Actor Luke Askew

Francis Luke Askew (March 26, 1932 – March 29, 2012) was an American actor. He appeared in many westerns, and had a lead role in the spaghetti Western Night of the Serpent (La notte dei serpenti; 1969). He also had a small part in the 1969 classic movie Easy Rider.

Biography

Askew was born on March 26, 1932 in Macon, Georgia to Milton Dillard Askew (1904–1976) and Dorothy Doolittle (1910–1969). Askew attended the University of Georgia, Mercer University, and Walter F. George School of Law. Askew served in the United States Air Force during his college years.[which?]

He made his film debut in Hurry Sundown (1967), but was first noticed as an actor for his role in Cool Hand Luke (1967). The following 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.

Askew continued to work as an actor after that, predominantly appearing in guest roles on television series. This includes work on such series as: Bonanza, The High Chaparral, Mission: Impossible, Cannon, The Rockford Files, Quincy, M.E., The Six Million Dollar Man, T. J. Hooker, L.A. Law, MacGyver, Walker, Texas Ranger, Murder She Wrote, and HBO’s Big Love.

He also took part in Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage (1999), a documentary about the making of Easy Rider, and the 2003 documentary Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. Askew sang Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Reed songs at The Gaslight Cafe. According to Bob Dylan, when Luke sang at The Gaslight Cafe it was like a “guy who sounded like Bobby Blue Bland”.

Askew later moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon. He died in Portland, on March 29, 2012, three days after his 80th birthday, from lung cancer.

Selected filmography

  • Hurry Sundown (1967) …. Dolph Higginson
  • The Happening (1967) …. Second Motorcycle Officer
  • Cool Hand Luke (1967) …. Boss Paul
  • Will Penny (1967) …. Foxy
  • The Devil’s Brigade (1968) …. Pvt. Hubert Hixon
  • The Green Berets (1968) …. Sgt. Provo
  • Easy Rider (1969) …. Stranger on Highway
  • Flareup (1969) …. Alan Moris
  • Night of the Serpent (1969) …. Luke
  • Angel Unchained (1970) …. Jonathan Tremaine
  • The Culpepper Cattle Company (1972) …. Luke
  • The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) …. Jim Younger
  • The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972) …. Mark Skinner
  • Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) …. Eno
  • Slipstream (1973) …. Mike Mallard
  • A Matter of Wife… and Death (1975) …. Snell
  • Posse (1975) …. Krag
  • Walking Tall Part 2 (1975) …. Pinky Dobson
  • Mackintosh and T.J. (1975) …. Cal
  • Rolling Thunder (1977) …. Automatic Slim
  • Wanda Nevada (1979) …. Ruby Muldoon
  • The Beast Within (1982) …. Dexter Ward
  • The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984) …. Zeg the Tyrant
  • Bialy smok (1987) …. Frank Brown
  • Bulletproof (1988) …. Gen. Gallo
  • Back to Back (1989) …. Wade Duro
  • No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990) …. Atteron
  • Dune Warriors (1991) …. William
  • The Friends of Harry (1995) …. Harry
  • Frank & Jesse (1995) …. Lone Rider
  • Savage (1996) … Capt. Rohmer
  • Traveller (1997) …. Boss Jack Costello
  • The Newton Boys (1998) …. Chief Schoemaker
  • South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000) …. Leland Henry
  • Frailty (2001) …. Sheriff Smalls
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) …. Alec Campbell
  • Television

  • Mission: Impossible (1968) – The Execution …. Victor Pietro Duchell
  • The High Chaparral (1969) – Shadow on the Wind …. Johnny Ringo
  • Bonanza (1971; part of last season that was not aired*) – Kingdom of Fear …. Deputy Hatch
  • Bearcats! (1971) – Man in a Cage …. Greer
  • BJ and the Bear (1979) …. Blackwell
  • Knight Rider (1983) – A Nice, Indecent Little Town …. Ron Austin
  • Big Love (2007–2010) …. Hollis Green (final appearance)
  • External Links

    Actor Luke Askew – Wikipedia

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