Elijah Long is a Producer/Writer and Emmy nominated actor. He is the first African American to join the producing ranks of the Rambo franchise’s 30-year history as Executive Producer. Rambo V: Last Blood, opened in theaters globally September 2019. The film has grossed over 91 million in the Box Office to date. Long followed up the success of Rambo as Executive Pro-ducer on the film TESLA, the bio pic of the great inventor Nikola Tesla, starring Ethan Hawke. TESLA premiered in Sundance Film Festival 2020 and was recently purchased by IFC Films.
After receiving the seal of approval from Sean Diddy Combs, Long joined forces with CIROC and Paramount Pictures to Executive Produce the cross-branding commercials for Will Packer’s What Men Want. These commercials became Ciroc’s highest streamed commercials to date.
Long was groomed to take the driver’s seat after being given the opportunity to co write and produce on All Star Weekend, Jamie Foxx’s directorial debut. He and the Oscar winner worked closely tailoring a script worthy of a star-studded cast which included Gerard Butler, Robert Downey, Jr., Eva Longoria, and DJ Khaled, and more. Long publicly credited Foxx for preparing him for his writing/producing road ahead… Stating “Foxx, expanded my journey and knowledge of filmmaking more than I could have ever dreamed.”
He recently returned to the screen and starred in the multi-award-winning short film Still Harlem by Lynn Dow, winning the award for “Best Actor” at the Southern Shorts Film Festival 2019.
Long’s journey began in Chicago’s Southside. After high school Long traveled the world in the US NAVY. He found himself wanting to pursue a career in entertainment. He completed his military tour and headed for New York. Finding himself homeless and living on the streets Long slowly started getting acting roles in Equity stage plays and off Broadway. However, his heart was set on television and film. yes Long decided to pack-up and move to Los Angeles.
He hit the TV circuit landing roles on hit shows including Fox’s Lie to Me with Tim Roth, the critically acclaimed House M.D. starring Hugh Laurie; Lincoln Heights co-starring beside the Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.
Long’s first break in the business came when he was cast in a supporting role in legendary director/producer, John Hughes’ film Newport South sharing the silver screen with Melissa George, Raymond J. Barry, Michael Shannon and Will Estes. Impressed by Long’s raw talent, Hughes told the young artist to use his name as a reference to secure an agent. This opportunity was the confidence Long needed to take his career to the next level.
E! Style Network booked Long for the hit show Clean House, where he and the cast earned an EMMY nomination in the “Best Ensemble” category. Long gave a chilling performance in the award-winning Showtime film, Mississippi Damned directed by Tina Mabry starring Tessa Thompson, and co-starred with Mekhi Phifer in the romantic comedy, Love Section.