Lakeith Lee Stanfield (born August 12, 1991), sometimes credited as Keith Stanfield, is an American actor and rapper. He made his feature film debut in the independent drama Short Term 12 (2013), for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He received further recognition for his roles in numerous biopics, as civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson in Selma (2014), Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton (2015), and Patrick Haynes in Snowden (2016).
Stanfield at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Lakeith Lee Stanfield
August 12, 1991
|Other names||Keith Stanfield|
Stanfield also played leading and supporting roles in the critically acclaimed films Dope (2015), Get Out (2017), Sorry to Bother You (2018), Uncut Gems (2019) and Knives Out (2019). Since 2016, he has starred in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta.
Lakeith Lee Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, on August 12, 1991, and grew up in Riverside and Victorville. He has said that he "grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides". He decided to become an actor when he was 14, after joining his high school's drama club. He attended the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Los Angeles, where he was signed by an agency and began auditioning for commercials.
Stanfield's first role was in the short film Short Term 12 (2009), Destin Daniel Cretton's thesis project at San Diego State University, which won the Jury Award for U.S. Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. A year later, he appeared in the short film Gimme Grace (2010) before giving up acting for several years. He went on to work a number of different jobs such as roofing and gardening, and jobs at AT&T and a legal marijuana dispensary, before he was contacted by Cretton to reappear in a feature-length adaptation of Short Term 12. It was his first feature film role. During production, Stanfield practiced method acting, distancing himself from the other cast members like his character. He was the only actor to appear in both the short and feature versions. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 South by Southwest film festival, and Stanfield was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.
In 2014, Stanfield co-starred in The Purge: Anarchy and Selma, in the latter playing civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. In 2015, he appeared in the films Memoria and Miles Ahead. He also starred in the fantasy horror thriller film King Ripple by filmmaker Luke Jaden, and appeared in the music video for the Run the Jewels song "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)". In 2015, he portrayed rapper Snoop Dogg in the biopic Straight Outta Compton. In 2017, he was in the Netflix-distributed production of Adam Wingard's adaptation of the popular Japanese fantasy-thriller manga series Death Note. Also in 2017, he starred in the music video for the song "Cold Little Heart" by English singer Michael Kiwanuka, and appeared in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out. The same year, he was cast in the science-fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You, which was released July 6, 2018 to critical acclaim. In 2019, Stanfield starred as Nate Davis in the Netflix romantic comedy film Someone Great.
Stanfield is a member of a band named Moors.
|2016–present||Atlanta||Darius Epps||15 episodes|
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Duo (shared with Brian Tyree Henry)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|2018||Random Acts of Flyness||Himself||Episode: "What Are Your Thoughts Raising Free Black Children?"|
|2015||"Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)"||Run the Jewels||Kid|
|2017||"Cold Little Heart"||Michael Kiwanuka|
|2017||Changers: A Dance Story|
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