Lukas Haas

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Lukas Haas
Lukas Haas by David Shankbone cropped.jpg
Haas in April 2007
Born Lukas Daniel Haas
(1976-04-16) April 16, 1976 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1983–present

Lukas Daniel Haas (born April 16, 1976) is an American actor and musician. His acting career has spanned three decades, during which he has appeared in more than 50 feature films and a number of television shows and stage productions.

Early life[edit]

Haas was born in West Hollywood, California, the son of Berthold Haas, an artist, and Emily Tracy, an author.[1] His mother is a native of Texas, and his father emigrated from Germany.[2] He has two brothers: twins Simon Jakoway Haas and Nikolai Johannes Haas, both designers.

Acting career[edit]

Haas was discovered at the age of five in his kindergarten by casting director Margery Simkin. His first screen role was as a child in the 1983 nuclear holocaust film Testament. He became more widely known in 1985 when, at the age of eight, he appeared in Witness. His performance as an Amish boy who is the sole witness to a police officer's murder was well received by critics.[3] Haas followed this with roles in films such as Lady in White and Solarbabies. In 1989, he appeared in the film Music Box, as the 12-year-old son of Jessica Lange's character, and grandson of an immigrant who is accused of being a war criminal. For this role he was nominated for the Young Artist Award. He also starred in the films Alan and Naomi and Rambling Rose.

Haas received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Ryan White in the television movie The Ryan White Story, about an American teenager who contracted AIDS through contaminated blood treatments for hemophilia. On stage in 1988, he performed in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at Lincoln Center in New York City.[4] He went on to appear in Everyone Says I Love You, Mars Attacks!, and Breakfast of Champions. His work in the 2000s includes Brick, Last Days, and While She Was Out.

In March 2010, Haas was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. More recently he appeared in Red Riding Hood, Contraband and Christopher Nolan's Inception. He has made guest appearances in Amazing Stories, both the 1985 and the 2002 versions of The Twilight Zone, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, As Told by Ginger, The Zeta Project, 24, Criminal Minds, Dirt and Entourage. He had a role on the 2012 television series Touch.[5] During 2014 he co-starred also in the horror film Dark Was the Night.[6]

Music career[edit]

Haas is the drummer and pianist for The Rogues.[7] He has composed parts of several film soundtracks, including Breakfast of Champions and Last Days, and performed as a guest musician on the Macy Gray album The Trouble with Being Myself and the Jet album Shaka Rock. In 2008, he released a solo EP. He appeared in the music videos for OutKast's "Roses," My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade," UGK's "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)," Death Cab For Cutie's "Cath…," and Jet's "She's a Genius".

On February 25, 2011, the media announced that Haas had released a musical collaboration with Isabel Lucas called "Made for You". The recorded and video clip were filmed in Lukas' LA studio, and were later revealed to be a marketing campaign of the Portuguese band The Gift for their album Explode.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Testament Scottie Wetherly
1985 Witness Samuel
1986 Solarbabies Daniel
1988 Lady in White Frankie Scarlatti
1988 The Wizard of Loneliness Wendall
1989 See You in the Morning Petey Goodwin
1989 Music Box Mikey Talbot
1991 Convicts Horace Robedaux
1991 Rambling Rose Buddy
1992 Alan & Naomi Alan Silverman
1992 Leap of Faith Boyd
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Scott
1996 Boys John Baker Jr
1996 Mars Attacks! Richie Norris
1996 Johns Donner
1997 Kiss & Tell Don the Forensic Intern
1998 In Quiet Night Russell
1999 Breakfast of Champions George "Bunny" Hoover
2000 Running Free Narrator (voice)
2001 Zoolander Himself
2001 The Pearl[10] Kino
2002 Long Time Dead Webster
2003 Bookies Casey
2005 Brick The Pin
2005 Last Days Luke
2005 Dingle, Barry Matt Huggins
2006 Material Girls Henry Baines
2006 The Darwin Awards Farley
2006 Who Loves the Sun Will Morrison
2006 The Tripper Ivan
2006 Swedish Auto Carter
2006 Alpha Dog Buzz Fecske
2007 The Cradle Frank
2007 Gardener of Eden Adam Harris
2008 T Takes The Guest in Room 108
2008 Death in Love Youngest Son
2008 While She Was Out Chuckie
2008 The Brothers Bloom Bar Patron Uncredited
2009 The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Clifton Hangar
2010 Inception Nash
2011 Red Riding Hood Father Auguste
2011 Crazy Eyes Zach
2012 Contraband Danny Raymer
2012 Lincoln First White Soldier
2013 Meth Head Kyle
2013 Jobs Daniel Kottke
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Vernon
2014 Transcendence James Thomas
2014 Dark Was the Night Donny Saunders
2015 Always Worthy Breck
2015 Tooken Buddy #1 Credited as Lucas Haas
2015 The Revenant Jones
2017 2031 Ethan Short film
2018 First Man Michael Collins Post-production
2018 Widows Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Jessie Tim Buckley Episode: "In the Line of Duty"
1984 Trapper John, M.D. Nicholas Episode: "Double Bubble"
1984 Love Thy Neighbor Bobby Leob Television film
1985 Brothers-in-Law Luke Television film
1985 Amazing Stories Brian Globe Episode: "Ghost Train"
1986 Shattered Spirits Brian Mollencamp Television film
1986 The Twilight Zone Mike Segment: "What Are Friends For?"
1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special Mike Sanders Episode: "My Dissident Mom"
1989 The Ryan White Story Ryan White Television film
1991 The Perfect Tribute Benjamin Blair Television film
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Norman Rockwell Episode: "Paris, September 1908"
1994 Warrior Spirit Rod Television film
1995 Tales of the Wild Rod Elliot Episode: "Chasseurs de loups, chasseurs d'or"
1998 David and Lisa David Television film
2001 Son of the Beach Krazy Episode: "Queefer Madness"
2001–2002 Heavy Gear: The Animated Series Marcus Rover (voice) 10 episodes
2002 As Told by Ginger Jake Episode: "Fast Reputation"
2002 The Zeta Project Casey MacCurdy (voice) Episode: "On the Wire"
2002 Lathe of Heaven George Orr Television film
2002 The Twilight Zone Corey Williams Episode: "Harsh Mistress"
2003 Justice League Private (voice) Episode: "Eclipsed"
2005 Criminal Minds Clerk (The Footpath Killer) 2 episodes
2005 24 Andrew Paige 3 episodes
2007 Dirt Marqui Jackson 2 episodes
2008 Entourage L.B. 2 episodes
2013 Touch Calvin Norburg 11 episodes

Music videos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lukas Haas Biography (1976-)". Filmreference.com. 1976-04-16. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  2. ^ Peter Reynders (1991-04-14). "Starry Ride". Peter-reynders.de. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  3. ^ Variety Staff (1984-12-31). "Witness". Variety. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  4. ^ Rich, Frank (November 7, 1988). "Review/Theater; 'Godot': The Timeless Relationship of 2 Interdependent Souls". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  5. ^ Slezak, Michael (2012-08-01). "Lukas Haas Joins Touch as Series Regular". TVLine. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  6. ^ Squires, John (2015-01-27). "Image Entertainment Discovers Dark Was the Night". Dread Central. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  7. ^ "Lukas Haas | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  8. ^ (in Portuguese) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 8, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ (in Portuguese) Rui Dinis. "The Gift - "Made for You"". A Trompa. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  10. ^ Railsback, Brian E.; Meyer, Michael J. (2006). A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 284–. ISBN 9780313296697. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 398.

External links[edit]

Media related to Lukas Haas at Wikimedia Commons