Lakeith Stanfield

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LaKeith Stanfield
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Stanfield at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
LaKeith Lee Stanfield

(1991-08-12) August 12, 1991 (age 30)
Other namesKeith Stanfield
Years active2008–present

LaKeith Lee Stanfield (born August 12, 1991) is an American actor and musician. He made his feature film debut in Short Term 12 (2013), for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He received further recognition for his roles in the films Selma (2014), Straight Outta Compton (2015), Crown Heights (2017), Sorry to Bother You (2018), and Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), the lattermost of which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Stanfield has also appeared in the films Dope (2015), Get Out (2017), Uncut Gems (2019), Knives Out (2019), The Photograph (2020) and The Harder They Fall (2021), and starred in the series Atlanta (2016–present), for which he won a Black Reel Award for Television. He has also been nominated for a Critics' Choice Movie Award, a Gotham Award, two Satellite Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Black Reel Awards.

Early life[edit]

LaKeith Lee Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, on August 12, 1991,[1][2] and grew up in Riverside and Victorville.[3] His mother's name is Karen.[4] He has said that he "grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides".[5] He decided to become an actor when he was 14 after joining his high school's drama club. He attended the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Los Angeles,[5] where he was signed by an agency and began auditioning for commercials.[3]


Stanfield's first acting role was in the short film Short Term 12 , Destin Daniel Cretton's thesis project at San Diego State University, which won the Jury Award for U.S. Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[5] A year later, he appeared in the short film Gimme Grace (2010). While continuing to keep his dreams of acting alive,[6] he went on to work a number of different jobs such as roofing and gardening, and jobs at AT&T and a legal marijuana dispensary, before he was contacted by Cretton to reappear in a feature-length adaptation of Short Term 12. It was his first feature film role.[7] During production, Stanfield practiced method acting, distancing himself from the other cast members like his character.[3] He was the only actor to appear in both the short and feature versions.[8] The film 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.[7]

In 2014, Stanfield co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy[7] and Selma, in the latter playing civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. In 2015, he appeared in the films Memoria[5] and Miles Ahead.[9] He also starred in the fantasy horror thriller film King Ripple by filmmaker Luke Jaden,[10] and appeared in the music video for the Run the Jewels song "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)".[11] In 2015, he portrayed rapper Snoop Dogg in the biopic Straight Outta Compton.[12] In 2017, he played L in Adam Wingard's adaptation of the popular Japanese fantasy-thriller manga series Death Note, for Netflix. Also that year, he starred in the music video for the song "Cold Little Heart" by English singer Michael Kiwanuka,[13] and appeared in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.[14] In 2018, he starred as Cassius "Cash" Green in the critically acclaimed dark comedy film Sorry to Bother You.[15][16]

In 2019, Stanfield starred as Nate Davis in the Netflix romantic comedy film Someone Great. In the same year, he played Lieutenant Elliot in the mystery film Knives Out.[17] He had starring roles in the films The Photograph (2020) and Judas and the Black Messiah (2021). His portrayal of FBI informant William O'Neal in the latter was critically acclaimed and garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[18][19]

Music career[edit]

Stanfield performs under the stage name Htiekal and is currently working on his debut album, Self Control.[20] He is a member of a band named Moors.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Stanfield has been in a relationship with actress Xosha Roquemore since 2015. They have a daughter born in June 2017.[4][21] He lives in the Hollywood Hills.[22]

In May 2021, Stanfield's presence as a moderator on an anti-Semitic chat room on Clubhouse was criticized. Stanfield stated that he had joined the chat room and remained in it after the participants made him a moderator, admitting fault for not leaving or ending the discussion "when several users made abhorrent anti-Semitic statements."[23] Stanfield apologized and stated that he only joined to learn more about Louis Farrakhan and anti-Semitic beliefs from a purely educational standpoint. Some rebuked his response by pointing to a 2013 music video of his called "Swastikas and Bones", featuring imagery of a swastika on his forehead.[24][23]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Short Term 12 Mark Short film
2013 Short Term 12 Marcus
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Young Ghoul Face
Selma Jimmie Lee Jackson
The Fires, Howling The Staying One Short film
2015 King Ripple King Ripple Short film
The Ferguson Case, Verbatim Dorian Johnson[25] Short film
Tracks Lawrence
Dope Marquis a.k.a. Bug
Straight Outta Compton Snoop Dogg
Miles Ahead Junior
Memoria Max
2016 Live Cargo Lewis
Hard World for Small Things Sev Short film
Snowden Patrick Haynes
2017 Crown Heights Colin Warner
Get Out Andre Hayworth / Logan King
The Incredible Jessica James Damon
War Machine Corporal Billy Cole
Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town George
Death Note Lebensborn Atubia / L
Quest Diego
2018 Sorry to Bother You Cassius "Cash" Green
Come Sunday Reggie
The Girl in the Spider's Web Edwin Needham
Time of Day Himself Short film[26]
2019 Someone Great Nate Davis
Uncut Gems Demany
Knives Out Detective Lieutenant Elliot
2020 The Photograph Michael Block
2021 Judas and the Black Messiah William O'Neal
The Harder They Fall Cherokee Bill
2023 Haunted Mansion Tour Guide Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Atlanta Darius Epps 15 episodes
2018 Random Acts of Flyness Himself Episode: "What are your thoughts on raising free black children?"
2019–20 BoJack Horseman Guy (voice) 7 episodes
2020 The Eric Andre Show Himself 2 episodes-co host
2021 Yasuke Yasuke (voice) 6 episodes; also executive producer

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2014 "When My Train Pulls In" Gary Clark Jr. Keith
2015 "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" Run the Jewels Kid
2017 "Moonlight" Jay-Z Chandler
"Cold Little Heart" Michael Kiwanuka
2022 "I Hate U" SZA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Short Term 12 Chicago International Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Performance Won [27]
Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Original Song Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Original Score Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Original Song Nominated
2015 Tracks 24FPS International Short Film Festival Special Jury Citation Won
2015 Selma Georgia Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Nominated
2015 Straight Outta Compton Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Won
2018 Sorry to Bother You Gotham Awards Best Actor Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor in a Comedy Nominated
2018 Get Out Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2019 Atlanta Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2021 Judas and the Black Messiah Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actor Nominated
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [19]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated [28]
The Harder They Fall Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated


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  22. ^ Lewis, Tim (February 28, 2021). "Lakeith Stanfield: 'I don't hold anything back'". The Guardian. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
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  28. ^ "NAACP Image Awards". NAACP Image Awards. February 26, 2022.

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