Oscar Award-Winning Director, Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) admits that Eli’s emotional performance in his up-coming Amazon Studios series made him cry. Standing at 66, the former college basketball standout continues to amaze production teams with his ability to deliver his characters. He is considered by far one of the more talented actors in his category. Hi is not just a Big Presence, he is Big Talent. In recent years, Eli has managed to gather quite a few impressive credits. He currently awaits the release of a few projects including The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, an Untitled confidential feature film, and an episode on The CW series, Dynasty. He is beyond excited about his contribution to the highly sought after mini series, The Underground Rail Road. Most remember Eli’s performance in the following films: The Hate You Give, Hidden Figures, Sleepless, Baby Driver, and Uncle Drew. He is not a stranger to the television world either. Eli made several trips to Tyler Perry Studios. Two of his stops were to perform on the set of Greenleaf and The Haves and Have Nots. Some of the other television credits include but are not limited to, Mind Hunter, Cobra Kai, Survivor’s Remorse, Tales, and Game of Silence. Prior to acting, Eli has become quite familiar with the production side of the business. He has worked on several sets as a Production Assistant and several other behind the scene roles. He also served as Associate & Assistant Producers for The Monique Show and Sunday’s Best, BET.
In addition to acting on television and film, Eli is quite the comedian and can also sing. He is known for his impersonations of Barak Obama in which has been featured on numerous radio markets such as ClearChannel and iHeart Radio. He is also often mistaken for the looks of his friend and future Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’neal. Due to their resemblance, Eli often serves as Shaq’s on-set Stand-In.