Joseph David Keery (born April 24, 1992) is an American actor and musician. He is best known for portraying Steve Harrington in the American science-fiction horror web television series Stranger Things, as well as one of the guitarists for the American psychedelic rock band Post Animal.
Keery at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Joseph David Keery|
24 April 1992
Newburyport, Massachusetts, U.S.
Keery grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he attended River Valley Charter School for elementary and middle school, and then Newburyport High School. He is the second of five children and grew up surrounded by 4 sisters.During his younger years he attended Theater in the Open, a performing arts camp at Maudslay State Park, but ultimately began acting in high school, performing there initially at his sister's insistence. Keery went on to study at The Theatre School at DePaul University and graduated in 2014.
After graduating from DePaul, Keery went to over a hundred auditions. Before his breakout role in Stranger Things, Keery appeared in a KFC, Domino's, and amiibo commercial, and had roles in Empire and Chicago Fire. His first appearance in a full-length film was in Stephen Cone's indie, Henry Gamble's Birthday Party.
In late 2015, Keery was cast in Stranger Things. He initially auditioned for the role of Jonathan, but later sent in a tape for his character, Steve. He was promoted from recurring cast to a series regular for the second season of Stranger Things, which premiered on October 27, 2017.
Previously, Keery released music under the name "Cool Cool Cool".
|2015||Henry Gamble's Birthday Party||Gabe|
|2016||The Charnel House||Scott|
|2017||Molly's Game||Trust Fund Cole|
|2015||Chicago Fire||Emmett||2 episodes|
|2015||Empire||Tony Trichter III||1 episode|
|2016–present||Stranger Things||Steve Harrington||Main Role; 17 episodes|
|2017||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Stranger Things||Won|||