Elijah Kelley

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Elijah Kelley
Elijah Kelley, January 2008
Born (1986-08-01) August 1, 1986 (age 27)
LaGrange, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer
Years active 1998–present

Elijah Kelley (born August 1, 1986) is an American actor, singer, and dancer. Kelley appeared in the films Take the Lead (2006) and 28 Days (2000), and co-starred in the musical film re-adaptation of Hairspray (2007), in which he portrayed the character Seaweed J. Stubbs.

Life and career[edit]

Kelley was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia, attending both Long Cane Middle School and Troup County High School, where he auditioned for and participated in the school's show choir for years.[1][2]

As a child, Kelley starred in Coca-Cola commercials and played a short role in the film "Mamma Flora's Family." He also performed in a church choir[3] and gospel band with his family as a child. Kelley's parents, determined to keep their son down to earth, moved with him when he set out for Los Angeles after graduating from high school.[4]

In 2006, Kelley was cast in a film version of Hairspray released on July 20, 2007. Both Kelley's performance and the film have received positive reviews.[5]

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.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Notes
1998 Mama Flora's Family Young Willie TV-Movie
1999 A Lesson Before Dying Clarence TV-Movie
2000 28 Days Darnell
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
The Boys of Abu Ghraib Tunde
2013 The Butler Charlie Gaines

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Shield Jaymon Episode: "Grave"
Everybody Hates Chris Waiter Episode: "Everybody Hates the Babysitter"
2006 Numb3rs Anthony Episode: "The OG"
2009 Dirty Sexy Money Elon Elder Episode: "The Facts"



Hairspray singles[edit]

  • "Run and Tell That"
  • "Come So Far"
  • "Without Love"
  • "You Can't Stop the Beat"

DisneyMania 6 singles[edit]

  • "He Lives in You"


  • "Shining Star"


  1. ^ Barnes, Brad (2007-07-20). "LaGrange to honor local 'Hairspray' star". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  2. ^ Eisner, Ken (2007-07-19). "Hairspray's Kelley energized by cast". Straight.com. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Elijah Kelley: Whoa, Who's That Kid?". Time. July 19, 2007. 
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ VH1.com

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