Lucas York Black (born November 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the cult CBS television series American Gothic as well as the films Sling Blade, Friday Night Lights, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Black was born in Decatur, Alabama, the son of Jan, an office worker, and Larry Black, a museum worker; he has two older siblings, Lee (a brother) and Lori (a sister). Black grew up in Speake, Alabama and played for the Speake Bobcats, graduating from high school in May 2001.
Without any formal training as an actor, Lucas's film debut was in the 1994 Kevin Costner film, The War. He was subsequently cast as Caleb Temple in CBS's television series American Gothic, which ran from 1995 to 1996, and in the films Sling Blade, Ghosts of Mississippi and The X-Files. Later in 1997 Black starred in the TV film Flash, which aired on The Wonderful World of Disney. In 1998, Black was offered a part in The Horse Whisperer. However, when he was told that he would need to tone down his thick Alabama accent for the part, he rejected the role, believing that actors should act only in parts in which they could be themselves. During