Luke Askew Overview:

Character actor, Luke Askew, was born Francis Luke Askew on Mar 26, 1932 in Macon, GA. Askew died at the age of 80 on Mar 29, 2012 in Portland, OR .


American actor with worried brown eyes. He came to Hollywood after a varied early career - television announcer, manager of a waste-paper plant, off-Broadway acting work - and played mostly unkempt villains, often in westerns. Less often seen in films after the late 1970s.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Luke Askew Quotes:

Stranger on the highway: I'm from the city... Doesn't matter what city; all cities are alike.
Billy: Well, why'd you mention it then?
Stranger on the highway: 'Cause I'm FROM the city; a long WAY from the city, and that's where I wanna be right now.

Billy: Where ya from man?
Stranger on the Highway: Hard to say.

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His most famous role was in the 1969 film Easy Rider (1969) as the stranger on the highway.

Used to sing blues songs in the same club (the Gaslight) as Bob Dylan in the sixties. A poorly sold 33 record was issued once. Confessed to Philippe Garnier (book "Caractères") that it was not so bad because "I had lost my voice when we taped this. Had too much booth the night before...". According to the same interview, his Easy Rider contract had stipulated his name should appear as big as Fonda's and Hopper's.

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