Everyone knows Echo Kellum as an actor; it is the reason he is famous and why so many people keep up with him. But more than being an actor, he is a comedian and a hip hop artist. He has been a part of the entertainment industry since 2012 and has come to be known for playing Curtis Holt in Arrow, a superhero television series based on the DC Comics character, Green Arrow.
A new generation talent, the thespian is one of those who shine more on the small screen. As much as he is popular for his performance in Arrow, Echo is celebrated for being Hunter in Sean Saves the World and Tommy in Ben and Kate. With an increasing number of projects to his name, it is not out of place that many seek to know what his life looks like away from the screen.
Echo Kellum Was Born And Raised In Chicago
As one could easily predict, the actor is now based in Los Angeles which is the hub of the American entertainment industry. But it was in Chicago, Illinois that he was born, on the 29th of August 1982.
As he is relatively a new face in the industry, details of his biographical facts are hard to come by. Practically nothing is known about his upbringing and the kind of the family he comes from.
Nevertheless, we can tell he wasn’t the only child of his parents; the actor once revealed that he had a brother who passed away unexpectedly. His brother had been a musical artist. The fact that Echo’s late brother was a musician hints at the possibility of his family being one that’s inclined to entertainment. This would explain how becoming an actor became his childhood dream.
He Began His Career With Theater And Comedy Troupes
Even as the schools he attended earlier in life are yet to be disclosed. It is said that Echo Kellum’s passion for entertainment inspired him to attend an acting school and study at various comedy venues. This was after he moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2009.
From what we gathered, he graduated from well-known establishments like the I.O. West, The Groundlings, and Upright Citizen Brigade (UCB). He performed with the latter’s sketch team called New Money and its improv team known as Winslow.
The African-American actor debuted his entertainment career by making appearances in commercials and stage plays. He struggled for a while after he relocated to LA to intensify the pursuit of his career. It was in 2012 that he made his screen debut and it was a sign for better things to come so he kept pressing.
Echo Kellum Made His Screen Debut In The Comedy Bang! Bang! TV Series
Given how popular the actor has become in some quarters, it is difficult to imagine that he was excited to feature as a concerned citizen in a 2012’s episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! titled “Zach Galifianakis Wears a Blue Jacket & Red Socks”.
It was also in 2012 that he began playing Tommy in Ben & Kate which is the first significant role of his acting career. Though the show was a success and went a long way in popularizing him, it was shortlived and lasted for just one season. Echo’s next major role came the following year when he was cast as Hunter in the NBC series Sean Saves the World.
Arrow Remains His Most Notable Project
The actor’s breakthrough role is arguably that of Curtis Holt (Mr. Terrific) in the CW series, Arrow. Kellum first appeared in Arrow in the year 2015 during the show’s fourth season on a recurring basis, before being promoted to series regular in Season 5. While portraying the vigilante role of Mr. Terrific, Echo endeared himself to the industry.
However, in February 2019 and after four seasons with the CW’s project, Kellum left Arrow for family-related reasons. It is also said that he left to pursue other interests such as music, writing, and directing.
Following his exit from the show and the reasons cited for his departure, fans who wanted more of him were worried as it was speculated that it was going to be Kellum’s last TV appearance. That’s hardly the case as the actor is open to exploring other prospects.
Playing ‘Curtis ‘Holt Is Why People Think He’s Gay
There is a thin line between reality and fiction and many actors have been a victim of the confusion it engenders. This became the case for Echo Kellum following his fine portrayal of a gay character in Arrow.
Amongst the numerous storylines for his character, Echo played a married gay man who was left by his husband. Because of how well he portrayed his character, people began to wonder and speculate on his sexuality.
What Is His Sexual Orientation?
Echo has refused to comment on his sexuality and apart from playing a gay character, there is nothing that indicates the actor is gay in real life. At the moment, until the actor addresses the topic himself, it would be mischievous to be assertive about his sexual identity when the actor hasn’t commented on it.
What’s Known About The Actor’s Love Life
Kellum’s relationship status has been of public interest since he came into the limelight. Having efficiently played a love interest at different times onscreen, many have been curious about the actor’s love life in real life.
Though Kellum has never officially confirmed his relationship status or dating history, he is believed to have never been married. In his early career days, the actor was known to often make references to his girlfriend on social media but never really mentioned her name.
In fact, the Arrow actor was once speculated to be married to a lady named Brandy Brooks and a father to two children. When he left Arrow, he explained that he had to leave because he has kids and he needed to be home for them.
Echo Kellum Has Been Linked to Lyndsi LaRose
Recently, Kellum has been romantically linked to Lyndsi LaRose – an actress and comedian. While the exact details of how and when the lovebirds met are uncertain, their romantic journey can be traced back to June 2017. Kellum and LaRose, who are seemingly head over heels in love, have also been generous to share their love with their Instagram fans.
Yet another proof that like minds attract, LaRose also has an impressive résumé. A graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), LaRose is a professional actor with credits in popular films like Ant-Man, Insurgent, and Sleight, and the sitcom, Workaholics. Also blessed with a good sense of humor, LaRose is part of an all-female improv comedy troupe, Radcliffe Comedy.m