Josh Lucas
Birth Date:
June 20, 1971
Birth Place:
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
6' 1
Famous for:
His role as Jake in 'Sweet Home Alabama' (2002)
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Sweet Home Alabama


“I just feel like I really want to be someone who literally disappears in the role. I want to be so strong as an actor that people wouldn't say (for example) 'Oh, that's Ben Affleck.' To me, that's just boring. It doesn't interest me. My goal is to always have the ability at hand where I can be really good, as opposed to, eh, that's Josh Lucas.” Josh Lucas

Blond, blue eyed Josh Lucas has created a reputation for himself as a fine and prolific character actor. He is known for his roles in such films as “American Psycho” (2000), “The Weight of Water” (2000), “The Deep End” (2001), “A Beautiful Mind” (2001, received a Screen Actors Guild nomination), “Coastlines” (2002), “Sweet Home Alabama” (2002, won a Teen Choice Award), “Hulk”  (2003), “Secondhand Lions” (2003), “Wonderland”(2003), “Stealth” (2005), “An Unfinished Life” (2005), “Glory Road” (2006), “Poseidon” (2006), “Management” (2008), “Life as We Know It” (2010), “Red Dog” (2011, won an IF Award), “The Lincoln Lawyer” (2011) and “J. Edgar” (2011). One of Hollywood's most attractive talents, Lucas was handed a Vail Film Festival Award for Contribution to Film in 2011. He is set to play roles on the upcoming films “Big Sur” (2012) and “Stolen” (2012). On the small screen, Lucas, who had his first series regular gig on “Snowy River: The McGregor Saga,” recently returned to series television as the star of the NBC/Global series “The Firm” (2012-?), opposite Molly Parker, Callum Keith Rennie and Juliette Lewis.

Lucas began dating actress Salma Hayek in 2003, but they broke up in September 2004. The avid fan of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League then dated Canadian beauty Rachel McAdams in early 2009, but the two were no longer together. Married in March 2012, Lucas and his wife Jessica Ciencin Henriquez are expecting their first child, due in late 2012. His hobbies include playing cards, playing soccer, sailing, reading and watching Broadway plays. Lucas was named an  Ambassador of YouthAIDS in 2005.

Gypsy Life

Childhood and Family:

“I would lie in bed the night before a new school and decide who I was going to be. It would usually be based on someone I admired from the school before.” Josh Lucas (about moving so many times as a child)

Joshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer, who would later be popular as Josh Lucas, was born on June 20, 1971, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Don Maurer, an emergency room doctor, and Michelle, a nurse and midwife. He has three younger siblings, one brother and two sisters. His parents organized campaigns against nuclear power plants, and for the sake of their safety, the family had to move several times during his childhood. By age 13, Josh had lived in over thirty places in the South, including the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, before the family eventually settled outside Tacoma, Washington. He attended Kopachuck Middle School and graduate from Gig Harbor High School in Gig Harbor, Washington in 1989. While in high school, Josh cultivated his love for performing and won many statewide contests he participated in during his junior and senior year. He eschewed college in order to pursue a career in acting in California. Josh later took acting course with Michael Howard in New York City.

On March 17, 2012, Josh married Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, a freelance writer, in Central Park. The photos of the wedding ceremony were featured in “People Magazine.” The couple are expecting their first child due in late 2012.       

The Firm


First billed as Joshua Lucas, the Little Rock, Arkansas native made his first television appearance in an episode of Fox's “True Colors” called “Soft Shell” in 1990. More guest spots ensued, such as in ABC family's “Life Goes On” (1990), Fox's “Parker Lewis” (1991) and CBS's private eye show, “Jake and the Fatman” (1991), before he made his television movie debut in the USA Network horror/thriller “Child of Darkness, Child of Light” (1991), starring Anthony John Denison, Brad Davis and Paxton Whitehead. Two years later, the novice branched out to the big screen with a small but notable turn as Felipe Restano, one of the members of Uruguayan rugby team who are on a plane that crashes in the Andes, in “Alive” (1993), directed by Frank Marshall. The film starred Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano and Josh Hamilton.   

In 1993, Lucas received attention for his strong scene stealing portrayal of the young George Armstrong Custer in the ABC drama film “Class of ‘61,” which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Gregory Hoblit. After completing his second movie, the Patrick Swayze and Halle Berry starring vehicle “Father Hood” (1993), he moved to Australia to star in his first television series, “Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River” (released in the US as “Snowy River: The McGregor Saga”). Playing Luke McGregor, he decided to leave the show after only one season and then made his way back to the US.

Lucas marked his Hollywood comeback by working with George C. Scott on a TV movie from the”Heat of the Night” series. On the set, Scott advised him to take acting lessons and expand his talent for both screen and stage. Shortly thereafter, he left Hollywood and moved to New York City, where he  trained privately with various acting coaches.

In 1996, Lucas made his second attempt in the business with “True Blue,” a British sport film adapted from the book “True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny” by Daniel Topolski and Patrick Robinson. In the low budget movie, the actor starred as a champion Navy rower who was recruited along with three other Americans to help Oxford win its annual boat race with Cambridge. He followed it up with a starring role in the comedy “The Definite Maybe” (1997, with Bob Balaban and Jeffrey Buehl) and small roles in “Harvest” (1998, starred Arthur J. Nascarella, Stephen Earnhart and Evan Handler), “Restless” (1998), in which he played the ungallant lover of a young American woman in China,  and “Minotaur” (1999, starred Mili Avital, Dan Turgeman and Georges Corraface). In 1998, Lucas appeared off-Broadway as Judas in Terence McNally's controversial play, “Corpus Christi,” a retelling of the “Passion” play with a young gay man named Joshua filling in for “Jesus.” In the following year, he had a recurring role as Lt. Macy in the short lived American remake “Cracker: Mind Over Murder” (ABC, 1997-1998).

Lucas' career started to gain momentum in the early millennium, when he for the first time received five different projects within a year in 2000. He was cast as one of the Wall Street buddies of Patrick Bateman in the cult thriller movie “American Psycho,” which was an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's novel of the same name, and portrayed Laura Linney's  ne er-do-well former husband in the Kenneth Lonergan drama “You Can Count on Me.” In Kathryn Bigelow's film adaptation of Anita Shreve's novel, “The Weight of Water,” the actor was cast as the brother of Sean Penn, Rich Janes. Lucas also had a supporting role as a kindhearted sports editor in the Sundance-screened comedy “Drop Back Ten,” by Stacy Cochran, and worked with Mia Frye, Garland Whitt and Rodney Eastman for the Frédéric Garson directed drama “The Dancer.”   

Lucas continued his hectic schedule in the following year. He gave a bright turn as ill-fated club owner Darby Reese in the suspense thriller “The Deep End,” opposite Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic and Jonathan Tucker, and co-starred with Radha Mitchell, Barry Watson and Kevin Anderson in the psychological thriller movie “When Strangers Appear,” by Scott Reynolds, and played Hank in Brad Anderson’s thriller “Session 9,” opposite David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon and Paul Guilfoyle. Lucas portrayed the nemesis Martin Hansen in director Ron Howard's Academy Award winning “A Beautiful Mind,” starring Russell Crowe, along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany and Christopher Plummer. He jointly nabbed a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for his work in the film.

In 2002, Lucas was cast as the alienated husband of Reese Witherspoon in the popular romance/comedy film “Sweet Home Alabama,” directed by Andy Tennant. Against a budget of $38 million, the film grossed over $130 million in the domestic market and over $53.3 million internationally for a total of over $180 worldwide. Lucas and Witherspoon shared a Teen Choice for Choice Movie Liplock for their efforts. The same year, he also supported Timothy Olyphant, Josh Brolin and Sarah Wynter in Victor Nunez's “Coastlines” and co-starred with Jared Harris and Alexandra Holden in “Four Reasons,” a film directed and written by actress Radha Mitchell.   

Next up for Lucas, he appeared in such films as Ang Lee's “Hulk” (2003, as Talbot), Tim McCanlies's “Secondhand Lions” (2003, as Adult Walter), James Cox's “Wonderland” (2003, as Ron Launius), David Gordon Green's “Undertow” (2004, played the greedy, annoyed uncle), Jordan Roberts's “Around the Bend” (2004, with Michael Caine and Christopher Walken), “Empire Falls” (2005, TV), Rob Cohen's “Stealth” (2005, played fighter pilot Ben Gannon) and Lasse Hallström's “An Unfinished Life” (2005, as Crane Curtis). He was cast as legendary college basketball coach Don Haskins in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced sports film “Glory Road” (2006), which won the ESPY Award for Best Sports Movie, and played a professional gambler named Dylan in director Wolfgang Petersen's remake, “Poseidon” (2006).  

Lucas returned to the stage when he played Gentleman Caller in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' “The Glass Menagerie” at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City in March 2005. Co-star in the play was Jessica Lange. He went on to guest star in an off Broadway production of Spalding Gray's “Stories Left to Tell” at the Minetta Lane Theater in 2007 and appear with Noah Emmerich and Dominic Fumusa in the off Broadway premiere of “Fault Lines” at the Cherry Lane Theater in October 2008. The latter production was directed by David Schwimmer.   

After a two year absence, Lucas graced moviegoers with performances in the films “Death in Love,” where he was also an executive producer, and “Management” (both 2008). In the following year, he starred in the thriller “Tell Tale” (with Lena Headey and Brian Cox) and played Matthew Wakefield, the father of a boy murdered in 1958, in the mystery/thriller film “Stolen,” in which he also served as co-producer. He also produced and starred in the TV film “Possible Side Effects” (2009), which was written and directed by Tim Robbins. Lucas had a supporting role in “Life as We Know It” (2010), a comedy/drama film directed by Greg Berlanti and starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, played Officer Tom McGonigle in the direct to video psychological thriller “Peacock” (2010), co-starred with James Franco and Julianne Nicholson in the romantic drama “Shadows & Lies” (2010) and was cast alongside Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson in the Canadian film “Daydream Nation” (2020).  

In 2011, Lucas was cast as John Grant in the Australian family film “Red Dog,” which is based on a true story from the novel “Red Dog.” Directed Kriv Stenders, the film was nominated for nine categories at the 2011 Inside Film Awards and won seven, including Best Actor (Lucas), Best Direction  and Best Feature Film. The same year, he also starred with Terrence Howard and Lake Bell in director Predrag Antonijevic's thriller film, “Little Murder,” worked with Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy and Marisa Tomei in the thriller film adaptation of Michael Connelly's novel, “The Lincoln Lawyer,” directed by Brad Furman, and starred in Chris Eyre's drama, “Hide Away” (aka. “A Year in Mooring”). In the Clint Eastwood directed biographical drama “J. Edgar” (2011), starring Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, he portrayed Charles Lindbergh.

Recently, Lucas returned to series television as a regular on the Canadian/American legal drama “The Firm,” playing a Harvard-educated lawyer, Mitch McDeere. The show, which is a sequel to the 1991 John Grisham novel of the same name and its 1993 film adaptation, began airing in January 2012 on Global and NBC and in February 2012 on AXN.

Lucas will play Neal Cassady in the upcoming film “Big Sur” (2012), based on the autobiographical novel “Big Sur” by Beat Generation poet and novelist Jack Kerouac. The film was directed by the indie filmmaker Michael Polish. He is also set to appear with Nicolas Cage, Malin Akerman and Danny Huston in the action film “Stolen” (2012), for director Simon West.    


IF: Best Actor, “Red Dog,” 2011
Vail Film Festival: Contribution to Film, 2011
Teen Choice: Choice Movie Liplock, “Sweet Home Alabama,” 2002 Show Less
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