Lucas Haas
Birth Date:
April 16, 1976
Birth Place:
West Hollywood, California, USA
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 8 year old murder witness on Peter Weir's “Witness” (1985), opposite an ascendant Harrison Ford. The impressive performance brought the then relatively newcomer his first Young Artist nomination. Making his big screen debut in “Testament” (1983), young Haas continued to deliver convincing performances during the 1980s and early 1990s in such movies as “Lady in White” (1988, won a Young Artist Award), “Music Box” (1989), “Rambling Rose” (1991) and in the TV films “A Place at the Table” (1988, earned a Young Artist Award) and “The Perfect Tribute” (1991). Haas has remained a prolific career as an adult with 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 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 during the occasion of their 10th anniversary awards ceremony. He picked up President Award for Star on the Horizon at the 1999 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Haas is also a musician. He plays drums and piano for a band named The Rogues.

Hass is the good friends of Leonardo DiCaprio. He dated the Jerusalem, Israel born actress Natalie Portman (born on June 9, 1981) in July 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/artists. Lukas, whose nickname is Freddy, was discovered that he has a talent on acting when he was still in kindergarten. On a suggestion of his kindergarten principal, Lukas' parents guided their son to give film career a try. Their efforts proved successful when Lukas got his first film before his 10th birthday.

As a young, Lukas developed a love for ice skating (hockey) and appeared occasionally at the ice rink at Northcross Mall in Austin during 1986-1988.

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Lukas Haas told his parents about his intention to become an actor when he was only 6 years old. Within a year, the gifted youth had made his feature 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 making his TV film acting debut as John Ritter's son, Bobby Leob, on the ABC comedy “Love Thy Neighbor,” about extramarital affair (all 1984).

Haas' breakout screen role arrived in 1985 when he won the role of Samuel Lapp, an Amish boy who becomes the lone witness to a brutal murder of an undercover police officer, on director Peter Weir's critically acclaimed thriller movie “Witness,” opposite Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The film won 2 Oscars out of eight nominations and was nominated for several Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards as well, among other recognitions. For his fine acting on 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 young deaf boy named Daniel on Alan Johnson's “Solarbabies” (1986, opposite Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz and Jason Patric), scored his first leading role in a film in the forgettable horror “Lady in White” (1988), where he won a Young Artist for Best Young Actor in a Horror or Mystery Motion Picture and a Saturn nomination in the category of Best Performance by a Younger Actor for his portrayal of Franklin J. “Frankie” Scarlatti, costarred as Wendall in the adaptation of John Nichols' novel, “The Wizard of Loneliness” (1988), was cast as the younger son of Alice Krige on the Alan J. Pakula comedy/romance “See You in the Morning” (1989) and supported Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Frederic Forrest on 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 made for 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,” worked with Martin Sheen in the ABC film “Shattered Spirits” (1986), 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 had the title role on the ABC fact based drama “The Ryan White Story” (1989), about a 13 year old haemophiliac striken with AIDS.

Hass made his stage debut in director Mike Nichols' production of “Waiting for Godot” at Lincoln Center in New York City in 1988. Costars in the play included Robin Williams and Steve Martin.

After starring in the short film “Peacemaker” (1990) by director Jonathan Sanger, Haas again attracted the attention of television audiences with his portrayal of Benjamin Blair on the great ABC made for TV film “The Perfect Tribute” (1991), starring 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 appeared with Laura Dern, Robert Duvall and Diane Ladd in “Rambling Rose,” a drama directed by Martha Coolidge, and reunited with Duvall on 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 went on to appear 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) as well as in episodes of “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” (1993) and “ Aventures dans le Grand Nord” (1995).

In 1996, Haas, with his singing partner Vincent Gallo, did some recording under the two person band Bunny. The project, however, never came to fruition despite some tracks having been finished. 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 as the titular role) and Tim Burton's “Mars Attacks!” (played Richie Norris) (all 1996). He received a Saturn nomination for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for his performance in the last film.

Following another short break, Haas resurfaced in 1998 when he had a supporting role in the drama “In Quiet Night.” Later that same year, he offered a remarkable role as David on the television film remake “David and Lisa” (ABC), opposite Brittany Murphy as Lisa. He next portrayed George 'Bunny' Hoover, aspiring musician, on 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, made a self appearance in the Ben Stiller comedy “Zoolander” and guested as Crazy 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 up for the actor, 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), where he played George Orr, worked with Nick Stahl, Johnny Galecki and Rachael Leigh Cook in the comedy film “Bookies” (2003) for director Mark Illsley, and portrayed Jesse in Todd Smith's short, “Young Americans” (2004). Besides, he appeared in episodes of “The Zeta Project,” “The Twilight Zone” (both 2002) and “Justice League” (2003, as the voice of Private).

2005 saw Haas portray Luke on Gus Van Sant's “Last Days,” a loose adaptation of the life and career of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The film, staring Michael Pitt as the character Blake, based on Cobain, won the Technical Grand Prize at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. The same year, he also played drug baron The Pin in “Brick,” a teenager neo noir film directed and written by Rian Johnson, costarred with Barry Shurchin and Veronica Cartwright in Barry Shurchin's “Barry Dingle” and starred in two 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 cast as Farley, opposite David Arquette, Ty Burrell, Nora Dunn, Joseph Fiennes and Judah Friedlander, among other actors, in the Finn Taylor adventure/comedy “The Darwin Awards” (2006), had the famed supporting role of Buzz Fecske in Nick Cassavetes' indie crime/thriller “Alpha Dog” (2006, received a wide release in 2007), about a real life drug dealer, and played Henry Baines in Martha Coolidge's “Material Girls” (2006), starring Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff. In addition to the aforementioned notable roles, 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 a jilted former husband, Will Morrison (all also 2006). The following year, Haas starred as a twenty something college dropout, Adam, in the Kevin Connolly comedy/drama film “Gardener of Eden” (2007), opposite Erika Christensen, Giovanni Ribisi and Jerry Ferrara, and played Frank in the horror /thriller movie “The Cradle” (2007) and had a two episode arc in “Dirt” (2007, as Marqui Jackson).

Haas played Youngest Son in Boaz Yakin's psychosexual thriller film, “Death in Love” (2008), also starring Jacqueline Bisset, Adam Brody and Josh Lucas, had an uncredited part as Bar Patron on Rian Johnson's “The Brothers Bloom” (2008), which starred Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo, and starred with Kim Basinger in the horror/thriller “While She Was Out” (2008), scripted and helmed by Susan Montford. He appeared as L.B. in two episodes of “Entourage” (also 2008). In 2009, he portrayed Clifton Hangar on Scott D. Rosenbaum's “The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll.”

Recently, in 2010, Haas costarred with his good friend, Leonardo DiCaprio, in writer/director Christopher Nolan's science fiction/thriller “Inception,” and appeared in the short film “Bastard,” helmed and co-written 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). He is rumored to play a role in the thriller “Night at the Carriage House” (2010) by 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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