|Luke Y. Thompson arguably began his acting career in elementary school, playing the part of a Christmas tree which got fake-urinated on by a fellow student in the role of a dog. This may account for his later lack of vanity in choosing roles.In high school, he was part of a drama ensemble that won a regional one-act play contest with their performance of “The Marvelous Playbill,” an adaptation of a story by Miguel de Cervantes. Though he attended USC cinema school primarily to learn how to be a director, it was the theater classes that had the most impact, particularly an improvisation class taught by monologuist/filmmaker Eric Trules (The Poet and the Con) and a character-acting class co-taught by actor Raye Birk (Naked Gun 33-1/3: The Final Insult).
Luke’s first movie role(s) came in 1999, as he played several different characters in Billy Logue’s feature film Hollywood 5 – a movie that has yet to actually be released! This was followed by a small role in Gregory Hatanaka’s debut film Until the Night, opposite Norman Reedus and Sarah Lassez. Though the scene was almost completely excised from the finished movie, it can be seen on the DVD.
Hatanaka’s second film, Mad Cowgirl, also starring Lassez as well as Star Trek icon Walter Koenig, featured multiple roles for Luke, in front of the camera as well as behind, as he worked as assistant director too. Though he played as many as nine different characters in the rough cut, only four made the final version – a voice-over on the Pastor Dylan show, a Chinese-accented theater usher, a church congregant, and a hallucinatory figure named Big Brother Cheng.
Luke’s best-known role as of this writing is as the uncouth “Half-Idiot” in Zach Passero’s controversial cult film Wicked Lake. He has also appeared in Naked Beneath the Water and Silent Night, Zombie Night for director Sean Cain; the Jack Ketchum adaptation The Lost for director Chris Sivertson; and several independent productions for Kevin Ford and Angela Bettis’ Mo-Freek Filmworks. He appears as himself in the Creep Creepersin documentary Sexual Violence in Cinema, and as the character of “Jasper Boring” in a series of self-directed Youtube shorts.
“I must say that I was impressed with my initial glimpse into LYT’s acting ability. A natural I would say…” – SARAH LASSEZ
“Luke is easy to work with and willing to try anything.” –Megan Frances, actress, SILENT NIGHT, ZOMBIE NIGHT
“Luke is a dedicated and honest actor.” — Matthew King, director, “The Adventures of Gay Man”
“Luke Y. Thompson makes us proud as “Half-Idiot,” a publicly masturbating redneck who pisses himself.” — Aaron Hillis, THE VILLAGE VOICE
Luke is SAG-eligible and available for projects both union and non.
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