LaKeith Lee Stanfield was born August 12, 1991 and is an American actor and musician.
Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, and grew up in Riverside and Victorville. His mother’s name is Karen. He stated 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). 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.
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 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 played L in Adam Wingard’s adaptation of the popular Japanese fantasy-thriller manga series Death Note, for Netflix. Also that year, 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. In 2018, he starred in the critically acclaimed dark comedy film Sorry to Bother You. In 2019, Stanfield starred as Nate Davis in the Netflix romantic comedy film Someone Great. In 2019, Stanfield played Lieutenant Elliot in the mystery film Knives Out. He played starring roles in the films The Photograph (2020) and Judas and the Black Messiah (2021); portraying FBI informant William O’Neal.
Stanfield performs under the stage name, “Htiekal” and is currently working on his debut album, Self Control. He is a member of a band named Moors.