Lukas Haas Biography
Born Name: Lukas Daniel Haas
Lukas Daniel Haas is an American actor, known for roles both as a child and as an adult. His career has spanned more than 20 years during which time he has appeared in more than 36 feature films, as well as a number of television shows and theater productions.
Early life and career
Haas was born in West Hollywood, California, the son of Emily Tracy, a writer, and Berthold Haas, an artist. He has two brothers, twins Simon Jakoway Haas and Nikolai Johannes Haas, both musicians/artists. At the age of five, Haas was discovered in his kindergarten by casting director Marjorie Simkin. His first screen role was as a child in the 1983 nuclear holocaust film Testament.
Haas became more widely known in 1985 when, at the age of eight, he appeared with Harrison Ford in Witness. His performance as an Amish boy who is the sole witness to an undercover police officer's murder was well-received by critics. Haas followed this with parts in films such as Lady in White and Solarbabies. In 1989 he played in the Costa-Gavras film Music Box the role of the 12 year old son of Jessica Lange and grandson of the immigrant who was accused as a war criminal. For this role he was nominated for the award of young artists. Also at a young age, he stared in the movie, "Alan and Naomi"
Haas played AIDS victim Ryan White in the TV movie, The Ryan White Story, for which he received an Emmy nomination. On stage in 1988, he performed alongside Steve Martin and Robin Williams in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at Lincoln Center in New York City for director Mike Nichols.
He went on to appear in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You, Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, and Alan Rudolph's Breakfast of Champions. Haas' work in the 2000s includes Brick, Gus Van Sant's Last Days, and While She Was Out with Kim Basinger. In June 2010 has signed for the lead role in the upcoming The Girl with the Red Riding Hood.
Haas is also a musician; he plays drums and piano for a band called The Rogues. He has appeared in the music videos for My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade", OutKast's "Roses", UGK's "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)", and Death Cab For Cutie's "Cath…".