Elijah Kelley

Georgia native Elijah Kelley is an African-American performer most widely known for his role as Seaweed J. Stubbs in the 2007 feature musical adaptation of John Waters' "Hairspray". Kelley's first significant screen ... Read more »
Born: 08/01/1986

Filmography

Actor (12)

Strange Magic 2015 (Movie)

Sunny (Voice)

The Boys of Abu Ghraib 2014 (Movie)

Tunde (Actor)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Charlie Gaines(15-18) (Actor)

Red Tails 2012 (Movie)

Samuel "Joker" George (Actor)

Dirty Sexy Money 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Seaweed (Actor)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

Danjou (Actor)

Heaven's Fall 2005 (Movie)

Leroy Wright (Actor)

28 Days 2000 (Movie)

Darnell (Actor)

A Lesson Before Dying (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Flora's Family (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Strange Magic 2015 (Movie)

("Three Little Birds (Dark Forest Version)") (Song Performer)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("You Can't Stop The Beat") (Song Performer)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

("Run And Tell That") (Song Performer)

Biography

Georgia native Elijah Kelley is an African-American performer most widely known for his role as Seaweed J. Stubbs in the 2007 feature musical adaptation of John Waters' "Hairspray". Kelley's first significant screen role was portraying a younger version of Blair Underwood's character in the 1998 TV movie "Mama Flora's Family". The following year, he appeared in another period television drama, "A Lesson Before Dying", featuring Don Cheadle and Mekhi Phifer, and played a supporting part in the big-screen drama "28 Days", starring Sandra Bullock. After a series of one-off TV spots, including guest appearances on the crime series "The Shield" and the comedy show "Everybody Hates Chris", Kelley was featured in the dance-oriented drama "Take the Lead", with Antonio Banderas and Alfre Woodard. In 2007, Kelley won his signature role, as Seaweed, an accomplished dancer in the big-screen remake of "Hairspray", which proved to be a sizable hit. Following a supporting part in "Rome & Jewel", an inner-city update of William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet", and a guest spot on the TV drama "Dirty Sexy Money", Kelley took a break from screen acting, but resurfaced in 2012's "Red Tails", a World War II-era film produced by George Lucas and co-starring fellow up-and-coming black actors Tristan Wilds and Nate Parker.

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