JOSH LUCAS' (Brian Smith) film career began accidentally in
1979 when a small Canadian film shot on the tiny South Carolina Island,
Sullivan's Island, where Lucas and his family lived. Unbeknownst to the
filmmakers, 8-year-old Lucas was hiding in the sand dunes watching filming
during the climactic scene where teenage lovers engage in a lovesick fight. It
was during this experience that Lucas decided to pursue a career in film.
Born to young radical politically active parents in Arkansas in 1971, Lucas
spent his early childhood nomadically moving around the southern U.S. The family
finally settled in a small fishing village in Washington State. The small public
high school had an award-winning drama/debate program and Lucas won the State
Championship in Dramatic Interpretation and competed at the 1989 National
Championship. Brief stints in professional theater in Seattle followed before
Lucas moved to Los Angeles. After receiving breaks playing a young George
Armstrong Custer in the Steven Spielberg-produced Class of '61 and Frank
Marshall's film Alive, Lucas' career toiled in minor television appearances.
Frustrated, he decided to start over in New York City.
There, Lucas studied acting under Suzanne Shepherd and worked in tiny
"off-off Broadway" productions like Shakespeare in the Parking Lot before
receiving a break in 1997 when he was cast as Judas in Terrence McNally's
controversial Manhattan Theater Club production Corpus Christi. The play led to
supporting roles in the films You Can Count on Me and American Psycho, followed
by standout performances in the Oscar winning A Beautiful Mind and the box
office hit Sweet Home Alabama in 2002.
In 2005, Lucas gained nearly 40 pounds to play legendary basketball coach Don
Haskins in the Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney produced Glory Road. Lucas next made his
Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie as the Gentleman
Caller opposite Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange and Christian Slater. Since then,
Lucas has appeared in films including The Lincoln Lawyer, Daydream Nation,
Peacock, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar as Charles Lindbergh and in Red Dog, based
off of the book which was an Australian Box office smash and critical success.
Lucas won Australia's best actor award (the I.F. Award) for the film. Lucas'
first producing project Death in Love, was released in 2009. In 2013, Lucas
played Beat generation legend Neal Cassady in Big Sur and garnered rave reviews
for his performance in John Magary's Independent Spirit Award-nominated The
Mend. Lucas' other film credits include Ang Lee's Hulk, David Gordon Green's
Undertow, Secondhand Lions, Poseidon and Wonderland.
Recently, Josh has starred in John Hyams' drama, All Square; Elizabeth
Chomko's What They Had with Michael Shannon and Hilary Swank; Mark Felt: The Man
Who Brought Down the White House with Liam Neeson, Boy Choir opposite Dustin
Hoffman and Kathy Bates, Guardian Angel opposite Pilou Asbaek, Little Accidents
with Elizabeth Banks, Youth in Oregon alongside Frank Langella and Billy Crudup,
and the Netflix film The Most Hated Woman in America opposite Melissa Leo.
Television credits include Taylor Sheridan's (Sicario, Hell or High Water)
Yellowstone and two seasons on NBC's series The Mysteries of Laura opposite
In 2017, Josh completed a sold-out Broadway run in The Parisian Woman
opposite Uma Thurman. The show was written by Beau Willimon (House of Cards),
directed by Pam MacKinnon and also starred Phillipa Soo and Blair Brown. Other
theater credits include the award-winning off-Broadway production Spalding Gray:
Stories Left Untold and Faultlines.
Lucas has always been fascinated by documentaries and has done voice work for
film legend Ken Burns on the The War, The National Parks: America's Best Idea,
Prohibition and many of Burns' other films. He was involved in the
Oscar-nominated Operation Homecoming and appeared in the National Board of
Review Award-winner Trumbo, and Barry Levinson's documentary Poliwood. Lucas is
the voice of The Home Depot. And has done voice work for the NFL, NCAA, and the
hit animated show American Dad among others.
Lucas currently resides in New York City.
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