The young, energetic, and somewhat unorthodox actor and singer Luke Benward got up early in his life – at the age of five before he could even read. Luke has rich entertainment genes, as he comes from a long line of entertainers. In his first acting role, he collaborated with the famous Mel Gibson in his 2002 film We Were Soldiers.
He has also starred in other television films and movies such as How to Eat Fried Worms (2006), Dear John (2010), Cloud 9 (2014), and Life of the Party (2018). He has also appeared in music videos like Martina McBride and The Girl and the Dreamcatcher.
Luke Benward Biography
Luke Aaron Benward was born May 12, 1995, in Franklin, Tennessee. Growing up, he developed a flair for everything to do with entertainment, thanks to his heritage of singers and actors that goes back to his great-grandfather. In 2000 Luke applied for the role of David Moore in Mel Gibson’s film We Were Soldiers. At the time, however, he couldn’t read and stole the hearts of the audition organizers by pronouncing the Pledge of Allegiance. This unique move earned him the role in the film, which was released in 2002.
Movies and TV shows
Not long after, in 2005, he was cast as Stevie Dewberry in the movie Because of Winn-Dixie. His performance at the audition was remarkable in part because of his appearance, as he chose to audition with a toothpick in his mouth. A year later he also played the lead role of William Forrester in How to Eat Fried Worms.
At that time, William was not quite sure what he wanted to do with his life. It was not until his first year in high school that he realized the enormous talent he had. Then he decided that acting should become his life’s work. This decision led Luke and his family to move to Los Angeles with his family in 2012 when he was 17 years old. Before his move, however, Luke Benward had been cast in films such as Mostly Ghostly (2008) as Nicky Roland, Dog Gone (2008) as Owen, and Dear John (2010) as 14-year-old Alan Wheddon.
Benward has made guest appearances in television series such as Disney’s Minute Men (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2015), Girl vs. Monster (2012), R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (2014), and Girl Meets World (2016). He has also had recurring roles in Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run (2012-2013), Disney’s Good Luck Charlie (2013), Ravenswood (2013-2014), and Still The King (2017), including a starring role as William Cloud in the romantic television movie Cloud 9 from 2014.
Music Portfolio and Other Endeavors
Luke Benward’s first musical appearance was in 2002 when he appeared in the music video for Martina McBride’s Concrete Angel. In 2016 he also appeared in the music video for Make You Stay by The Girl and the Dreamcatcher. Luke Benward released his first music project, a five-track EP on January 5th, 2009, entitled Let Your Love Out, and after the release, he did an extensive 50-city tour for the album.
His project Let Your Love Out was released by In-Crowd Productions, from where he later moved to Shine Records. For a short time, Benward also worked with and toured with the Christian group iShine LIVE.
To complete his musical talent, Luke Benward sat under the direction of Nick Bass, a renowned hip-hop choreographer who had worked with artists such as Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. The actor honed his dancing skills for four years with Bass.
Luke’s commercial credits are envious, to say the least. Over the years, the Tennessee actor has appeared in commercials for companies such as Willie Wonka, Nintendo, Hamburger Helper, American Express, and McDonald’s.
Luke Benward Family Life
The young actor has inherited the genes and talents of his parents. His mother Kenda Benward is an actress, acting coach, model, and on-air personality. His father, Aaron Benward, is a songwriter, producer, and country musician and makes up half of the country music duo Blue County. Luke’s grandfather and great-grandfather were also musicians. The former, Jeoffrey Benward, belonged to the genre of contemporary Christian music.
As a child, Aaron accompanied his mother Kenda whenever she went to auditions. In 2008 Luke finally got the chance to work with his mother on Dog Gone. In the film, his mother was also the mother of his screen character Owen.
Luke is not the only child of his parents. He has two sisters, Gracie and Ella. He has also appeared in two music videos for his family. The first was in the 2004 music video for That’s Cool, a song by his father’s band Blue County. The other was in 2009 when he appeared in the music video for Everyday Hero, a song by his mother, and Bart Conover.