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Keith Tyree Powers (born August 22, 1992) is an American actor and model. He is best known for his roles as Ronnie Devoe in BET's mini series The New Edition Story and Tyree in the film Straight Outta Compton.

Keith Powers
Born Keith Powers
August 22, 1992 (age 25)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2009-present
Home town Sacramento, California, U.S.
Family Rodney King, (cousin)


Early life and modeling careerEdit

Powers was born in Sacramento, California, to Jennifer Clark (formerly Powers) and Keith Powers, Sr., the oldest of a family of four children. He started modeling at 9 years old, influenced by his mother, but developed a passion for sports. He played football as a wide receiver at Sheldon High School. After graduating in 2010, he moved to Los Angeles with his father to focus on modeling, signing with the Wilhemina Agency.[1] He walked for Calvin Klein at the 2014 Men's Fashion Week in Milan, modeled in Sears and JCPenny ads, did a cover for Sketchers, and became the face of Aeropostale.[citation needed] He currently is in a relationship with actress Ryan Destiny.

Acting careerEdit

In 2013 Powers landed a role in the movie House Party: Tonight's the Night.[2] After flying to South Africa for shooting, he fell in love with acting and decided to make it his main occupation. He played Gutta in the BET hip hop anthology series Tales,[3] and Cameron Drake in the Netflix original film Reality High.[4] He had a recurring role on the MTV series Faking It[5] and has since become known for his part as Tyree in the film Straight Outta Compton. He was cast as Ronnie DeVoe in The New Edition Story and since April 2017 has co-starred in Famous in Love on Freeform.[2][6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Pretty Little Liars Stringer Guy short appearance
2013 House Party: Tonight's the Night Quentin main role
2014-2015 Faking It Theo recurring role (seasons 1 and 2)
2015 Sin City Saints LaDarius Pope series main
2015 Straight Outta Compton Tyree Biopic based on the Hip-Hop group NWA
2015 Fear the Walking Dead Calvin one-time appearance, Pilot
2016 Recovery Road Zach recurring role
2016 Asterisk Travis Downes main role, short film
2017 The New Edition Story[8] Ronnie DeVoe Biopic based on the R&B group New Edition
2017 Let's Just Be Friends Reggie Helms main role, short concept film
2017 #REALITYHIGH Cameron Drake main role
2017–present Famous in Love[8] Jordan Wilder series regular
2017 Wild 'N Out Himself (guest) Also with the cast of "The New Edition Story"
2017 Before I Fall Patrick cameo
2017 Tales Amari "Gutta" Anderson main role
2017 Maximum Impact special agent Vance


  1. ^ Caraccio, David (March 14, 2017). "Sacramento actor Keith Powers of 'Straight Outta Compton' fame reveals concept trailer for his short film". Sacramento Bee (blog). 
  2. ^ a b Wang, Frances (December 30, 2016). "Keith Powers: From football fields to the red carpet". Sacramento, California: ABC 10. 
  3. ^ Tinubu, Aramide (June 26, 2017). "So ... Here Is Your First Look at BET's New Anthology Series 'Tales'". Jet. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  4. ^ Allen, Kiera. "'#Reality High' is just that — real". The Daily Journal. Kankakee, Illinois. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  5. ^ Dunand, Jérémie (March 21, 2017). "The New Edition Story: coup de projecteur sur Keith Powers, bientôt face à Bella Thorne dans Famous in Love" (interview) (in French). AlloCiné. 
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Karla (April 18, 2017). "Keith Powers Reveals What It Is Like Working With Bella Thorne". J-14. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Hillary Louise (April 17, 2017). "Actor Keith Powers". Sactown magazine. 
  8. ^ a b Cerón, Ella (April 18, 2017). "This Is the 'Famous in Love' Character Keith Powers Says He Can Relate to Most". Teen Vogue. Retrieved January 1, 2018. 

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