Luke! We’re Gonna Have Company! The 10 Best ‘Lukes’ in Pop Culture History

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck on May 31, 2013

in Lists

[SPOILER ALERT] Today my wife gave birth to our second child.

The littlest Decker will be called Luke, thus setting me up for 40+ years of “no, I am your father” jokes, which was pretty much the whole point.

Besides Luke Skywalker, the name Luke is well represented in television, movie and comic book history. As a tribute to my new bundle of Jedi, let’s take a look at 10 of the best Lukes in pop culture history.


Luke Dunphy

The youngest child of Claire and Phil Dunphy, (one of) Modern Family’s resident dullards is brilliantly played by actual genius Nolan Gould.


Luke Perry

This picture rules.


Bushwacker Luke

Luke is the one on the right. I think.


Luke Puke

Twin of Richie Retch, Luke Puke was one of the more easily named Garbage Pail Kids. Give 10 kids the name Luke, tell them to pitch their best GPK ideas, guarantee 8/10 come up with Luke Puke. Too easy, but a classic GPK.


Luke Wilson


Luke Easter

Can I get a sport?


Luke Duke

Wopat Gangnam Style!


Luke Cage

When casting Luke Cage in a Marvel movie, please don’t give us The Rock again. Please.



Cool Hand Luke

“sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand”


Luke Skywalker

No surprises here.


Classick May 31, 2013 at 11:34 am

Two honorable mentions:

The “Other” Luke Skywalker a.k.a. Uncle Luke, a.k.a. Luther “Luke” Campbell from 2 Live Crew
Luke Spencer of “Luke and Laura” fame from General Hospital (back when mom was all into her “stories” in the 80s)

Fantastic way to welcome your son to the world! Congratulations, Jessica and Howie!

Dex (@Dex1138) May 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I hate to be the white guy that isn’t really into rap to correct you, but it’s Luke Skyywalker. Not to be confused with Luuke Skywalker.

Congrats, Decker family!

Jason Gross (@SockOfFleagulls) May 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

Congrats Howie! Our youngest is Jameson Luke to which I’ve used more in a Tommy Boy way…

StephenT May 31, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Cool idea and a nice tribute. Welcome Luke!

Howard Decker May 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Appreciate it, thank you!

2 Warps to Neptune May 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Dude, congratulations! Awesome name.

Howard Decker May 31, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Thanks man!

SharePointJoe May 31, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Wasn’t that Leo’s name in Growing Pains? Well played.

Classick May 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

LOL Luke Brower… save that reference for Jump The Shark Week…

Howard Decker May 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm


Count Marzo June 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Congrats again man!

And you definitely didn’t let me down on this list with Bushwacker Luke and GPK’s Luke Puke! lol!

@OldSchool80s June 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Congrats and great name! Good calls on the list as well.

Howard Decker June 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Thank you!

T2H June 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Cool name. Perhaps the coolest. Not to overshadow the general ‘it’ factor that the Decker family owns, and owns rightfully. God bless you and your family.

Howard Decker June 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

You’re too kind! Thanks man.

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