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Date Of BirthAugust 1, 1986
FactWas ranked #30 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).

Elijah Kelley is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his roles in the films Hairspray, Red Tails and The Butler.

Kelley was born on August 1, 1986 in LaGrange, Georgia, to parents who were both in the military. His father was a pilot and his mother was a nurse. Kelley has two older sisters. He was raised in a strict Baptist household.

Kelley attended LaGrange High School. He was a talented singer and was a member of the school choir. He also played football and ran track. After graduation, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles on a track scholarship.

Kelley’s acting career began with a small role in the film Drumline (2002). He has since appeared in such films as Hairspray (2007), Red Tails (2012) and The Butler (2013). He has also guest-starred on television shows such as CSI: Miami and Numb3rs.

Kelley’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million. He has earned his wealth through his acting roles and endorsements. He is currently single and does not have any children.

General Info

Full NameElijah Kelley
Date Of BirthAugust 1, 1986
Height1.69 m
ProfessionActor, Dancer, Singer
EducationTroup County High School


AwardsCritics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song
MoviesThe Wiz Live!, Strange Magic, The Boys of Abu Ghraib, The Butler, Red Tails, Hairspray, Take the Lead, Rome & Jewel, 28 Days

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1Growing up in Georgia, it was sort of the last place to jump on the bandwagon of the integrated frontier.. I have aunts and uncles and grandparents that experienced the 'whites only" and segregated schools. Their experiences are very real and ...I wanted to be part of cinematic history in exploring how ridiculous the separation of these two cultures was.
2I'm an actor. I'm a singer. And I dance. To be able to do all these things is amazing. And to have similar-minded people all around you, doing what you love, is even more amazing.


1Coming out with his debut album 'Love Letters', due out in September 2008 [July 2008]
2Was ranked #30 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
3Awarded the key to the city (La Grange) in July 2007.
4After high school graduation he moved with his family to Los Angeles to pursue his career seriously.
5As a child he performed in a gospel band in his hometown and appeared in several Coca-Cola commercials.
6He is establishing the Elijah Kelley Foundation in his hometown of LaGrange, GA to help local children follow their dreams. The Elijah Kelley Center for Performing Arts will offer music, dance, and drama classes.




The New Edition Story2017TV Movie completedAdult Ricky Bell
The New Edition Story2017TV Series post-productionRicky Bell
The Wiz Live!2015TV MovieScarecrow
Strange Magic2015Sunny (voice)
Boys of Abu Ghraib2014Tunde
The Butler2013/ICharlie Gaines (15-18)
Red Tails2012Samuel 'Joker' George
Dirty Sexy Money2009TV SeriesElon Elder
Rome & Jewel2008Ben
Heavens Fall2006Leroy Wright
Take the Lead2006Danjou
Numb3rs2006TV SeriesAnthony
Everybody Hates Chris2005TV SeriesGuy
The Shield2005TV SeriesJaymon
28 Days2000Darnell
A Lesson Before Dying1999TV MovieClarence
Mama Flora's Family1998TV Mini-SeriesYoung Willie


Strange Magic2015performer: "Three Little Birds", "Three Little Birds Dark Forest Version", "Say Hey", "Three Little Birds Reprise", "Three Little Birds Encore"
This Is 402012performer: "You Can't Stop the Beat"
Hairspray2007performer: "Run and Tell That" 2001, "Without Love" 2001, "You Can't Stop the Beat" 2001, "Come So Far Got So Far To Go"


The Making of the Wiz Live!2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Today2015TV SeriesHimself
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Scream Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Hairspray: Inside the Recording Booth2007Video documentary shortHimself
You Can't Stop the Beat: The Long Journey of 'Hairspray'2007Video documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2007TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHimself
'Hairspray' Extentions2007Video documentary shortHimself
It's 'Hairspray'!2007Video documentary shortHimself
2006 MTV Movie Awards2006TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2008Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleHairspray (2007)
2008Ensemble Cast AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalHairspray (2007)
2007Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearHairspray (2007)

Nominated Awards

2016BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmStrange Magic (2015)
2008Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest SongHairspray (2007)
2008Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastHairspray (2007)
2008OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original SongHairspray (2007)
2008OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongHairspray (2007)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureHairspray (2007)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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