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Derek Luke stars as paramedic Cameron Boone in NBC's new ensemble drama series, "Trauma."
In 2002, Luke made a profound impression on audiences worldwide with his courageous portrayal of an abandoned and abused young man trying to find his path in Denzel Washington's directorial debut, "Antwone Fisher." With this performance, Luke became one of the most sought after young actors and earned the respect of the industry and his peers.
Luke earned several awards and accolades for his performance, including a Black Reel Award for Best Actor, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. He also earned a BET Award in 2003 for Favorite Actor.
Following the success of "Antwone Fisher," Luke co-starred in a number of diverse roles, including "Biker Boyz" alongside Laurence Fishburne, the critically acclaimed independent film "Pieces of April" with Katie Holmes, and was tapped by director David Mamet for a starring role in the political thriller "Spartan" with Val Kilmer and William H. Macy.
In October 2004, Luke starred as James "Boobie" Miles in "Friday Night Lights," a film directed by Peter Berg and produced by Brian Grazer. The popularity of the movie spawned the critically acclaimed NBC television series of the same name.
Luke continued to prove his versatility as an actor in a series of films including Jerry Bruckheimer's "Glory Road," "Catch a Fire" co-starring Tim Robbins, "Lions for Lambs," directed by Robert Redford and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise, and the romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe."
Most recently, Luke has starred in a trio of influential films -- Spike Lee's WWII epic "Miracle at St. Anna," Tyler Perry's family film "Madea Goes to Jail" and "Notorious," where he portrayed Sean "Diddy" Combs.
Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Luke currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sophia.
Boone, the paramedic half of Medic 78, is a man of faith and conviction. Once devoted to family and work in that order, he now finds himself caught between the two.
Memories of the disaster that took the lives of two close friends plague him -- causing him to stray from his core values, searching for redemption and comfort in places where he never would have looked before.