Who is Ned Luke?
Born as Ned von Leuck under the zodiac sign of Libra on 4 October 1958, in Danville, Illinois USA, Ned holds American nationality and his ethnicity is of mixed German, English, Scottish and Italian descent. He is a writer, and an actor with 29 credits to his name, perhaps known best for his work as a voice actor for the popular video game “Grand Theft Auto V”, in which he was heard as character Michael Townley/ De Santa; the video game had 28 award nominations and won 12, with Ned nominated for Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game, which he shares with other voice actors.
Early life, family, and education
Ned was raised in Danville by his parents Fred and Cindy, alongside his four siblings Cricket, Steven, Matt and BJ; his grandfather from mother’s side is Paul Birch, who was a famous actor from early ‘50s, who appeared in 50 stage dramas, 39 movies, and numerous television series.
Ned attended Danville High School, where he was an honors student and bi-sport athlete. Upon matriculating in 1997, he enrolled at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, in 1981.
Ned made his acting debut in the 1984 movie “The Bear” in which he was cast to play Football Player, and after almost seven years he was heard as a voice actor for the character Raffles in the animation comedy drama “Rover Dangerfield”. In the following year, he made his first appearance on television in the series “Angel Street”.
He had several supporting roles in the series such as “Guiding Light”, “NYPD Blue” and “Murder One”, before he had a minor role as Construction Worker in the 1996 comedy movie “The Nutty Professor” starring Eddie Murphy, James Coburn and Jada Pinkett Smith, which had 12 award nominations and won 10, including one Oscar.
In the late ‘90s, Ned made appearances in the series “Renegade”, “The Burning Zone”, “High Incident”, “General Hospital” and several others, and also had minor roles in short TV movies. In 2000, he was cast to play David Arnold in the series “The Pretender”, followed by roles in “JAG”, “The Huntress”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “Third Watch”, and “As the World Turns”; he was mostly playing supporting roles in several other series for almost a decade, then he was cast to voice the character of Michael Townley/ De Santa – the interesting fact about this character is that Ned was a model for character’s look and motion picture in the video game.
In the following years, Ned appeared in series such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Boardwalk Empire”, and “Unfiltered”; his most recent role was in the 2017 movie “American Gothic” in which he portrayed Bill, alongside Slate Holmgren and Dina Engel in this horror thriller about a couple who live on an isolated farm, and one night a pair of fugitives come into their house and disrupt their peaceful life.
Love life and marriage with Amy Sax
Ned hasn’t spoken about any women whom he has been with in the past, but it’s widely known about his marriage with Amy Sax, who is a yoga instructor; the two started dating back in 1996, after a year of dating married on 12 November 1997, and after almost 25 years of marriage, they are still together; they have a son, Max ‘Bubba’ Luke and the family of three lives an apparently happy life in their residence in the Westchester County, New York State.
Is he dead or alive?
In January 2021, Ned was hospitalized when it was discovered that he was positive for Coronavirus, and that he had pneumonia, so he spend four days in Emory John’s Creek hospital – all of this information was disclosed by Ned through his Twitter account.
However, rumors about his death started circulating the internet sometime in February, and many of his fans shared the news, although he posted onto his Instagram a video featuring himself leaving the hospital, and in the description thanking his fans for all their love and support.
The rumors were current during March, until Ned posted a picture of him and his wife sitting on the porch of their home, and posted a video onto his Instagram with the description ‘Fake News and bullshit #RIPBigDaddy” which was also shared onto YouTube channel “MoneyGlitchGod”.
So, as of November 2021, Ned is fully recovered from Coronavirus and pneumonia, and while he’s waiting for new roles, he’s coaching his nephew’s baseball team.
Hobbies and other interests
As we already said, he is a coach, but also a big fan of baseball, so it isn’t surprising that his son Max shares a love for this sport with him, and is currently playing for his high school team.
Ned takes care of his body, works out four to five times per week at the gym, and also plays basketball, tennis, football and of course baseball.
In his spare time, he likes to read or watch movies, a couple of his favorites are “The Transporter”, “Wild Card”, and “The Bank Job”, all starring his favorite actor Jason Statham.
He is an animal lover with horses and dogs being his favorites – he has a pet dog named Zeke, and he takes it to the baseball games to support his team.
He has a special ‘Game Room’ in his home, where he plays Sony PlayStation games with his son and nephews; his favorites are “Lego Star Wars” and, you can guess, “Grand Theft Auto V”.
Age, height, and net worth
Ned is 63 years old, he has gray hair and a beard, and his eyes are blue; he weighs around 187lbs (85kgs) and is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall.
As of November 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.