Luke Timothy Grimes
January 21, 1984
Luke Timothy Grimes (born January 21, 1984) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the acclaimed film American Sniper and the Fifty Shades film series and the drama series Yellowstone (2018–present).
Grimes was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of a Pentecostal pastor. Grimes graduated from Dayton Christian High School in 2002. He moved to New York City to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Grimes has appeared in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, War Eagle, Arkansas, and Assassination of a High School President, which received a limited release in March 2009. He also appeared in the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, as Ryan Lafferty, the illegitimate son of William Walker, patriarch of the show's family. Beginning with Season 4, he became a series regular.
He starred in the 2010 FX movie pilot, Outlaw Country, with Haley Bennett and Mary Steenburgen. Grimes played a cowboy named Eli Larkin. The series was not picked up by FX, but the pilot aired on August 23, 2012 as a television movie. In 2012, he appeared in the Liam Neeson thriller Taken 2 as Neeson's daughter's boyfriend.
Grimes also portrayed James in True Blood for six episodes during the show's sixth season, but later left the show. Reports indicated that he quit because he refused to participate in same-sex kissing or sex scenes or to play a character that was attracted to men. Grimes's publicist claimed that he departed to pursue other opportunities. Still, sources say writers and cast members were “baffled and angered” by the decision.
Grimes played United States Navy SEAL Marc Lee, who was killed in action in 2006, in American Sniper (2014). He played Christian Grey's brother, Elliot, in the film Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), and its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker (2017) and Fifty Shades Freed (2018).
As of 2018, he is married to Bianca Rodrigues.
|2006||All the Boys Love Mandy Lane||Jake|
|2007||War Eagle, Arkansas||Enoch|
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Marlon Piazza|
|2010||Shit Year||Harvey West|
|The Light in the Night||Boy||Short film|
|American Sniper||Marc Lee|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Elliot Grey|
|Shangri-La Suite||Jack Blueblood|
|2016||The Magnificent Seven||Teddy|
|2017||Fifty Shades Darker||Elliot Grey|
|El Camino Christmas||Eric Roth|
|2018||Fifty Shades Freed||Elliot Grey|
|2019||Into The Ashes||Nick Brenner|
|2009–2010||Brothers & Sisters||Ryan Lafferty||Guest (season 3), Main role (season 4); 35 episodes|
|2012||Outlaw Country||Eli Larken||Television film|
|2013||True Blood||James||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2018–present||Yellowstone||Kayce Dutton||Main role; 29 episodes|
- "Luke Grimes: 5 Things to Know About the Fifty Shades of Grey Star Playing Christian's Brother Elliot". E! News. October 25, 2013.
- Mitovich, Matt (October 20, 2008). "Ryan Game Over: Brothers & Sisters Casts New Offspring". TV Guide. Retrieved January 12, 2009.
- Abrams, Natalie (July 6, 2010). "Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett Head for Outlaw Country". TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
- Armitage, Hugh (November 9, 2011). "Luke Grimes cast in Liam Neeson's 'Taken 2'". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- Murphy, Shaunna. "'True Blood' Actor Speaks Out On Ex-Costar's Anti-Gay Behavior: 'I'm Over Him'". MTV News.
- Fleming, Mike (October 25, 2013). "Another Grey Casting In 'Fifty Shades'". Deadline Hollywood. PMC. Retrieved October 25, 2013.