At 41 years old, Lucas Black has this physical status:
At age 11, Black made his film debut in Kevin Costner's film The War. He subsequently was cast as Caleb Temple in CBS's television series American Gothic, which ran from 1995 to 1996, and in the films Sling Blade, Ghosts of Mississippi, and The X-Files. Later Black starred as Conner Strong in the TV film Flash (1997), which aired on The Wonderful World of Disney; in the movie his character visits a horse every day in the hope of buying it.
Black played a supporting role as Oakley in the historical drama Cold Mountain (2003). In 2004, he starred as Vernon, an autistic piano prodigy, in the indie musical drama Killer Diller (2004), and as Mike Winchell in the football-themed drama Friday Night Lights (2004), directed by Peter Berg.
Black starred as Nat Banyon in the indie thriller film Deepwater (2005), directed by David S. Marfield; as Chris Kruger in the Gulf War-themed drama film Jarhead (2005), directed by Sam Mendes; and as Sean Boswell in the third The Fast and the Furious film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), directed by Justin Lin. He described Tokyo Drift as the one in which he "had the most fun."
Black starred as Buddy in the indie drama Get Low (2009), directed by Aaron Schneider; as Jeep Hanson in the Bible-themed fantasy thriller Legion (2010); and as Luke Chisholm, a talented young golfer set on making the pro tour, in the indie golfing film Seven Days in Utopia (2010).
He portrayed the Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese in the drama film 42 (2013). Black, having done previous sports films and played sports early in his life, found the filming experience "a lot more enjoyable because you get to reminisce about the days when I used to play, and then you get the experience of being on a team again with the actors and have that camaraderie with the players".
In 2014, Lucas was cast in NCIS: New Orleans as NCIS Special Agent LaSalle, a no-nonsense agent with a "work hard, play hard" motto.
In 2015, Black returned to play Sean Boswell in a cameo appearance in Furious 7. Sean did not appear in the eighth installment, The Fate of the Furious, and in July 2016, Black explained on The Chris Mannix Show that he could not return due to his schedule with NCIS: New Orleans.
In November 2019, Black left the series NCIS: New Orleans to devote more time to his family.
He also returned to the Fast & Furious franchise, having a supporting role as Sean in F9 in 2021.