Elijah Kelley (born August 1, 1986) is an American actor, singer, and dancer. He appeared in films such as 28 Days (2000), Take the Lead (2006), Hairspray (2007), and Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013).
Kelley was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia. He attended Long Cane Middle School and Troup County High School, where he participated in the school's show choir for years. As a child, he starred in Coca-Cola commercials and played a role in the film Mamma Flora's Family. He also performed in a church choir and gospel band with his family. His parents, determined to keep their son down to earth, went with him when he moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school.
In 2007, Kelley starred in the film adaptation of Hairspray. Both his performance and the film received positive reviews. On December 2, 2011, Kelley sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. He is the first choice to play Bobby Brown in the Untitled New Edition Biopic.
Mama Flora's Family
A Lesson Before Dying
Rome & Jewel
Take the Lead
Seaweed J. Stubbs
Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble Of The Year,
Young Hollywood Award for One to Watch,
Nominated - Critics Choice Award
Samuel "Joker" George
Boys of Abu Ghraib
Everybody Hates Chris
Episode: "Everybody Hates the Babysitter"
Episode: "The OG"
Dirty Sexy Money
Episode: "The Facts"
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