Kelvin Taylor (actor)
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Kelvin Lewis Taylor
January 18, 1985
|Known for||Born to Dance, Come Dine with Me New Zealand, Spartacus (TV series), Power Rangers Megaforce|
|Television||James Patterson's Murder Is Forever, The Shannara Chronicles, Ash vs Evil Dead|
Kelvin Lewis Taylor (born January 18, 1985, in Hampton, Virginia), is an American born New Zealand actor based in Auckland. His film appearances include the documentary "The Golden Hour". The documentary received an International Emmy nomination for the Best Documentary Award at the 41st International Emmy Awards. Taylor appeared on the second week of the first season of Come Dine with Me New Zealand.
Taylor was raised in Newport News, Virginia along with a fraternal twin sister, Princess Taylor. His ethnic heritage links him to Nigerian Moors; he is of African, British, German, Irish, and French descent. He considers himself a product of human trafficking. His mother, Rhonda (Taylor) Clark, was a playwright who was orphaned in New Orleans and relocated to New York City. His biological father Kelvin Lewis Pittman was a former narcotics dealer turned user. Due to his father's substance abuse, he was raised in a single-parent home in the Section 8 projects of Stuart Gardens. Taylor's family was one of the millions of African American families displaced by Exclusionary zoning. Taylor made his stage debut in 1990 at the age of 5, playing the lead role in a kindergarten production of The Gingerbread Man. When he was 11, his family relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Taylor began modeling at age 19 for the Shmack Clothing in collaboration with Billionaire Boys Club / BAPE. An altercation would later hinder his modeling career and lead him into undergoing emergency plastic surgery. It was later revealed according to a 2020 article in The New Zealand Herald the attack was racially motivated. After making friendships on social-media website MySpace, a trip to Sydney, Australia and Perth, Western Australia in 2008 lead him into acting after signing up to a roommates short film as a breakdancer for Edith Cowan University. He later would appeared in several national, international commercials and several music videos for the likes of N.E.R.D, Fam-Lay feat. Pharrell Williams. Humble beginnings, he would find a start as a background actor in Spartacus before showing up on New Zealand's Three (TV channel).
Taylor went on to make guest appearances in Ash vs Evil Dead, The Shannara Chronicles and James Patterson's Murder Is Forever. He was cast as Malcolm X in American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, however the role was cancelled as production opted to use archived footage instead. He was also a student of Meisner Technique instructor Michael Saccenté, acting coach of Karl Urban and Antony Starr (The Boys).
As of 2008, Kelvin Taylor resides between Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Having appearing on Adult Swim's FishCenter Live and Post Malone's Goodbyes (Post Malone song) Music Video, he was recently cast in Season 2 of Gēmusetto: Death Beat(s)
|2013||Hadir and The Deep||Sayed|
|2014||Born with Happiness||Danny|
|2015||Born to Dance||African American Dance Crew Leader|
|2016||Electro City 3||Dynamite||Short Film|
|2018||The Breaker Upperers||Party Goer (as "Kelvin Taylor)|
|2020||Surge of Power: Surge of Dawn||Benny|
|2020||World War Four||Dave Bradley|
|2021||Last Star||Jaks (Ranger 3)||(Post-Production)|
|2021||Into The Unknown||Brad||(Post-production)|
|2013||Power Rangers Super Megaforce||Cyclist||1 Episode "Power of Six"|
|2014||Oddball's||Jayden||TV mini series|
|2015||Come Dine with Me New Zealand||Himself||5 Episodes (fifth Place)|
|2016||Ash vs Evil Dead||Orderly||2 Episodes|
|2017||American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story||Malcolm X||TV Documentary Series, 1 episode|
|2017||The Shannara Chronicles||Crimson Guard||1 Episode|
|2018||James Patterson's Murder is Forever||Detective (Fisher)||1 Episode|
|2018||Nigel Latta's Mind Over Money 2||Himself||1 Episode|
|2018||Vida (TV series)||Kissing Couple (Afro-Latino Male)||1 Episode|
|2018||Criminal Confessions (TV series)||Brian Golsby||1 Episode|
|2018||America's Court with Judge Ross||Scott Goggins||1 Episode|
|2018||Funny You Should Ask (2017 game show)||as "Kelvin Taylor"||1 Episode|
|2019||FishCenter Live||Himself||2 Episodes|
|2019||Action Figure Miles||Maurice||1 Episode|
|2020||No Limit Chronicles||Big Ed||1 Episode|
|2020||Gēmusetto: Death Beat(s)||Kelvin||2 Episodes|
|2021||The War At Home||Stan Gatland||1 Episode|
|2012||The Golden Hour||George Kerr||Nominated Best Documentary Award at 2013 International Emmy Award|
|2007||Da Beeper Record||Fam-Lay feat Pharrell Williams||Night Club Entourage|
|2008||Everyone Nose||N.E.R.D||Party Goer|
|2010||Maori Boy||JGeek and the Geeks||Breakdancer|
|2012||Black, White and Blue||Ladyhawke||Camp MUA|
|2015||Don't Hang Around Here||Sir T||MMA Fighter|
|2016||Kind of Love||MAALA||Sensual Male|
|2016||Ones Cycle||Yokozuna feat Bailey Wiley||Himself|
|2016||When I Leave||Maaka & White Wall||Motorcyclist Boyfriend|
|2017||YES||Yokozuna feat Heavy & LarzRanda||African American Boyfriend|
|2017||The Sweetest Meditation||Lord Echo feat Mara TK||Himself|
|2018||Voltron||Yokozuna||Drakkus (Level 17 Warlock)|
|2018||I'm So 90's (Neo Jack Swing Mix)||Lewis City||Twin|
|2018||Gabruu Nu||Diljit Dosanjh||Dancer Entourage|
|2018||Lifted||Parker Bossley||Graffiti Artist|
|2018||ReDerik||Locksmith (rapper)||Locksmiths Crew|
|2018||From The Outside||Real Friends (band)||Photographer|
|2018||Boomin In Your Jeep||Crystal Fighters||Burning Man Dancer|
|2018||Shanter Claus||William Shatner||Freestyle Dancer|
|2018||We Will Meet Once Again||Andrea Bocelli||South African Young Man|
|2018||Prom Queen||Lil Kloroxxx Bart Baker||Goldie Wilson|
|2018||BURN IT||The Fever 333||Alt Teen|
|2018||BlackAss||Rakeem Miles||ROM the Android|
|2019||World War X||Carnifex (band)||Nightmare|
|2019||Take It Easy feat.Smokepurpp||Octavian (rapper)||Crew|
|2019||Que lo Que||Social Club Misfits||BBoy|
|2019||Goodbyes feat. Young Thug||Post Malone||Donnie's Best Friend|
|2019||Icy||Itzy||Single Male Patron|
|2019||Blurry||Crown The Empire||Dream Guy|
|2019||Proofread feat. Wiz Khalifa||Famous Dex||Single Male Patron|
|2019||Eres Top feat. DJ Snake & Sean Combs||Ozuna||Punk Alien Leader|
- "Fck up Nights Akl. A celebration of business failure stories". Meet Up. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Kelvin Taylor: An American in NZ during Black Lives Matter". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
- "'5 Broken Cameras' wins Emmy". Y Net News. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Spy: Has romance bloomed on Come Dine with Me?". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "New Zealand American Actor Kelvin Taylor". Dark Magazine. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
- "Meet Kelvin Taylor". Voyage LA. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
- ""Ash vs. Evil Dead" actor from Hampton Roads keeps showbiz dreams alive in New Zealand". Pilot Online. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "New Zealand American actor Kelvin Taylor on his road Down Under to Inspire the Masses & those of African Diaspora". WRDE NBC Coast TV. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
- "Obituary: The Final Course – Our Ultimate Come Dine With Me NZ Contestant Power Rankings". The Spin Off. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Going Far and Finding Yourself: Actor Kelvin Taylor's Story". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Interview with Kelvin Taylor: Actor". Biz.Me. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
- "Kelvin Taylor - Post Malone Trivia on FishCenter". Vimeo. October 21, 2019.
- "Kelvin Taylor Stars in Adult Swim's Gemusetto Mach Picchu Season 2". Dark Magazine Medium. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
- "Kelvin Taylor Profile". IMDB. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Holiday Specials in Super Megaforce?". The Power Scoop Blog. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Ladyhawke – Black White & Blue". LadyhawkeVEVO. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Yoko-Zuna – Yes (feat. Heavy & Randa) [Official Music Video]". Yoko-Zuna NZ. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
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