Josh Lucas plays Jake Broderick
Josh Lucas stars in new dramedy The Mysteries of Laura as Jake Broderick, an upbeat and rogue charmer and cop — and the father of twin boys with his soon-to-be ex, Detective Laura Diamond ( Debra Messing ).
After receiving a few breaks playing a young George Armstrong Custer in the Steven Spielberg–produced Class of ‘61 and Frank Marshall’s film Alive, Lucas decided to start over in New York City and soon relocated.
In New York, Lucas studied acting for years under Suzanne Shepherd and worked in smaller theater productions, such as Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, before receiving another break in 1997 when he was cast in Terrence McNally’s controversial off-Broadway production Corpus Christi. The play led to Lucas being cast in the films You Can Count on Me and American Psycho.
These films were followed by performances in the Oscar-winning feature A Beautiful Mind and the box office hit Sweet Home Alabama. Soon after, Lucas gave strong performances in Ang Lee’s Hulk, David Gordon Green’s Undertow, Secondhand Lions, Wonderland and Lasse Hallström’s An Unfinished Life.
In 2005, Lucas gained nearly 40 pounds to play legendary basketball coach Don Haskins in the Jerry Bruckheimer–produced Glory Road. He followed this up with his Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.
After appearing in films Stealth and Poseidon, Lucas took time to refocus on his original passion for smaller projects and producing films. His first producing project, the intensely personal Boaz Yakin film Death in Love, was released in 2009.
In the past few years, Lucas has appeared in the features The Lincoln Lawyer, Daydream Nation, Peacock, J. Edgar and the massive Australian hit Red Dog, for which he won Australia’s best actor award (the IF Award). He also played beat generation legend Neal Cassady in Big Sur.