Umurzakov Yelubai was born on January 31, 1899 in the village of Aktobe, Taranovsky district, Kostanay region. Since childhood, Yelubai Umurzakov was familiar with folk music, played the dombra, was an indispensable participant in all the aul celebrations. He was one of the first to learn to play the piano. For the first time, he performed on stage simultaneously in the roles of Kalamkas and Shapaya in the play by B. Mailin. Since 1919, he began to participate in performances of the amateur troupe «Red Caravan». In 1920-1923, he worked in the police in Kostanay and continued to participate in performances and theatrical life. In 1923, E. Umurzakov entered the Kazakh Institute of Public Education «Cinema».
Since 1925, he has been a member of the Central Club of the All-Russian Youth Union of the Kazakh SSR organized in Orenburg. E. Umurzakov has played more than 150 significant roles: Osip in «The Inspector», Othello in Shakespeare’s «Othello», Zhantas in» Night Peals», Myrkal in «Friendship and Love».
Since 1938, he starred in films. He played the role of Amangeldy Imanov in the first Kazakh feature film «Amangeldy», based on the play by B. Maylin and G. Musrepov. He participated in the decades of Kazakh literature and art in Moscow (1936-1958).
He was awarded a Certificate of Honor in 1940 from the Central Committee of the Union of Art Workers, a small silver medal for success in socialist agriculture in 1958. In 1952, he was awarded the State Prize of the USSR, the Orders of Lenin, the October Revolution, the Patriotic War of the second degree, the Red Banner of Labor, the «Badge of Honor» and medals. He was awarded the State Prize of the Kazakh SSR named after K. Baiseitova in 1968.
Yelubai Umurzakov died in 1974.