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Luke Askew (born in Macon, Georgiamarker, U.S.marker) is an American actor most noted for his role in the 1969 film Easy Rider.

Askew was born in Macon, Georgiamarker. He first began to be noticed as an actor in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. He was one of the first actors daring to wear long hair in this era, which he had to hide under a hat during the filming of this movie. The next year he worked with John Wayne in The Green Berets (with his hair cut short). The following year he worked with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in Easy Rider. This film set him on the road to becoming a cult figure of modern cinema.

Askew has continued to work as an actor from the 1960s forward. Though he has appeared in numerous feature films, from the 1970s forward he has predominantly appeared as an actor on television series. This includes work on such series as: Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, The Rockford Files, The Six Million Dollar Man, T. J. Hooker, L.A. Law, MacGyver,Walker, Texas Ranger and HBO's Big Love. He has appeared frequently with Bill Paxton.

He also took part in Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage from 1999, the DVD documentary about the making of Easy Rider. Askew sang Muddy and Wolf and Jimmy Reed songs at The Gaslight Cafe. According to Bob Dylan, Luke, when he sang at The Gaslight Cafe, was a "guy who sounded like Bobby Blue Bland".



  1. Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage (1999) (V)

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