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Colson Baker, also known as "Machine Gun Kelly," is a multi-hyphenate talent with an impressive career that started in Cleveland and has made him a globally known star in both music and film.

On the acting side, he had a slate of films debut this year, including a lead role as Tommy Lee in the highly anticipated biopic THE DIRT, based on the rise of the band Mötley Crüe. The Jeff Tremaine-directed film premiered worldwide on Netflix on March 22, 2019.

He also starred opposite Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich and Trevante Rhodes in Netflix’s thriller film BIRD BOX which streamed worldwide on December 21, 2018. This past January his film BIG TIME ADOLESCENSE from writer/director Jason Orley, and also starring Pete Davisdon, Griffin Gluck and Jon Cryer, premiered in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Additional upcoming films include the Rupert Wyatt directed film CAPTIVE STATE and an untitled Netflix sci-fi project from Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman also starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Previously, Colson starred on Cameron Crowe’s Showtime series ROADIES, playing Wes, a recently fired Pearl Jam roadie who joins his twin sister Kelly Ann (Imogen Poots) on tour for the fictitious Staton-House Band. The series also starred Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino and was executive produced by Cameron Crowe,...

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JJ Abrams, Winnie Holzman, and Bryan Burk.

He appeared alongside Dave Franco and Emma Roberts in the Henry Joost/Ariel Shulman Lionsgate film NERVE, opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s BEYOND THE LIGHTS, and in James Merendino’s PUNKS DEAD: SLC PUNK 2.

As Machine Gun Kelly, Spotify released that his songs were streamed 457,000,000 times in 63 countries in 2018. His most recent album bloom went gold and sold over 6 million copies worldwide. The album track "Bad Things" featuring Camila Cabello was nominated for a 2017 Billboard Music Award and owned the Billboard 100 list for 16+ weeks in 2017 and amassed more than 245m+ streams with a radio audience of 145m, becoming RIAA certified platinum.

Machine Gun Kelly burst onto the music scene in 2012 with the release of his first album Lace Up via EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records. The album debuted at number two on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He won "US Artist About to Go Global" at the 2012 MTV EMA’s and MTV’s 2012 "Breaking Woodie" Award. The following year he was awarded "Woodie of the Year" beating out A$AP Rocky, Fun, Grimes and Kendrick Lamar. His 2015 sophomore album, General Admission, clinched a #1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts. He’s performed on THE VOICE, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON, THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, ELLEN, BET’s 106 AND PARK, THE NICKELODEON KIDS CHOICE AWARDS and several other awards shows. His songs have appeared in soundtracks for the feature films BRIGHT and WHY HIM?.

At 6’4’, the musician/actor has walked in several fashion shows. His distinct look and love for fashion landed him a campaign as the face of John Varvatos for Fall/Winter 2017-2018. Combining his musical talents with the campaign, he played the opening of Varvatos’ first ever store in Dubai in November 2018. He also collaborated with Reebok on their Club C sneaker campaign designing a shoe for the line.

When not touring or filming, he resides in Los Angles.

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