Kelly Mantle

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Kelly Mantle
Kelly Mantle COAW Premiere (cropped).jpg
Mantle at premiere of "Confessions of a Womanizer" at the Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California, March 2014
Born (1976-07-09) July 9, 1976 (age 41)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, drag performer, singer-songwriter, musician, comedian
Years active 1996–present
Musical career
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums

Kelly Mantle (born July 9, 1976) is an American actor, singer/songwriter, comedian, musician, drag queen and reality television personality. Mantle appeared as a contestant on the sixth season of the reality TV show RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life[edit]

Mantle was born in Oklahoma City but grew up in Cordell, Oklahoma.[1][unreliable source?]

Mantle's uncle was professional baseball player Mickey Mantle, who played for the New York Yankees.[2][3] Mantle graduated with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Oklahoma.[4]


After college, Mantle went to Chicago to begin a career as an actor. He acted in plays such as The Convention and Royal Flush.[5][6] Lone Star/Laundry & Bourbon was the first production by OKRA Theatre, a theater company started by Mantle and his friend Tracy Parks, who directed the play.[7][8]

In 1998, Mantle starred in the Chicago production of Charles Busch's play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.[9] After two years of living in Chicago, he moved to Los Angeles.[7] He later auditioned for the Los Angeles production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, where he were scouted and signed by a talent agent.[10]

In Los Angeles, Mantle became a member of the band Sex with Lurch, which was formed by singer Robbie Quinne and guitarist Bernard Yin. As part of the group, Mantle used the stage name "Brandy Warhol". The group disbanded in December 2002. Mantle later joined Quinne's follow-up band, the Barbarellatones.[7][11]

Mantle was also a member of the band Tranzkuntinental. The band was started by Charlie Paulson and Xander Smith and features drag queens Detox, Rhea Litré, Vicky Vox, and Willam Belli.[12][13]

Currently, Mantle is a member of the band the Rollz Royces with Tammie Brown and Michael Catti. Mantle and Catti have appeared in Tammie Brown's Christmas show Holiday Sparkle at Fubar in West Hollywood.[14]

In 2014 Mantle starred in Confessions of a Womanizer with Gary Busey. The film was released in 2016. Mantle, who is genderfluid, made history when the film's producers sought both supporting actor and supporting actress consideration for his performance and The Academy granted the request.[15]

RuPaul's Drag Race[edit]

In December 2013, Logo announced that Mantle was among fourteen drag queens who would be competing on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[16] She was eliminated in the first episode, lip-synching to Express Yourself against Vivacious.[17]



  • Ever Changing (2002)
  • Rock-N-Glow (2004)
  • Satellite Baby (2006)


Song Year Album
"My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" 2013 Non-album single
"Main Event" 2014 RuPaul Presents: The Covergurlz
"Eliminated" (featuring Bownce and Wendy Ho) Non-album single
"Keyboard Courage" 2015 Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Director
"Satellite Baby" 2007 N/A
"My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" 2013 Andrew Putschoegl
"Main Event" 2014 N/A
"Eliminated" 2014 Kija Manharé
"Keyboard Courage" 2015 Gordon Cowie



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Convent Dickie-Boy
2000 True Rights Cleo
2000 Super Duper Maddie Short film
2002 Superfag Apacalipstick Short film
2004 Straight Eye: The Movie Himself Short film
2004 Buds for Life Sierra Bonita
2006 The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down Drag Queen
2013 American Dream Katrina Post-production
2013 Confessions of a Womanizer Ginger


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Undressed Howie Episode: "Love It or Leave It Again"
2003 NYPD Blue Dan "Monika" Hoffnagle 2 episodes
2003 Nip/Tuck Transgender Woman #2 Episode: "Sofia Lorez Part II"
2003 10-8: Officers on Duty Raven Episode: "Badlands"
2003 Cold Case Drag Performer #2 Episode: "A Time to Hate"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bartender Episode: "Ch-Ch-Changes"
2004 Judging Amy Velvet Episode: "Order and Chaos"
2005 George Lopez Deep Voice Singer Episode: "George Buys a Vow"
2005 Eve Rudy Episode: "Moral Minority"
2005 Cuts Peter Episode: "Strictly Bizz-Nass"
2008 The New Adventures of Old Christine Sparkle Episode: "Happy Endings"
2009 Southland Lacey Episode: "See the Woman"
2011 One Night Stand Up Himself Episode: "Dragtastic NYC"
2011 Mike & Molly Steven Episode: "Joyce & Vince And Peaches & Herb"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Kelly Episode: "Palestinian Chicken"
2012 Eagleheart 'Maph Episode: "Little Dude"
2012 Rizzoli & Isles Kitty Episode: "Melt My Heart to Stone"
2012 The New Normal Aubrey Episode: "Pilot"
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself Episode: "RuPaul's Big Opening (Part 1)"
14th place
2018 Lucifer Donovan McCann / Cher Episode: "Let Pinhead Sing!"

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Love On-The-Line Himself Season 1, Episode 9: "The Meet-Cute Part II"


Year Title Role Theatre
1994 Eastern Standard[18] Peter Kidde Rupel Jones Theatre
1994 Red Scare on Sunset[19] Malcolm Sooner Theatre
1994 The Foreigner[20] Ellard Simms Rupel Jones Theatre
1994 Holdenville[21] Rupel Jones Theatre
1995 The Nerd[22] Willum Cubbert Weitzenhoffer Theatre
1995 Lysistrata[23] Weitzenhoffer Theatre
1996 The Convention[5] Sammy Wilcox The Comedy Asylum
1997 Royal Flush[6] Camille Athenaeum Theatre
1997 Lone Star/Laundry & Bourbon[8] Ray/Hattie OKRA Theatre
1998 Four Dogs and a Bone[24] Victor Cafe Voltaire
1998 Vampire Lesbians of Sodom[9] Madeleine Aaah! Capella Theatre Cafe
2004 Dear Bernard[25] Jon Meshelle Court Theatre
2006 Last Easter[26] Gash Laguna Playhouse
2007 All This, And Heaven Too[27] Jo Macha Theatre
2008 The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode[28] Blair Warner Macha Theatre
2010 The Confusion of My Illusion[29] One-person show Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
2010 Love, Connie[30] Bambi Cavern Club
2011 Hollywood Dream Role[31] ACME Comedy Theatre
2011 Charlie! The Death of Nancy Fullforce[28] Kitty Glitter Art/Works Theatre
2012 Valley of the Dolls[32] Sacred Fools Theater Company


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  2. ^ Bommer, Lawrence (May 25, 1998). "Mickey Mantle's Nephew Has 2 Gay-Themed Plays in Chicago". Playbill. Archived from the original on December 8, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Mantle, Kelly. "About". Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kelly Mantle bio". Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Smith, Sid (August 7, 1996). "Chaotic `Convention' Hopelessly Dated, Unfunny". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Smith, Sid (July 9, 1997). "`Royal' Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Ideas". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Deluxe, Bijoux. "Girltalk Magazine". Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Bommer, Lawrence (August 15, 1997). "Oklahoma-texas Laugh Track". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Rauzi, Robin (October 15, 1998). "Campy Neck-Biting: Physical comedy makes lesbian vampires' rivalry hilarious". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Wadewitz, Mikel. "The Right Kind of Attention". Kelly Mantle website. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ Debonne, Greg (2007). "TheBarbarellatones". The Music Manor. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Lecaro, Lina (May 2, 2011). "L.A.'s A Drag: The Reign of Raja, Tranzkuntinental (and Adam Lambert) On Stage and the Dance Floor". LA Weekly. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ Horbelt, Stephan (October 13, 2011). "Scream Queens: Meet the Ghouls of Tranzkuntinental". Frontiers. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ Spargo, Chris (November 21, 2012). "Tammie Brown's Holiday Show Is The Event Of The Season". New Now Next. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (December 9, 2016). "Gender-Fluid Actor Kelly Mantle Makes Oscar History". Variety. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ Beard, Lanford. "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Check out the sickening season 6 supertease and meet the queens -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Last Words With RuPaul's Drag Race's Kelly Mantle". 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2018-06-15. 
  18. ^ Brandenburg, John (February 25, 1994). "Comedy of Manners Provides Delights". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  19. ^ Brandenburg, John (May 13, 1994). "Stone Soup's Blacklisting Era Satire Tries a Bit Too Hard". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  20. ^ Brandenburg, John (July 7, 1993). "OU Comedy Rousing Melodrama". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  21. ^ "OU's "Lysistrata" a Comic Treat". The Oklahoman. September 9, 1995. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  22. ^ "The Nerd delivers guffaws, fun". The Oklahoma Daily. June 27, 1995. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  23. ^ "OU's "Lysistrata" a Comic Treat". The Oklahoman. April 7, 1995. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ Jones, Chris (January 20, 1998). "A Sardonic Look at Hollywood Culture". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  25. ^ Shaner, Madeleine (July 21, 2004). "DEAR BERNARD". Backstage. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  26. ^ Titus, Tom (April 28, 2006). "Comedy, heartache blend in 'Last Easter'". Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  27. ^ Holder, Travis Michael (December 6, 2007). "ALL THIS, AND HEAVEN TOO". Entertainment Today. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "Kelly Mantle Theatre Credits and Profile". About the Artists. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Theater Reviews: The Confusion of My Illusion, The Psychic, Sweet Sue". LA Weekly. April 1, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  30. ^ Morris, Steven Leigh (July 19, 2010). "Stage Raw: Procreation". LA Weekly. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  31. ^ "ACME Comedy Hollywood :: HOLLYWOOD DREAM ROLE!". ACME Comedy Theatre. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  32. ^ Gans, Andrew (September 17, 2012). "Casting Announced for Staged Reading of "Valley of the Dolls"". Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 

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