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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 June 1971Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Birth NameJoshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Josh Lucas was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Michele (LeFevre), a nurse midwife, and Don Maurer, an ER doctor.

Lucas' film career began by accident in 1979 when a small Canadian film production shot on the tiny coastal 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 climatic scene where teenage lovers engage in a lovesick fight. It was during this experience that Lucas decided to pursue a career in film which he has now done for nearly 3 decades. 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 Gig Harbor, Washington, where Lucas attended high school. The 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 (1993) and Frank Marshall's film Alive (1993), Lucas' career toiled in minor TV appearances. Frustrated, he decided to start over and relocated to New York City.

In NYC, Lucas studied acting for years under Suzanne Shepherd and worked in smaller theater productions like Shakespeare in the Parking Lot before receiving another break in 1997 when he was cast as Judas in Terrence McNally's controversial off-Broadway production Corpus Christi. The play led to his being cast in the films You Can Count on Me (2000) and American Psycho (2000). These films were followed by interesting performances in the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind (2001) and the box office hit Sweet Home Alabama (2002).

Lucas has since worked with many of the film community's greatest talents. He starred alongside Jon Voight in Jerry Bruckheimer's Glory Road (2006), for which Lucas added 40 pounds to transform himself into legendary basketball coach Don Haskins. Lucas also starred with Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss in Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon (2006). He starred with Morgan Freeman and Robert Redford in Lasse Hallström's An Unfinished Life (2005). He also starred opposite Jamie Bell in David Gordon Green's Undertow (2004), which was also produced by Terrence Malick. Additionally, Lucas worked alongside Christopher Walken in Around the Bend (2004).

He performed with Jennifer Connelly and Eric Bana in Ang Lee's Hulk (2003). Other credits include Wonderland (2003), The Deep End (2001), American Psycho (2000), Session 9 (2001) and You Can Count on Me (2000).

Lucas' theater credits include the off-Broadway run of "Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell"; Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie", which appeared on Broadway in 2005; Terrence McNally's "Corpus Christi" at the Manhattan Theater Club; Christopher Shinn's "What Didn't Happen"; and "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

Lucas has always been fascinated by documentaries and performed voice work with film legend Ken Burns on the documentary The War (2007), and also provided voice-over work for Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (2007), Trumbo (2007) and Resolved (2007). Lucas' first venture into production was Stolen (2009), in which he played the single father of a mentally challenged boy. The film was the first project to be produced through Lucas' production company, "Two Bridges".

In the past few years, Lucas' films include The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Daydream Nation (2010), Peacock (2010), as Charles Lindbergh in Clint Eastwood's film J. Edgar (2011), and the massive Australian box office and critical success Red Dog (2011), for which Lucas won Australia's best actor award (The I.F. Award). He also played Beat generation legend Neal Cassady in Big Sur (2013). He can be seen in Kevin Connolly's Dear Eleanor (2016), the upcoming Sundance festival film Little Accidents and the NY indie film The Mend.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Josh Lucas

Spouse (1)

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez (17 March 2012 - 24 October 2014) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (20)

Decided not to go to college in order to pursue his acting career.
Filmed his part in Wonderland (2003) in seven days.
His parents organized campaigns against nuclear power plants and, for his safety, moved 30 times before he was 13 years old.
Graduated from Gig Harbor High School in Gig Harbor, Washington, in 1989.
Older brother of Devin Maurer.
Born in Arkansas in 1971 and christened Joshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer. His parents lived on an Native American reservation, and they named him based on things that happened there. His birth was so easy that the doctor hit his head on the bedpost and injured himself.
Parents were hippie activists who moved more than 30 times before he was 13.
Was injured severely enough to be hospitalized twice during the filming of Poseidon (2006). First, co-star Kurt Russell accidentally hit him with a flashlight in the right eye during an underwater swimming sequence and the resulting cut required 16 stitches and several days off. The second and more serious injury occurred on the next-to-last day of filming when Josh fell 15-20 feet and tore ligaments and muscles in his left thumb, which required a 5-hour surgery to reattach the muscle and 6-8 weeks in a cast. He is still undergoing physical therapy and rehab to get more movement back in his thumb.
Also has two sisters. One of whom, along with Josh, is in the research and planning stages of starting up Mighty's Fast Food, a restaurant that will promote healthier fare and use of organic, local produce.
Parents are Don and Michelle (LeFevre) Maurer. Father is an emergency room doctor; mother is a nurse and midwife. Michelle attended Emerson College with Jay Leno.
Announced the formation of his own production company, "2 Bridges Productions", with his brother, Devin Maurer, as a co-producer and creative partner.
Was considered for the role of Captain Christopher Pike in Star Trek (2009). However, Bruce Greenwood was cast instead.
Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York City.
He and his wife Jessica are expecting their first child, due in late 2012.
Son, Noah Rev Maurer, was born on June 29, 2012 in New York City, weighing in at 9 lbs. 4 oz.
Appeared in 2 unrelated movies both called "Stolen". One film was released in 2009 and the other in 2012.
Attended Kopachuck Middle School in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Appearing off-Broadway in "Fault Lines" alongside Noah Emmerich and Dominic Fumusa at the Cherry Lane Theater. [October 2008]
Appearing as "The Gentleman Caller" in "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway with 'Jessica Lange', Sarah Paulson and Christian Slater. [January 2005]
He is the voice on the Home Depot commercials.

Personal Quotes (9)

[regarding moving so many times as a child] I would lie in bed the night before a new school and decide who I was going to be. It would usually be based on someone I admired from the school before.
"I just feel like I really want to be someone who literally disappears in the role. I want to be so strong as an actor that people wouldn't say [for example] 'Oh, that's Ben Affleck.' To me, that's just boring. It doesn't interest me. My goal is to always have the ability at hand where I can be really good, as opposed to, eh, that's Josh Lucas." Interview with Steve Head, September 24, 2002.
(2015, on Undertow) It's a pretty amazing film. It's flawed and dark and troubled, but it's somewhat based on a true story that Terrence Malick had heard from a child. My understanding is that they found the child dead the day he had called Malick while working in a runaway shelter. Malick had worked on the script for years and then when he saw George Washington, he gave it to Green and we made this tiny budget movie I think really is Southern gothic at its best. The character was horribly difficult to play because he's a man who basically kills his own children. For me, it was a real artistic, psychological experience because I was trying to figure out what kind of mind could do this. Trying to figure out how to make that character anything other than what he could've been on paper: a violent monster.
(2015, on Glory Road) It's my favorite film of my career. There's multiple reasons as to why, but primarily it was the experience of making it. I had not only the real Don Haskins, who was a mentor to me before and after the film, but then I had people like Pat Riley as my technical advisor. And we had this group of actors, many of whom had never really acted before. They were basketball players who were doing some acting, and I was put in a position by the director of the movie to be the coach; to deal with them and coach them, and be, in a sense, in charge of the acting from these guys. Every day I felt this responsibility to do the Disney version of that story-the true story is much darker-but we were very much making a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, and that's what Don Haskins wanted. We had a lot of tools from a financial standpoint to tell a wonderful story of a breakthrough in American racial relations.

Then, the best publicity tour of my life was these guys on Jerry Bruckheimer's private airplane, going from one town to the other showing the movie. Every single night that movie would get a standing ovation. Then we would have this crazy party and we'd get back on Jerry's airplane with this group of basketball actors and go to the next party. And they would find girls.

There was a weird moment where we showed the movie in El Paso, Texas, to the real basketball players in the original story. And they did not like it at all. They felt like I completely missed how badass Don Haskins really was... I was really upset and sad about it. Then Don Haskins came to me and said, "Fuck those guys. You did exactly what I wanted you to do. You did the version that I wanted for the kids." And then all those guys really came around to the movie, and they felt like the movie existed on its own.
(2015, on J. Edgar) Look, I tried something when my career was really struggling: reaching out to people, to filmmakers I wanted to work with. I genuinely wrote a letter to Clint Eastwood saying, "Hey man, I'm a fan and I would be an extra in your movie." Because of it, through his casting team, asked me whether I would be interested in auditioning for the part of Lindbergh. Movies and life become a little more symmetrical when you start asking for and looking for connections. My grandmother was called a WASP. She was one of the first pilots in the United States. She flew with Amelia Earhart and was in love with Lindbergh. She flew in the war and commercially, so I felt there was a great symmetry for me to play this man. It's just one of those moments where it all started to make sense again. I think the movie is actually fascinating, because here you have one of the great rogue, Republican male figures of heterosexuality, Clint Eastwood, making this weird little gay love story. It's an eccentric film that's trying to tell this story of a clearly fucked-up man. I don't think Eastwood is going back and analyzing his movies. He's fearlessly creating, and has built himself an empire that allows him to jump from movie to movie to movie. I found him to be childlike and full of sparkle and joy of film.
(2015, on Session 9) This was a motherfucker for me because it's the movie that started me smoking cigarettes. I had never smoked cigarettes prior in my life, and the character chain-smoked. That first night, after smoking scene after scene, I went home, threw up, and I was a smoker.
(2015, on making American Psycho) I was a little nervous. I hadn't really done much, film-wise, and had done a little TV. I hadn't done anything with real pressure on it. But I would say American Psycho had real pressure on it because of the extraordinary book. Mary Harron had busted her ass to keep the job of the director and also to have the visions that she had for it-which were definitely different from the book. She was incredibly specific, wanting Christian Bale for the lead role... On my first day at work I'm with Willem Dafoe and Bale, and I was really fucking nervous. And I drove to set in a van with Dafoe and I said, "I'm really nervous." Dafoe turns back at me: "Man, I am too. If you're not nervous, there's a problem." I've taken that advice for the rest of my career. I feel like that movie really stood the test of time, and all those memories are still close with me because they are some of my earliest ones.
(2015) Poseidon was difficult... When I first accepted it, I had serious reservations because I felt the script wasn't ready after I already said yes. I had a very bad feeling about the movie after I had said yes, so I tried to back out of it. And I was unsuccessful at backing out of it. The pressure came from all sorts of levels, from Warner Bros. to my friend at the time, Akiva Goldsman, who had written the script, to my agents. They were telling me it was going to be a big, huge movie. And I had this bad premonition, not necessarily about the quality of the movie, but about the fact that I was going to get hurt making it. It was a relentlessly difficult movie to make. Everyone involved in that movie was hospitalized, if not once, multiple times. In the end I took a gnarly fall, was hit by a water cannon, and I ripped by thumb almost off of my hand, and had to have very serious reconstructive surgery the day after the movie finished.

The movie was a very dark spot in my career, and I think the movie is actually pretty damn good, but it didn't perform well in the U.S. That movie, combined with the lack of performance of Stealth, was a real one-two punch to my career. It really shut my career down, from a Hollywood standpoint. It kicked my ass and took me out of the game for awhile, which after something like Glory Road, was extraordinarily heartbreaking to me.

Honestly, from a box office or commercial filmmaking standpoint, I've never recovered from it. And I'm totally okay with that... It took me awhile, though. That level of movie stardom and movie pressure was overwhelming me. I wasn't very happy in that period of my life, and I was working too much on projects were maybe rushed. I know why I did Poseidon... because Das Boot is one of the great action movies of all time and Wolfgang [Petersen, Poseidon's director] said to me, "I'm going to remake Das Boot." And to an extent, he did, although a somewhat Hollywood version of that. But we just didn't have a script.
(2015, on the box office failures of Poseidon, Stealth, and Glory Road derailing his career) The reality was-and I'm not just saying this to justify it-I wasn't particularly happy and was overwhelmed by the movies. Soon after I became scared financially, became scared from a career standpoint. I wasn't even getting independent films suddenly because I had become, not box office poison, but people said, "Oh, he's not working as a film star." So I had to say, "What the fuck am I, if not that?" And I said to myself, "Josh, you did this job because you love acting and storytelling and playing characters." I did a tiny play. I started going back to doing these movies that were personal filmmaking. Even there for a couple of years I kind of missed. I did movies that were indulgent. Too tonally inaccessible. They didn't work. They had no commercial viability. But Hide Away is a movie I really love. I worked my ass off there, and I poured my soul into that movie and it wasn't even released. It was a very lonely and very scary time.

And has it shifted? Not necessarily, I'm still here fighting for The Mend, because I think it's a very worthy movie and I know that some people will love it. I think my performance is raw and borderline dangerous. I'm hoping that some people find it. Then you start making bigger life decisions, man. I had a kid. I went through a tough divorce and I went through a period of time where I was really tested. My career wasn't going well; my life wasn't going well. And I was having to really look at myself in the mirror to figure out what I'm going to do to get through this.

Honestly, I probably chose a very commercial TV project, and to be number two, so I could spend more time with my son and take care of him in the early years of his life. I was making choices that were very specific: Make a living, take care of your family, and if you can, find some movies that you can sink your teeth into. And just not worry about whether anyone sees them or not. Have the goal be the experience of making it. If I could walk away from it and feel I had learned something, that had to become enough, because otherwise I would've kept waiting for validation from commercial or critical successes.

There's nothing abnormal about my experience. And look, you know who said the best thing to me? Alec Baldwin. I was sitting at a sushi restaurant, and I knew him vaguely. He said, "Hey man, whatever happens, don't let them make you believe that when you fall from the movie star tree that you're rotted fruit." He put it so beautifully, because he said, "Everyone falls." And it's true. Everyone falls. What happens to so many actors, when they fall, is that they get really fucked up and broken and usually are gone. Those weird eccentric talents like Christopher Walken or Mickey Rourke-who fall from that tree-and they're just so whacked-out interesting that they come back and have these resurrections. But a lot of people just disappear. It's incredibly rare for someone to live in an incredibly exalted way for huge periods of time. The Meryl Streeps of the world are total anomalies.

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