Who is Luke Grimes?

Born under the air sign of Aquarius, on 21 January 1984, in Dayton, Ohio, Luke Timothy Grimes is a 35-year-old American actor, with multiple prominent roles to his credit in movies and TV shows. Ever since his first appearance, in 2006, in “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”, Luke has impressed fans and critics with his versatility and ability to take on difficult roles. He has the ability to play lead parts, as well as important supporting characters, and even auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen for the first movie in the “Twilight” trilogy in 2010, but lost out to Robert Pattisson, who because famous because of his performance in the entire saga.

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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Ohio

Luke was born into the American family of Randy Grimes, a reverend in a Pentecostal Church; this form of evangelical Protestantism values the baptism as a ritual, as well as purity of spirit. There is no information about his mother, Angie Baker. Luke has three older siblings. Given the fact that his family was very religious, he didn’t socialize much during his childhood, spending a lot of time at church camps. In an interview with Blag magazine, he said: ‘I was sheltered as a kid, so I quickly realized what I didn’t want to do and how I didn’t want to live. This helped me mature and get my priorities straight.’ Other than religion, his parents also put emphasis on education – an outstanding student, Luke matriculated from Dayton Christian High School in May 2002. Afterwards, he decided he wanted to be an actor; acting was a way of expression for Luke, so the logical solution was to move to New York City, where he enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to study acting. In 2004, he graduated from the famous art conservatory, ready to conquer the industry.

Career Beginnings: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and More

In 2006 Luke finally debuted on the silver screen, with the role of Jake in “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” – the movie was critically acclaimed, and seen as one of the better titles in the horror genre. While Jake played a relatively important role, it took a another movie for him to become more famous, and in 2007 he played the lead part in “War Eagle, Arkansas”, which allowed him to showcase his acting skills in a more demanding role. With the success of his first two parts, Luke then landed roles in “Assassination of a High School President” and “Shit Year”, before getting his first proper break. In “Brothers & Sisters”, he assumed the role of Ryan Lafferty in a total of 35 episodes, his first role in a major TV show, and recognised him as a proper star.

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Continued Success: True Blood and Fifty Shades of Grey

After 2010, Luke was already an established actor, so he succeeded in continuing his streak of successful performances. “The Light in the Night” was followed by “Outlaw Country” and the hit action movie “96 Hours: Istanbul” – critics particularly loved his chemistry with Liam Neeson during the hostage crisis depicted in the film. Because of this quality performance, in 2013 he was cast as James Kent in six episodes of “True Blood”. A year later, Luke pleased everyone with his performance as Marc Lee in the hit movie “American Sniper”. In 2015, he may have had the biggest role in his career, playing the older brother of Elliot Grey in the erotic drama, “Fifty Shades of Grey”. 2016 was particularly busy, as he appeared in works such as “Manhattan Undying”, “The Magnificent Seven” and “Shangri-La Suite”.

Recent Works, Completing the “Fifty Shades” Trilogy, Yellowstone and More

Grimes was so successful in his portrayal of Elliot Grey that he was invited to reprise the role in the second and third movies of the trilogy, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed”. In 2018, he was cast as Kayce Dutton in the hit TV series, “Yellowstone”., and as of mid-2019, Luke has roles in several movies that are in post-production, so we’ll see more of him in the upcoming years.

Personal Life: Is Luke Grimes Gay? Does He Have a Girlfriend?

No, Luke Grimes is not gay; interestingly, this caused a lot of controversy, especially when there were rumors that he didn’t want to continue playing his character in “True Blood”, because he had to shoot gay sex scenes. He has been in a relationship with Gillian Zinser since 2011; the two haven’t revealed any plans to marry or have children, which has apparently surprised a lot of fans. Luke is an agnostic, and has stated on multiple occasions that he ‘doesn’t like organized religion’. When he’s not busy acting, Luke likes to play drums with his friends, who’ve formed an alternative country band together.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Luke Grimes?

Luke Grimes is 6ft (183cm) tall – his weight and other measurements are unknown, while both his hair and eyes are dark brown.

What is Luke Grimes’ Net Worth?

According to several credible sources, Luke Grimes has an approximate net worth of $500,000, as of mid-2019, accumulated by working tirelessly and always seeking new challenges that would help him become a better actor. Given the fact that he is only 35, we might be seeing Luke’s net worth rise in the foreseeable future.


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