Known for his roles as Del Cassidy on Caroline in the City, Jerry Stanton in Switching Goals and Jake Carlson on So Little Time, both starring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. His career started with several commercial spots. He then moved to New York City and appeared in many off-Broadway productions before finally making the move to Los Angeles where he landed the role on Caroline in the City. He also played the KACL station manager, Tom Duran in the second season of Frasier and has appeared in numerous TV movies. He also guest-starred on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Harry O'Neal, a guest who conned the Tipton staff into giving him free stuff. He also guest-starred in 90210 as the date of Annie's and Dixon's mother. Lutes was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and raised in Charlestown, Rhode Island, the son of Claire, an astrologer and psychiatric nurse, and John Lutes, an artist. He attended Chariho High School where he was a member of the Chariho Boys Track Team.