Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Kelvin Harrison Jr. (born July 23, 1994) is an American actor. He began his career with small roles in the 2013 films Ender's Game and 12 Years a Slave. His breakthrough performance came as Travis in the 2017 horror film It Comes at Night, and in 2019 he gained wider recognition for his work in Luce and Waves. Harrison Jr. received nominations for the Best Male Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards for the former and the Rising Star Award at the British Academy Film Awards for the latter.
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
|Born||July 23, 1994|
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Early life and educationEdit
Harrison was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to musicians Shirlita and Kelvin Harrison. He grew up in the Garden District and later moved to The Westbank. He studied studio engineering and marketing, before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue acting, where he began taking acting classes. Harrison Jr. is also a skilled musician, mainly playing jazz and gospel on the piano, trumpet, as well as singing. He honed his harmonious skills while studying and recording with the famed Marsalis family.
Harrison attended a private high school, where he was one of the few black kids in his class where he struggled to fit in. He originally went to Loyola University New Orleans to major in studio engineering as his father felt he would excel in music. Harrison ultimately transferred to the University of New Orleans for film, with the goal of writing and directing his own films.
In 2012, Harrison was initially cast as an Ender's Game, based on the 1985 novel. He was upgraded to day-player and got to interact with big names such as Viola Davis, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. Harrison credits Davis with making him take acting more seriously. Harrison then had a small role in 12 Years a Slave. Harrison would later appear in an episode of WGN America's Underground and the 2016 remake of Roots, both of which were produced in his home state of Louisiana. That same year, the actor had a small role in Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation. Harrison was initially hesitant to participate in Roots in part because it would be his fourth portrayal of a slave and because he did not have fond memories of watching the original as a child. In retrospect, Harrison realized just how different the projects were.
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Victim 2|
|The Flight of the Bumblebee||James|
|2015||A Sort of Homecoming||Eliot|
|Dancer and the Dame||Kenny Basset|
|2016||The Birth of a Nation||Simon|
|It Comes at Night||Travis|
|2018||Monsters and Men||Zyrick ("Zee")|
|The Wolf Hour||Freddie|
|2020||The Photograph||Andy Morrison|
|The High Note||David Cliff|
|The Trial of the Chicago 7||Fred Hampton|
|2015||Into the Badlands||Jolyon||Episode: "Chapter V: Snake Creeps Down"|
|2016||Underground||Teenage Runaway||Episode: "The White Whale"|
|2016||Chicago P.D.||Michael Ellis||Episode: "Justice"|
|2016||Roots||Winslow||Episode: "Part 4"|
|2016||Shots Fired||Joey Campbell||3 episodes|
|2016–2017||StartUp||Touie Dacey||12 episodes|
|2017||NCIS: New Orleans||Cadet Lieutenant Commander Max Cabral||Episode: "The Last Stand"|
|2019||Godfather of Harlem||Teddy Greene||Main role (season 1)|
|2016||"One Bad Night"||Main character||by Hayley Kiyoko|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|British Academy Film Awards||Rising Star Award||Waves||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead||Luce||Nominated|
|2021||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||The Trial of the Chicago 7||Won|
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- "Rising Actor Kelvin Harrison Jr. Shines Bright in Upcoming Reboot of Famed Historical Drama 'Roots'". Pitchengine.com. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- Thompson, Martine (August 12, 2020). "Kelvin Harrison Jr. Is Ready to Go Inward". Bon Appétit. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
- Change, Kee (June 9, 2017). "SCREEN TEST: KELVIN HARRISON JR". Anthem. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
- N'Duka, Amanda (March 14, 2018). "'Jinn' Director Gets Personal With Teenage Identity Defining Film – SXSW". Deadline. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
- Hipes, Patrick (October 20, 2017). "Naomi Watts To Star In Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'". Deadline. Retrieved August 12, 2018.