Lucas Neff

Actor Biography

Lucas Neff is one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in comedy and is best known for his portrayal of Jimmy Chance on FOX's hit series Raising Hope. He now stars in ABC's Downward Dog as the lovable hipster man-child Jason.

Neff's acting career began as an accident when his cinematography school application at the University of Illinois at Chicago was misprocessed, and he was assigned to the performing arts department instead. After deciding to stick with his newfound major, Neff graduated with a BFA in theatre in 2008. Upon his graduation from college, he went on to complete a residency at the School at Steppenwolf in Chicago and perform in Chicago productions of "Jon," "Talk Radio," "Honest" and "Hamlet." In 2012, his first play, the well-reviewed "The Last Duck," was produced by the Jackalope Theatre Company in Chicago at the Viaduct Theatre. The play was subsequently nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work.

Neff had early television success in Chicago, with guest-starring roles on shows like AMC's The Beast, prior to scoring his breakout role on FOX's Raising Hope, which he starred in from 2010–2014. The series follows the lovable yet simple-minded Jimmy Chance as he raises his young daughter, Hope, with the help of his family. He worked on the pilot for AMC's Preacher, and can soon be seen in ABC's Downward Dog.

Neff's other film credits include John Sayles' Amigo, with Chris Cooper, and the independent films, Slash, I Love You Both and Fear, Inc. with roles ranging from a sexually fluid alien super villain to a bisexual art teacher to a scare-obsessed immature man-child.

Lucas was recently commissioned to write a new play for Jackalope Theatre, is finishing up a novel and has co-written a TV pilot that has been optioned over at FOX studios.