Lucas Black was born on November 29, 1982, in Decatur, Alabama. He was born to Larry, a museum worker while his mother, Jan was an office worker.
Lucas Black got his first acting audition at the age of 11 and because he didn’t come from a family of actors he didn’t know what to do.
Black said, “I didn’t know there was such a thing as acting growing up. Everything I watched on TV was sports and outdoor shows. So pretty much everything I watched, I thought was real. I didn’t know there was a thing called ‘acting.’”
Her mother, Jan signed him up for the audition because she heard Kevin Costner was starring in the movie.
Black recalled, “My mom, she heard about an open audition on the radio. It was for the movie The War, and she heard that Kevin Costner was going to be in it. I think she brought me to the audition because she thought maybe Kevin Costner was going to be there. No, I think she just knew from my personality that I wouldn’t be scared to be myself and just act naturally.”
There were over 5000 kids at the audition and black managed to stand out. The children were asked their name, age, and where they lived. Others gave a direct response, while Black gave a detailed direction to his house.
“I said, ‘Well, you go down 157…you go by Mickey Wiggins store, and you turn left,’ and they were like ‘we need you to read some lines, kid,’” Black explained. “Just because I said something different from every other kid. So that was my first audition, and I ended up getting the part.”
That was the beginning of a successful career and he got his first lead role in 1999 in Crazy in Alabama, starring alongside Melanie Griffith.
He starred in several movies and got his breakthrough after starring in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
In 2014, he got the role of agent Christopher LaSalle on NCIS. His character suddenly died in season 6 after starring in over 125 episodes.
It was later revealed that it was part of the plan. Black spent over 70hours a week on the NCIS spinoff series in the first three seasons and he felt he didn’t have enough time for his wife and children.
He knew if he continued moving at that pace it could damage his marriage, hence decided to leave NCIS.