Kelvin Taylor (actor)

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Kelvin Taylor
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Kelvin Taylor (Actor) by Alex Wallace
Born
Kelvin Lewis Taylor

(1985-01-18) January 18, 1985 (age 34)
Hampton, Virginia, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
NationalityAfrican American
Other namesKelz
CitizenshipAmerican
EducationMeisner technique
OccupationActor
Years active2005–present
Known forBorn to Dance, Come Dine with Me New Zealand, Spartacus (TV series),Power Rangers Megaforce
Home townVirginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
TelevisionJames Patterson's Murder Is Forever, The Shannara Chronicles, Ash vs Evil Dead
Websitekelvintaylor.com

Kelvin Lewis Taylor (born January 18, 1985, Hampton, Virginia, United States) also known as Kelz,[1] is an American actor, dancer, model and voice actor.

Kelvin Taylor with Anna Hutchison and Kimberley Crossman at the 2017 New Zealand film and television awards in Auckland, New Zealand

Taylor started his career as a model back in 2005 for the Shmack Clothing x Billionaire Boys Club / BAPE clothing line collaboration. After Modeling for a couple years, Taylor went on to act on a couple of music videos, working with people like JGeek and the Geeks, N.E.R.D, Pharrell Williams and more. Eventually Taylor progressed his acting career into television, film and presenting. His greatest successful role was on a documentary called "The Golden Hour".[2] The documentary received an International Emmy nomination for the Best Documentary Award at the 41st International Emmy Awards.[3] Taylor appear on the first season of Come Dine with Me New Zealand in the second week, where he came last place.[4][5] Taylor went on to make 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 production cancelled several characters opting to use archived footage instead. He also a student of Meisner Technique instructor Michael Saccenté, Acting coach of Karl Urban and Antony Starr.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title[6] Role Note
2013 Hadir and The Deep Sayed
2014 Born with Happiness Danny
2015 Born to Dance African American Dance Crew Leader
2015 Older City Lover
2016 Electro City 3 Dynamite Short Film
2016 Value Mike Short Film
2016 Alien Addiction DJ
2017 Internecionem Aramon (Post-production)
2017 Into The Unknown Brad (Post-production)
2018 Reset Revolter Short Film
2018 Cottonmouth Johnny
2018 Wake American Soldier
2018 World War Four Dave Bradley (Post-production)
2018 The Breaker Upperers Party Goer (as "Kelvin Taylor)
2018 Surge of Power: Surge of Dawn Benny (post-production)
2019 Last Star Jaks (Ranger 3) (filming)
2019 Project Fear Piers (In-development)

Television[edit]

Year Title[6] Role Note
2011 Spartacus Kraynos 14 episodes
2013 Power Rangers Super Megaforce Cyclist 1 Episode "Power of Six"[7]
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

Documentary[edit]

Year Title[6] Role Note
2012 The Golden Hour George Kerr Nominated Best Documentary Award at 2013 International Emmy Award

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
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[8] 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[9] 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 Checklist Megan Nicole Bachelor
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 H.O.E.S Eearz Goon Fronts
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 Bestfriend
2019 Icy Itzy Single Male Patron

Early life[edit]

Kelvin was born Kelvin Lewis Taylor in Hampton, Virginia with his fraternal twin sister, Princess. His Mother, Rhonda (Taylor) Clark, is an Playwright. His biological father Kelvin Lewis Pittman was a narcotics dealer turned user. Due to his fathers substance abuse, he was raised in a Single-parent home in the section 8 housing projects of Stuart Gardens, the same neighborhood of NBA Hall of Fame athlete Allen Iverson. His family was one of millions of African American families displaced and test subjects of US city zoning laws which origins stems from racial segregated of ethnic groups according to wealth. Taylor's family was subjected to the supposed War on drugs and also the War on Poverty. At age 11, his family relocated and eventually settled in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Kelvin made is stage debut at age 5 in kindergarten as the lead role in The Gingerbread Man. His decision to become involved was inspired by his need to escape the harsh realities of his neigborhood, childhood trauma and the inspiration of his twin sister being cast as Cinderella for Cinderella at the same children's showcase..[10]

Kelvin Taylor

Personal life[edit]

As a young adult, Taylor had to have plastic surgery do to an altercation. Taylor has said that he has learned from the situation saying "...it taught me to reassess and define what a friendship is...".[11] As of 2008, Kelvin Taylor currently resides between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.[12]

Kelvin Taylor's first day on set of Spartacus: Vengeance alongside British actor Peter Mensah

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fck up Nights Akl. A celebration of business failure stories". Meet Up. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Going Far and Finding Yourself: Actor Kelvin Taylor's Story". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "'5 Broken Cameras' wins Emmy". Y Net News. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "Spy: Has romance bloomed on Come Dine with Me?". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Obituary: The Final Course – Our Ultimate Come Dine With Me NZ Contestant Power Rankings". The Spin Off. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Kelvin Taylor Profile". IMDB. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Holiday Specials in Super Megaforce?". The Power Scoop Blog. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ladyhawke – Black White & Blue". LadyhawkeVEVO. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Yoko-Zuna – Yes (feat. Heavy & Randa) [Official Music Video]". Yoko-Zuna NZ. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Meet Kelvin Taylor". Voyage LA. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  11. ^ ""Ash vs. Evil Dead" actor from Hampton Roads keeps showbiz dreams alive in New Zealand". Pilot Online. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Interview with Kelvin Taylor: Actor". Biz.Me. Retrieved December 12, 2018.