|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2008)|
|Born||Keiko Jamen Ellsworth
January 2, 1973
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Kiko Ellsworth (born January 2, 1973) is an American actor. Ellsworth is best known for his portrayal of Jamal Woods in the now defunct ABC daytime drama, Port Charles. In March 2007, Ellsworth returned to daytime television in the role of Stan Johnson on another ABC daytime drama, General Hospital. In the Summer of 2008, he appeared as sound manipulator Echo De Mille in "Going Postal", a series of webisodes spun off from the NBC series Heroes. He was in the 2009 horror film Staunton Hill.
Life and career
Ellsworth was born Keiko Jamen Ellsworth in South Central, Los Angeles, California.
While he was bartending, customers suggested he pursue a career in acting, and with the encouragement of friends, he met with an agency and started acting classes. Soon after, he landed a couple of guest-starring roles on ABC television shows such as Once & Again and Wasteland. He then landed a series regular role on ABC's Port Charles in 2000, where he portrayed and developed the character of Jamal Woods over the next three years.
His film debut came in All or Nothing (2002). He landed the role of Zane, a sociopath and violent street thug. In 2003, Ellsworth landed a small role in the long awaited sequel, Bad Boys II, his first big-budget film, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. In 2006's Lords of the Underworld, Ellsworth portrays an assassin named "Nipper", who terminates his victims using the Sai Swords. Ellsworth also appears in an independent feature, Will To Power (2008) written, produced, directed by, and starring David Rountree. The film also features Jerry Mathers and Jonathan Breck. After this film, Ellsworth was offered the opportunity to join Psycho Rock Productions as one of the producing partners.