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Artel Great

Dr. Artel Great was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and cultural critic. He began his career as a performance artist and stand-up comedian at the renowned Second City Chicago, before transitioning to film. He later earned his Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Dr. Great is... See full bio »

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Dahmer Rodney
Save the Last Dance
The Soloist


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 2013 #Nausea... for Millennials (Short)
 2009 The Soloist
 2009 24 (TV Series)
Sangalan Villager #5
- Day 7: 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. (2009) ... Sangalan Villager #5 (as Artel Kayaru)
 2006 The Smile of an Angry Man (Short)
Sentry Jones (as Artel Kayàru)
 2006 Heavens Fall
Willie Roberson (as Artel Kayàru)
 2006 Lies & Alibis
Stump (as Artel Kayàru)
 2005 Down in the Valley
Boulevard Guy (as Artel Kayàru)
 2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God (TV Movie)
Motor Boat (as Artel Kayaru)
 2002 Dahmer
Rodney (as Artel Kayaru)
 2001 Save the Last Dance
Arvel (as Artel Jarod Walker)
 1999 Light It Up
Shakur (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Artel Kayaru | Artel Kayàru | Artel Jarod Walker

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After skipping his sophomore year in high school, at age 16, Dr. Great matriculated at Columbia College Chicago where he double majored in theater and philosophy before being cast in the blockbuster film, Save the Last Dance.


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