Ned Luke (born October 4, 1958) is an American actor. He is known for voicing and acting as Michael De Santa in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V[3] and Raffles in the animated movie Rover Dangerfield. He has appeared in 29 movies and television shows to date.

Early life

Ned Luke was born in Danville, Illinois, to Cindy (née Smith) and Fred Luke. His maternal grandfather was actor Paul Birch.[4] He graduated from Danville High School in 1977 where he was a bi-sport athlete and honor student. He later attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. He has four siblings.

Career

Luke's first major voice-over role was in Rover Dangerfield, where he played a sheepdog named Raffles opposite Rodney Dangerfield. He was cast as a guest star in several TV shows throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and has appeared in about 100 television commercials featuring products such as Budweiser and Burger King.

In 2007, having grown disenchanted with show business and desiring that his son experience where he grew up, Luke decided to take a break from acting and moved his family from Los Angeles to his hometown of Danville, where he opened a restaurant with his brother. After two years, he decided to return to acting and he and his family moved to New York City. His agent suggested he audition for the role of Michael De Santa, one of the three protagonists of Rockstar Games' newest entry in the popular Grand Theft Auto series. Luke initially scoffed at the idea of being in a video game, but after reading the script decided to proceed with the audition.[5] Luke was eventually cast as one of the game's three protagonists, Michael de Santa. Grand Theft Auto V went on to set several sales records and has become the highest grossing video game in history.[6]

Personal life

Luke married yoga instructor and part-time actress Amy Sax on November 12, 1997. They have one son and live in Westchester County, New York.[7] Luke is nearly deaf in his right ear.[8]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2017American GothicBill Milner
1999Citation of MeritSergeant SmithShort film
1997On the LineOfficer AlTV Movie
1996The Nutty ProfessorConstruction WorkerUncredited
1991Rover DangerfieldRaffles (voice)Supporting role
1984The BearFootball Player

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2015Randolph WileyLead role
2013Boardwalk EmpireBoorish ManEpisode: "All In"
2009KatanaExecutiveEpisode: "Pilot"
2005Law & OrderKen CosgroveEpisode: "New York Minute"
2005Jonny ZeroOfficer MuncieEpisode: "To Serve and to Protect"
2005As the World TurnsDetective Langstrom2 episodes
2004Third WatchRon ConnelyEpisode: "Greatest Detective In The World"
2002–2013Law & Order: SVUMr. Thurber / Roger Swanson / Mr. Wilmont3 episodes
2002–2005All My ChildrenFire Chief / Private Investigator3 episodes
2000The PretenderDavid ArnoldEpisode: "Junk"
Credited as Ned von Leuck
2000Diagnosis MurderTimmonsEpisode: "The Patient Detective"
Credited as Ned von Leuck
2000The HuntressDetective EllardEpisode: "The Kid"
2000JAGOfficer BrackenEpisode: "Drop Zone"
Credited as Ned von Leuck
1999City GuysLonnie CollinsEpisode: "Miracle on 134th Street and Lexington Avenue"
1999General HospitalBodyguard2 episodes
1997High IncidentGary ButterworthEpisode: "Remote Control"
1997The Burning ZoneOfficer #2Episode: "Critical Mass"
1996RenegadeAndy WarwickEpisode: "The Milk Carton Kid"
1996Murder OneConspiracy GuyEpisode: "Chapter Eleven"
1995NYPD BlueLawyerEpisode: "Cold Heaters"
1994Guiding LightSheriff2 episodes
1992Angel StreetOfficerEpisode: "The Blonde in the Pond"

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2013Grand Theft Auto VMichael De SantaVoice and mo-cap

Accolades

YearNominee/workAwardResult
2014
Grand Theft Auto VBehind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video GameNominated