police procedural drama “Criminal Minds” (2 episodes).

Haas was next cast as Farley, opposite David Arquette, Ty Burrell, Nora Dunn, Joseph Fiennes and Judah Friedlander in the Finn Taylor adventure “The Darwin Awards” (2006), received the famed supporting role of Buzz Fecske in Nick Cassavetes' indie thriller “Alpha Dog” (2006, received a wide release in 2007) and played Henry Baines in Martha Coolidge's “Material Girls” (2006), which starred Hilary and Haylie Duff. He also appeared in the short “Swedish Auto,” David Arquette's directorial debut “The Tripper,” and Matt Bissonnette's “Who Loves the Sun,” where he starred as jilted former husband Will Morrison (also 2006). The following year, Haas starred as college dropout Adam in the Kevin Connolly film “Gardener of Eden” (2007), opposite Erika Christensen, Giovanni Ribisi and Jerry Ferrara, and played Frank in the horror movie “The Cradle” (2007). He also appeared in two episodes of the series “Dirt” (2007, as Marqui Jackson).

Haas next played the youngest son in Boaz Yakin's thriller “Death in Love” (2008), which also starred Jacqueline Bisset, Adam Brody and Josh Lucas, had an unaccredited part in Rian Johnson's “The Brothers Bloom” (2008), which starred Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo, and starred with Kim Basinger in the thriller “While She Was Out” (2008), which was scripted and helmed by Susan Montford. He then appeared in two episodes of “Entourage” (also 2008). In 2009, he portrayed Clifton Hangar in Scott D. Rosenbaum's “The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll.”

Recently, in 2010, Haas costarred with Leonardo DiCaprio in writer/director Christopher Nolan's thriller “Inception” and appeared in the short film “Bastard,” which was co-written and directed by actress Kirsten Dunst. He will play Zach in Adam Sherman's “Crazy Eyes” (2010, with Madeline Zima and Jake Busey) and Walker in Eric Amadio's “Walks” (2010). It is also rumored he will portray a role in the thriller “Night at the Carriage House” (2010) for director Steven James Creazzo.


  • Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival: President Award, Star on the Horizon, 1999

  • Young Artist: Best Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie, “The Perfect Tribute,” 1992

  • Young Artist: Best Young Actor in a Horror or Mystery Motion Picture, “Lady in White,” 1989

  • Young Artist: Best Young Actor in a Special, Pilot, Movie of the Week or Mini-Series, “A Place at the Table,” 1989

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