Lukas was born on April 16, 1976 in West Hollywood, California. His mother, Emily Tracy, is a writer, and his father, Berthold Haas, is an artists. He has twin brothers, Simon and Nikolai. It's widely noted that Lukas was discovered at the age of 5 by casting director Marjorie Simkin while he was in kindergarten.
While his first screen role was in the 1983 nuclear holocaust film Testament (1983), it was his second appearance, in Witness (1985) opposite Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis, that earned attention and acclaim. In Peter Weir's 1985 film, Lukas portrayed an Amish child who was the sole witness to an undercover cop's murder, and his work earned him starring roles in such films as Lady in White (1988), The Wizard of Loneliness (1988), and Alan & Naomi (1992) - the latter film co-written by his mother.
Lukas was subsequently nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of AIDS victim, Ryan White, in the controversial TV movie, The Ryan White Story (1989) (TV). He continued to distinguish himself in film in starring roles including: Music Box (1989) with Jessica Lange and director Costa-Gavras; Convicts (1991) and Rambling Rose (1991) (both with Robert Duvall); and Boys (1996) with John C. Reilly and Winona Ryder.
On stage, in 1988, Lukas performed alongside Steve Martin and Robin Williams in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at Lincoln Center in New York City for director Mike Nichols.
Lukas went on to work with directors Woody Allen in Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Tim Burton in Mars Attacks! (1996), and Alan Rudolph in Breakfast of Champions (1999). He had a pivotal role in Brick (2005), Rian Johnson's directorial debut with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He next appeared in the Kurt Cobain-inspired Last Days (2005), directed by Gus Van Sant, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Roles in Material Girls (2006), slasher movie send-up The Tripper (2006), Who Loves the Sun (2006/I), Gardener of Eden (2007), While She Was Out (2008), and Death in Love (2008) followed.
Recently, Lukas had a supporting role in Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine and Marion Cotillard. He then appeared in Red Riding Hood (2011) for director Catherine Hardwicke, and Contraband (2012), director Baltasar Kormákur's English-language remake of the movie he starred in, Reykjavik-Rotterdam (2008).
Lukas was most recently seen in Crazy Eyes (2012). He has several projects in production, including Meth Head (2013) written and directed by Jane Clark.
Also a talented musician, Lukas plays drums and piano in the band The Rogues.
At the age of five Lukas Haas was discovered in his kindergarten class by casting director Marjorie Simkin. His first film role was that of the youngest of the doomed children in Testament (1983). In 1985 he gained notice when he starred as Samuel, the little Amish boy who witnesses a murder in Witness (1985). He was nominated for an Emmy in the made-for-TV movie The Ryan White Story (1989) (TV). By his teenage years, he appeared with Jessica Lange in Music Box (1989) and Steve Martin in Leap of Faith (1992). On Broadway, Lukas starred with Martin and Robin Williams in "Waiting for Godot".IMDb Mini Biography By: Emily Tracy-Haas
Son of Emily Tracy.
Drummer and pianist for a band called the Rogues
Brothers are fraternal twins named Simon and Nikolai Haas. Like Lukas, they are also musicians.
Lukas enjoyed ice skating (hockey) and turned up on occasion at the ice rink at Northcross Mall in Austin (1986-1988). He was a good skater, by the way, and the employees were quite fond of him.
Eleven years after playing the title role in Witness (1985), opposite Harrison Ford, he appeared in Mars Attacks! (1996). At the end of the film, he receives a medal, just as Ford did in Star Wars (1977). Ford received the medal from Carrie Fisher, playing Princess Leia. Haas received his from Natalie Portman, who would go on to play Princess Leia's mother, Queen Amidala.
Good friends with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Was considered for the role of Dr. Spencer Reid on "Criminal Minds," but did not want to commit to a television series at the time. The role went to Matthew Gray Gubler, and Lukas ended up portraying a store clerk who ends up being the elusive "Footpath Killer".
He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 11, 2010 during the occasion of their 10th anniversary awards ceremony.
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