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Elimu Nelson

Born in Orange, New Jersey, Elimu (prounounced E-lee-moo, meaning knowledge and education in Swahili) was destined for stardom from the very beginning. Raised in Milton, Massachusetts, the eldest of two he excelled in basketball and soccer at an early age and received numerous scholarship offers to division II and III schools while in high school. ... See full bio »

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 2017 Web Cam Girls (completed)
Detective Rhodes
 2017 Girl on the Side (Short) (completed)
Detective Erikson
 2017 Metamorphosis (TV Series)
 2017 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television (TV Series)
- Eight Is the New Se7en (2017) ... Ronnie
 2017 Gates of Darkness
Randy O'Connor
 2016 Castle (TV Series)
Frank Patchett
- Dead Again (2016) ... Frank Patchett
 2016 Bleed
 2016/IV The Neighbor (Short)
 2015 Ex-Best (TV Series)
- Episode #1.11 ... Drew
- Episode #1.6 ... Drew
- Episode #1.5 ... Drew
- Episode #1.4 ... Drew
- Episode #1.3 ... Drew
 2015/II The Summoning
Detective Strickland
 2015 Modern Family (TV Series)
Officer Clemons
- The Big Guns (2015) ... Officer Clemons
 2015 My Favorite Five
 2014 Hit the Floor (TV Series)
- Playing Dirty (2014) ... Andrew
 2014 Whatever She Wants (Video)
 2013 Dear Secret Santa (TV Movie)
 2013 Things Never Said
 2013 House of Lies (TV Series)
- Til Death Do Us Part (2013) ... Kevin
- Liability (2013) ... Kevin
 2012 Malachi IX (Short)
Chip Gordon
 2012 The Game (TV Series)
Adisa Edwards
- The Black People Episode (2012) ... Adisa Edwards
 2011/II Fugue
 2011 Bat $#*! Crazy
 2011 Happy Endings (TV Series)
- Like Father, Like Gun (2011) ... Fireman
 2011 Doorways (Short)
David Simon
 2008-2009 'Til Death (TV Series)
- The Ex-Factor (2009) ... Rick
- Circumdecision (2008) ... Rick (uncredited)
 2009 Dance Flick
Prison Guard
 2008 The Starter Wife (TV Series)
- Das Booty Call (2008) ... Foz
 2008 Prison Break (TV Series)
- Blow Out (2008) ... Guard
 2007 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Det. Bowie
- About Face (2007) ... Det. Bowie
 2007/I Unspeakable
Neal Knox
 2007 Private Practice (TV Series)
Greg O'Brien
 2007 Rx (TV Movie)
 2007 Kujo, My Love (Short)
 2006 The Hard Easy
Stephen McKinley
 2005 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (TV Series)
- To Catch a Thief (2005) ... Eddie
 2004 Angel (TV Series)
- Power Play (2004) ... Ernesto
 2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing
Dru Hilton
 2002 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
James Strickland
- Meat Me in the Park (2002) ... James Strickland
 2002 Arli$$ (TV Series)
D'Agostino Mills
- In with the New (2002) ... D'Agostino Mills
 2002 The Shield (TV Series)
Derrick Tripp
- The Spread (2002) ... Derrick Tripp
 2001 Providence (TV Series)
Set Aid
- Civil Unrest (2001) ... Set Aid
 2001 When Billie Beat Bobby (TV Movie)
Basketball Brother
 2000 The Parkers (TV Series)
- Election 2000 (2000) ... Reuben
 2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
Officer Stender
- To Halve or Halve Not (2000) ... Officer Stender
 2000 Love & Sex
Jerome Davis
 1999 JAG (TV Series)
Pvt. William Clauson
- Front and Center (1999) ... Pvt. William Clauson
 1999 Undressed (TV Series)
Todd J. Douglas
- The Wrapper and the Rapper #2 (1999) ... Todd J. Douglas
 1999 Passing Glory (TV Movie)
 1998 V.I.P. (TV Series)
- Val Got Game (1998) ... Reggie
 1997 Pacific Blue (TV Series)
Jamal Rasheed
- Only in America (1997) ... Jamal Rasheed
  Run (Short)
Henchman 1
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Was a reserve guard on the Syracuse University basketball team for three seasons (1994-1996), and played in the National Championship game in 1996.

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