At first glance, Luke Benward appears like any other typical twelve year old boy. Born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee, he spends his free time like most kids his age: playing football, video games, break dancing and practicing on his new electric guitar. Lucky for Hollywood, Benward is not just your average 7th grader. Part of an entertainment family, Luke caught the acting bug by tagging along to auditions with his Mother, actress, and theatrical coach Kenda Benward.
Luke’s first break was at the age of five, appearing along side Mel Gibson in We Were Soldiers. At six years of age, he was cast in the television pilot Life on the Water and by age seven starred in the television pilot for the WB series Family Affair featuring Tim Curry and Gary Cole. He was cast as the southern speaking, toothpick chewing Stevie Dewberry in the family film Because of Winn Dixie at age 8. During the fall of 2006, movie goers laughed as Luke (Billy Forrester) choked down ten worms in the hit Walden Media Film How To Eat Fried Worms. Most recently, Benward played the brainy Charlie Tuttle, who invents a time machine that allows him to travel 48 hours into the past in Disney Channel's Minutemen. In 2008, buckle your seat belt as Luke takes on "three sorry thieves, four furry paws and five million bucks" in Dog Gone (Formerly Diamond Dog Caper).
Luke's other credits include commercials for McDonald's, Nintendo, Willy Wonka, American Express, and Hamburger Helper. In 2003, he shared success with country music superstar Martina McBride, when her music video Concrete Angel, starring Benward, was nominated for a Grammy and won the award for Female Video of the Year at the CMT Flameworthy Awards.
It doesn’t stop there, this year he decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps, Aaron Benward, a 16 year veteran in the music business. Luke recently signed a production deal with In Crowd Productions who’s collective credits include: Hilary Duff, India Arie, Backstreet Boys, Mat Kearney, Death Cab for Cutie, and the Jonas Brothers.
Even at his young age, it appears his career is moving full speed ahead. In November 2006, The Hollywood Reporter named Luke “one of Hollywood's top 12 kids to watch”. So keep your eyes and ears open for a new name from Tennessee, Luke Benward.