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Luck, Coleman.


Biographical Statement

Born in 1945 in Paris, Texas, Coleman Luck grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. While studying speech at Northern Illinois University, Luck wrote his first screenplay entitled “Wintergreen,” which garnered the of The New Yorker magazine film critic Pauline Kael. After his studies at Northern Illinois Luck enrolled in the University of Southern California’s graduate screenwriting program. Upon completing studies at USC, Coleman entered the feature film industry with the sale of his first script entitled, “The Foxbat Strategy,” to United Artists. In the next few years his scripts were acquired by Twentieth Century Fox, MGM, Disney and others.

Like many of his generation Luck’s life was interrupted by war in Southeast Asia. Luck served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army infantry. And, in 1968, he was decorated six times for his actions in combat including the Bronze Star for valor. It was during his time in the military that he married Carel Ann Gage.

In the mid-1980s Luck turned his attention to television when he joined the staff of a science fiction series entitled, “Otherworld” (1984-85), produced by Universal for CBS. This began his television career that would wind its way through popular television shows, like “The Equalizer” (1985-89), “Gabriel’s Fire” (1990-91), “Matrix” (1991-92), “The M.A.N.T.I.S.” (1994) and “The Burning Zone” (1996) with ever-increasing responsibilities.

In more recent years Luck has devoted his attention back to his roots in writing. He has worked with various leaders in Christian media on various movie projects. In addition to screenplays, Luck is working on a novel.

Coleman and his wife Carel Gage Luck live in north-central California. Together they have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections staff

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Coleman Luck, Jr. Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-041
Scope and Contents The Coleman Luck Collection (SC-41) provides a look at the process of free-lance and contracted writing for television and screenplay. Mr. Luck's materials show a project's journey from a simple concept, to an outline, treatment, research, first draft, revisions, final manuscript, and finally to the screen. This collection contains a wide variety of materials including correspondence, periodical clippings, manuscripts and video tapes. The bulk of the material dates from 1984-present. The...
Dates: Created: 1978-2020; Other: Majority of material found in 1984-2002; Other: Date acquired: 1988

MSS | Coleman Luck {2020-0012}

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 1
Identifier: 2020-0012
Dates: Majority of material found within 1987 - 1989

MSS | Coleman Luck Papers {2018-0010}

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2018-0010

The Foxbat Strategy Screenplay

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 1
Identifier: 2023-0009

Additional filters:

Unprocessed Material 3
Collection 1
Film Scripts 2
Articles. 1
Audiotapes 1
Biographies. 1
Catholic Church -- Clergy -- Fiction. 1