Stanfield at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Lakeith Lee Stanfield
August 12, 1991
|Other names||Keith Stanfield|
|Partner(s)||Xosha Roquemore (2015–present)|
Stanfield made his feature film debut in the 2013 independent drama Short Term 12, for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He received further recognition for his appearances in numerous biographical films, including as civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson in Selma (2014), Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton (2015), and Patrick Haynes in Snowden (2016).
Stanfield also starred in the action horror film The Purge: Anarchy (2014), the comedy-drama film Dope (2015), the horror film Get Out (2017), the fantasy-thriller film Death Note (2017), the thriller The Girl in the Spider's Web and the science fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You (both 2018).
Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, and grew up in Riverside and Victorville, California. He has said that he "grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides". He decided to become an actor when he was 14, when he joined his high school's drama club. He attended the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Los Angeles where he was signed by an agency manager and began auditioning for commercials.
Stanfield is a poet and rap artist. He is a member of a band named Moors.
His first role was in the short film Short Term 12 (2009), filmmaker 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. A year later, Stanfield appeared in the short film Gimme Grace (2010), before he gave up acting for several years. He went on to work a number of different jobs—roofing, gardening, at AT&T, and at 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. During the film's production, Stanfield practiced method acting, distancing himself from the other cast members like his character, Marcus. He was the only actor to appear in both the short and feature versions.
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.
In 2014, Stanfield co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy and Selma, in the latter playing civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. He appeared in James Franco's film Memoria and in Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead. He also starred in the fantasy horror thriller film King Ripple by Michigan filmmaker Luke Jaden, and appeared in the music video for the Run the Jewels song "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)". In 2015, he portrayed rapper Snoop Dogg in the biopic Straight Outta Compton. In 2017, he was in the Netflix-distributed production of Adam Wingard's adaptation of the popular Japanese fantasy-thriller manga series Death Note. Also in 2017, he starred in the music video for the song "Cold Little Heart" by English singer Michael Kiwanuka, and appeared in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out. The same year, he was cast in the science-fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You, which was released July 6, 2018 to critical acclaim.
|2016–present||Atlanta||Darius Epps||15 episodes|
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Duo (shared with Brian Tyree Henry)
Pending – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|2018||Random Acts of Flyness||1 episode|
|2015||"Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)"||Run The Jewels||Kid|
|2017||"Cold Little Heart"||Michael Kiwanuka||Main Character|
|2017||Changers: A Dance Story|
|2008||Short Term 12||Mark|
|2014||The Fires, Howling||The Staying One|
|2015||King Ripple||King Ripple|
|The Ferguson Case, Verbatim||Dorian Johnson||New York Times Op-Doc|
|Tracks||Lawrence||24FPS International Short Film Festival Award for Best Actor|
|2016||Hard World for Small Things||Sev|
|2018||Time of Day||Himself|||
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