Echo Kellum

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Echo Kellum
Echo Kellum Portrait 2017.jpg
Kellum in 2017
BornAugust 29, 1982
Years active2012–present

Echo Kellum (born August 29, 1982)[1][2] is an American actor and comedian. Kellum is best known for his roles as Curtis Holt on The CW drama series Arrow, Tommy on the FOX sitcom Ben and Kate,[3] and Hunter on NBC's Sean Saves the World.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois,[5] he moved to Los Angeles in late 2009 to pursue a career in comedy.[6] He is a graduate of The Groundlings, I.O. West, and the Upright Citizens Brigade.[3][6]


Kellum gained his first major role in 2012 when he was cast in the FOX comedy Ben and Kate (then titled Ben Fox Is My Manny) playing the role of Tommy, the best friend of the titular character Ben (Nat Faxon).[7] Following Ben and Kate, Kellum was cast as Hunter in NBC's Sean Saves the World starring Sean Hayes and Megan Hilty.

In 2015, Kellum was cast in the recurring role of Curtis Holt, based on the DC Comics character Mister Terrific, in the fourth season of The CW drama series Arrow.[8][9] Holt is a technological savant and inventor who initially works at Palmer Technologies under the supervision of Felicity Smoak, and later becomes a member of Team Arrow. Kellum also went on to portray the character in the Arrow spin-off series Legends of Tomorrow. In April 2016, it was announced that Kellum would be promoted to series regular for the fifth season of Arrow.[10] Kellum exited the series during its seventh season in 2019.[11] He returned for one episode in Arrow's final season.[12]

In 2017,[13] Kellum appeared in Netflix's Girlfriend's Day[14] as Madsen, beat poet and a co-worker of Bob Odenkirk's character.[15]

Kellum voices the character "King Joaquín" on the Disney Channel animated series Elena of Avalor. He also voices multiple characters for the Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty.


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Comedy Bang! Bang! Concerned Citizen Episode: "Zach Galifianakis Wears a Blue Jacket & Red Socks"
2012–13 Ben and Kate Tommy Main cast, 16 episodes
Hot in Cleveland Aaron / Johnny Episodes: "Hot & Heavy", "Love Is All Around"
2013 The Gates Rav Mukherjee Unsold television pilot[16]
NTSF:SD:SUV Clarence / Lex Episodes: "Inertia", "Unfrozen Agent Man"
Key and Peele Funk Band Member Episode #3.9
Comedy Bang! Bang! Tiberius Jones Episodes: "Aziz Ansari Wears a Charcoal Blazer", "Zach Galifianakis Wears a Santa Suit"
2013–14 Sean Saves the World Hunter Main cast, 15 episodes (2 unaired)
2013–17 Rick and Morty Jacob / Brad / First Mate / Triple Trunks Voice roles; 4 episodes
2014 Two to Go Nick Unsold television pilot[17]
2015 Shangri-La Suite Hepcat Film
Dead People Doug Unsold television pilot[18]
A to Z Joseph Episodes: "J Is for Jan Vaughan", "K Is for Keep Out"
Drunk History Lew Alcindor Episode: "Cleveland"
The League Mr. McGibblets Episode: "The Yank Banker"
You're the Worst Tall Nathan 4 episodes
2015–20 Arrow Curtis Holt / Mister Terrific Recurring role (season 4)
Series regular (season 5–7)
Special guest star (season 8)
72 episodes
2016 Pig Goat Banana Cricket Guitar / Lil' Doctor Dirty Voice roles; 2 episodes
2016–present Elena of Avalor King Joaquin Voice role; 7 episodes
2017 Girlfriend's Day Madsen Film
Legends of Tomorrow Curtis Holt / Mister Terrific Special guest star (season 3)
2 episodes
2020 Star Trek: Lower Decks Titan Lieutenant #1 Voice role
2020 Undead Life Butch Short
2021/2022 Grand Crew[19] TV Series
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2020 Battletoads Pimple, Porkshank, Passerby Voice role[20]


  1. ^ Arrow [@CW_Arrow] (August 29, 2018). "Have a terrific birthday, @EchoK" (Tweet). Retrieved August 29, 2018 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Echo Kellum - Actor, Comedian". TV Insider. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  3. ^ a b Robert Wilonsky (December 4, 2012). "Echo Kellum, co-star of FOX's 'Ben and Kate,' was in town promoting his show. This is our visit". The Dallas Morning News Pop Culture Blog. The Dallas Morning News Inc. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  4. ^ Michael Starr (October 2, 2013). "'Will & Grace' vet best reason to watch 'Sean Saves the World'". New York Post. Retrieved 2016-04-05. ...and Hayes is nicely supported by Echo Kellum and Megan Hilty as co-workers Hunter (he of the understated sarcasm) and Liz (also Sean’s best friend outside the office).
  5. ^ Darel Jevens (July 20, 2015). "Chicago's Echo Kellum cast as Mr. Terrific on 'Arrow'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  6. ^ a b "UCB Theatre • Echo Kellum". UCB Comedy. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 14, 2012). "Michael Arden Joins 'Anger Management', Echo Kellum Cast In 'Ben Fox Is My Manny'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  8. ^ Natalie Abrams (July 17, 2015). "Arrow casts Mr. Terrific for season 4". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  9. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (2017-04-26). "Echo Kellum says Arrow's big season 5 revamp was a risk". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  10. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (April 4, 2016). "Arrow Season 5: Echo Kellum Promoted to Series Regular as Curtis". TVLine. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  11. ^ Agard, Chancellor (February 11, 2019). "Arrow star on their shocking exit from the show: 'It's not the end of [SPOILER]'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  12. ^ "Arrow: Echo Kellum Returns as Curtis Holt in Season 8 Photos". Retrieved 2021-03-11.
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  14. ^ Rebecca Ford (November 23, 2015). "Netflix Nabs Chris Sparling's 'Mercy,' 'Girlfriend's Day' With Bob Odenkirk (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-06. Retrieved 2016-08-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Development Update: Wednesday, May 8 - NBC Passes on Four Dramas, Three Comedies". The Futon Critic. May 8, 2013. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  17. ^ "Development Update: Friday, May 9 - Odds & Ends". The Futon Critic. May 9, 2014. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  18. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, May 7 - Odds & Ends". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2015. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  19. ^ "'Grand Crew,' 'American Auto,' 'La Brea' Ordered to Series at NBC". The Hollywood Reporter. 2021-01-12. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  20. ^ "Echo Kellum". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 19 January 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of the title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)

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