May 4, 1995
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Rocketing to instant celebrity with his breakout role in the independent hit "Dope" (2015), Shameik Moore first began his career as a dancer. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1995, Moore was just 12 when he began releasing dance and choreography videos on YouTube, and was participating in Atlanta's "Dance Invasion" showcase by his teens. Soon, he was appearing as a dancer in music videos such as Soulja Boy's "Tell'em (Bird Walk)" and Keri Hilson's "Turnin Me On." In 2011, he made his first foray into television, appearing on an episode of "House of Payne" (TBS, 2006-). He moved into feature films with a small part in "Joyful Noise" (2012) the following year, before joining the cast of the kids sketch comedy series "Incredible Crew" (Cartoon Network, 2012-13). He would make another big screen appearance in the family film "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" (2013) before his big break came with 2015's "Dope." Playing a nerdy kid with an obsession for '90s hip hop, Moore became an overnight celebrity thanks to the film's overwhelming response at the Sundance Film Festival. Moore's string of success would continue when he was cast in Baz Luhrmann's series "The Get Down" (Netflix, 2016-), a show about a group of teens living in the late '70s Bronx amidst the burgeoning hip hop scene.