Elijah Kelley, January 2008
August 1, 1986 |
LaGrange, Georgia, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, singer, dancer|
Elijah Kelley (born August 1, 1986) is an American actor, singer, and dancer. He appeared in films such as 28 Days (2000), Take the Lead (2006), and the musical film re-adaptation of Hairspray (2007).
Kelley was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia. He attended Long Cane Middle School and Troup County High School, where he participated in the school's show choir for years. As a child, he starred in Coca-Cola commercials and played a role in the film Mamma Flora's Family. He also performed in a church choir and gospel band with his family. His parents, determined to keep their son down to earth, went with him when he moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school.
In 2007, Kelley starred in the film adaptation of Hairspray. Both his performance and the film received positive reviews. On December 2, 2011, Kelley sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. He is the first choice to play Bobby Brown in the Untitled New Edition Biopic.
|1998||Mama Flora's Family||Young Willie||Television film|
|1999||A Lesson Before Dying||Clarence||Television film|
|2000||Heavens Fall||Leroy Wright|
|2000||Rome & Jewel||Ben||Direct-to-video|
|2006||Take the Lead||Danjou|
|2007||Hairspray||Seaweed J. Stubbs||Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble Of The Year
Young Hollywood Award for One to Watch
Nominated – Critics Choice Award
|2012||Red Tails||Samuel "Joker" George|
|2012||Boys of Abu Ghraib||Tunde|
|2013||The Butler||Charlie Gaines|
|2005||The Shield||Jaymon||Episode: "Grave"|
|2005||Everybody Hates Chris||Waiter||Episode: "Everybody Hates the Babysitter"|
|2006||Numb3rs||Anthony||Episode: "The OG"|
|2009||Dirty Sexy Money||Elon Elder||Episode: "The Facts"|
- 2007: Hairspray Soundtrack - July 10, 2007
- 2008: DisneyMania 6
- 2008: Sex and the City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Vol. 2
- "Run and Tell That"
- "Come So Far"
- "Without Love"
- "You Can't Stop the Beat"
DisneyMania 6 singles
- "He Lives in You"
- "Shining Star"
- Barnes, Brad (2007-07-20). "LaGrange to honor local 'Hairspray' star". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
- Eisner, Ken (2007-07-19). "Hairspray's Kelley energized by cast". Straight.com. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
- "Elijah Kelley: Whoa, Who's That Kid?". Time. July 19, 2007.
- Every time he comes to LaGrange Georgia he loves to eat his Aunt Judy's sweet potato pie and he says he will be at his Family Reunion this year in Savannah Georgia USA WEEKEND
- Elijah Kelley at the Internet Movie Database
- (July 3, 2006). "Elijah Kelley to Play Seaweed in Hairspray Film". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved July 2, 2007.
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