Big Love Actor Luke Askew, Actor Luke Askew appeared in 10 episodes of HBO series “Big Love”. Askew died from lung cancer in his Lake Oswego home on March 29. He was 80. A Georgia-born character actor with more than 40 years in the film and television business died last month in his Lake Oswego home.
Luke Askew, who has been featured in roles opposite a litany of big name Hollywood stars from Michael Caine to Matthew McConaughey, was surrounded by his family when he died of lung cancer March 29. He had turned 80 just three days before.
A neighbor, Nancy Hedin, said she had known Askew and his wife, Maggie, for about two years. Hedin said she lived in a condominium unit below the Askews and sometimes watched his films with the couple.
“He was a lovely and talented person,” she said of Luke Askew. “They both mostly kept to themselves, but every once in a while I could hear his voice from my unit. You could just tell he was an actor.”
Francis Luke Askew was born on March 26, 1932, in Macon, Ga. According to IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, his first big acting role was in the 1967 film “Hurry Sundown”, which also featured Michael Caine, Jane Fonda and Faye Dunaway. That same year he played Boss Paul in “Cool Hand Luke”, starring Paul Newman. He was also in the 1969 film Easy Rider with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.