Lukas Haas booked his first feature film at the age of seven and has been working constantly in Hollywood ever since. Haas was recently seen alongside stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Paige and Joseph Gordon Levitt in the acclaimed film “Inception,” directed by Christopher Nolan.
He also appeared in the supernatural thriller “Red Riding Hood,” directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman and Max Irons.
Haas’ career launched in 1984, when he was cast in the title role of “Samuel,” opposite Harrison Ford in Peter Weir’s “Witness.” His performance as the Amish child who is the sole witness to an undercover cop’s murder won the hearts of moviegoers and the acclaim of the critics. He soon landed starring roles in such films as “Lady In White,” “The Wizard of Loneliness,” and “Alan and Naomi,” which was co-written by his mother, Emily Tracy Haas.
He has distinguished himself in roles opposite some of the most celebrated actors, including Jessica Lang in “The Music Box,” Robert Duvall and Laura Dern in “Rambling Rose” and John C. Reilly in “Boys.” He also has worked with acclaimed directors such as Woody Allen in “Everyone Says I Love You,” Tim Burton in “Mars Attacks!” and Alan Rudolph in “The Breakfast of Champions.”
Additionally, Haas has appeared in a number of independent films. He was in Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog,” alongside Emile Hersh, Justin Timberlake and Bruce Willis. He was a critical favorite at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival in “Brick” and at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival in “The Last Days,” directed by Gus Van Sant. His other film credits include “Death in Love”; “Summer Babe”; “While She Was Out,” opposite Kim Basinger; “Gardner of Eden,” directed by Kevin Connolly; and David Arquette’s directorial debut, “The Tripper.”
In 1988, Haas performed onstage alongside Steve Martin and Robin Williams in Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” directed by Mike Nichols at New York’s Lincoln Center.
Haas also has had success on the small screen and received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of AIDS victim Ryan White in the controversial TV movie “The Ryan White Story.” He has had story arcs on “24,” “Criminal Minds,” “Entourage,” and he was a regular on the animated series, “Heavy Gear.”
In addition to his film and television career, Haas continues to pursue his other passion, music, and has performed with artists such as Outkast and Macy Gray.
From Austin, TX, Haas lives in Los Angeles.