Keith Stanfield

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Keith Stanfield
Born LaKeith Lee Stanfield
(1991-08-12) August 12, 1991 (age 25)
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, poet, rap artist
Years active 2008–present

LaKeith Lee "Keith" Stanfield (born August 12, 1991) is an American actor and rapper. He made his feature film debut in Short Term 12 (2013), for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. In 2014, he appeared in the horror film The Purge: Anarchy and in the Martin Luther King biopic Selma as civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. In 2015, Stanfield appeared in the film Dope and the biopic about the hip-hop group N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton, where he portrayed Snoop Dogg. In 2016, he appeared in the Oliver Stone biopic Snowden and began starring on the Donald Glover TV series, Atlanta. In 2017, he appeared in the critically acclaimed film Get Out, which went on to finish first at the box office on its opening weekend.[1]

Early life[edit]

Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, and grew up in Riverside and Victorville, California.[2] He has said that he "grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides".[3] He decided to become an actor when he was 14 years old, when he joined his high school's drama club. He attended the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Los Angeles,[3] where he was signed by an agency manager and began to audition for commercials.[2]


Stanfield's first role was in the short film Short Term 12 (2009), which was filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton's thesis project at San Diego State University, and won the Jury Award for U.S. Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[3] A year later, he appeared in the short film Gimme Grace (2010), before he gave up acting for several years.[2] He went on to work a number of different jobs—roof work, gardening, at AT&T, and at a legal marijuana factory—before he was contacted by Cretton to reappear in a feature-length adaptation of Short Term 12, his first feature film.[4] For the duration of the film's production, Stanfield practiced method acting, distancing himself from the other cast members like his character, Marcus.[2] He was the only actor to appear in both the short and feature films.[5]

Short Term 12 won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 South by Southwest film festival, and Stanfield was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.[4]

In 2014, Stanfield co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy[4] and Selma, in the latter playing civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. He is set to appear in James Franco's upcoming film Memoria[3] and in Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead.[6] Stanfield will also star in the fantasy horror thriller film King Ripple, by the Michigan filmmaker Luke Jaden,[7] and the music video for the Run the Jewels song "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)".[8] In 2015, he portrayed rapper Snoop Dogg in the biopic Straight Outta Compton.[9] In 2016, Netflix cast Stanfield in Adam Wingard's upcoming Death Note.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Stanfield is a poet and rap artist, and is part of a band named Moors.[4]

In March 2017, Stanfield announced he is expecting his first child with actress Xosha Roquemore.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Short Term 12 Mark Short film
2013 Short Term 12 Marcus Chicago International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
Nominated – GFCA Award for Best Original Song
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Young Ghoul Face
2014 The Fires, Howling The Staying One Short film
2014 Selma Jimmie Lee Jackson BFCC Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – GFCA Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2015 Dope Marquis a.k.a Bug
2015 Straight Outta Compton Snoop Dogg Hamptons International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performer
2015 King Ripple King Ripple Short film
2015 Tracks Lawrence Short film
24FPS International Short Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2015 Miles Ahead Junior
2015 Memoria Max
2016 Hard World for Small Things Sev Short film
2016 Live Cargo Lewis
2016 Snowden Patrick Haynes
2017 Crown Heights Colin Warner
2017 Get Out Andre Hayworth / Logan King
2017 The Incredible Jessica James Damon
2017 War Machine Cpl. Billy Cole
2017 Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town George
2017 Quest Diego Post-production
2017 Death Note L Post-production
2017 Come Sunday Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Atlanta Darius 7 episodes
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Duo (shared with Brian Tyree Henry)


  1. ^ "Universal/Blumhouse’s ‘Get Out’ Now Grabbing A $30M+ Opening". Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Brown, Emma (August 22, 2013). "Discovery: Keith Stanfield". Interview. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hart, Hugh (February 28, 2014). "Behind The Breakout Role: How Spirit Award Nominee Keith Stanfield Dug Deep For His "Short Term 12" Performance". Co.Create. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Feinberg, Scott (January 7, 2014). "Will Keith Stanfield Score an Oscar Nom for His Heartbreaking 'Short Term 12' Rap Song? (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (December 23, 2013). "‘Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield on His Breakthrough Role and Song: ‘There's Been a Snowball Effect’". The Wrap. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (June 20, 2014). "'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead'". Indiewire. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (June 20, 2014). "'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins King Ripple". Indiewire. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Camp, Zoe (March 26, 2015). "Run the Jewels and Zack De La Rocha's "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" Video Is a Battle Between Cop and Unarmed Black Man". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ "'Selma's Keith Stanfield to Play Snoop Dogg in Universal's N.W.A. Movie (Exclusizzle) - TheWrap". TheWrap. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 10, 2016). "‘Short Term 12’s’ Keith Stanfield to Star With Nat Wolff in Netflix’s ‘Death Note’". Variety. Retrieved June 11, 2016. 
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