Morris Chestnut

Biography

Morris L. Chestnut (born January 1, 1969) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as teenage father Ricky Baker in the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, groom-to-be Lance Sullivan in the 1999 film The Best Man, as Tracy Reynolds, NBA star in the 2002 film Like Mike, and as the Visitor Ryan in the 2009-11 TV series V. Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California where he graduated from RichardGahrHigh School in 1986.

He subsequently studied finance and drama at CaliforniaStateUniversity, Northridge. Chestnut's first professional acting role was as "Jadon" in Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series in the episode "A Family Affair" (season 2, episode 19) which aired on February 18, 1990. His first feature film role was as "Ricky Baker" in Boyz n the Hood (1991). He followed with roles in various TV movies. Chestnut also played a role on Patti LaBelle's short-lived sitcom Out All Night. His career continued to rise steadily with co-starring roles in standard big-budget studio films like Under Siege 2 (1995) and G.I. Jane (1997). In 1998, he won the annual Madden Bowl. In 1999 Chestnut starred in The Best Man with Taye Diggs and Nia Long in which he played a professional football player on the eve of his wedding. The Best Man earned positive reviews from the press and did well at the box office. For his performance Chestnut earned an NAACP Image Award nomination. He subsequently starred in The Brothers, another film centering on the themes of fidelity and success among urban professionals. He has worked with Steven Seagal three times. In Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Chestnut is Seagal's reluctant partner. In both Half Past Dead and Prince of Pistols he co-stars as the main villain. He also was a football player in "The Game Plan" Chestnut is married to Pam Byse with whom he has a son and a daughter. In an interview for essence.com, he said that he prefers to keep his private life private. Chestnut is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and the USC Trojans. Morris Chestnut is also an avid poker player, and has a sponsorship arrangement with online poker room Full Tilt Poker. He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma

Morris L. Chestnut (born January 1, 1969) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as teenage father Ricky Baker in the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, groom-to-be Lance Sullivan in the 1999 film The Best Man, as Tracy Reynolds, NBA star in the 2002 film Like Mike, and as the Visitor Ryan in the 2009-11 TV series V. Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California where he graduated from RichardGahrHigh School in 1986.

He subsequently studied finance and drama at CaliforniaStateUniversity, Northridge. Chestnut's first professional acting role was as "Jadon" in Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series in the episode "A Family Affair" (season 2, episode 19) which aired on February 18, 1990. His first feature film role was as "Ricky Baker" in Boyz n the Hood (1991). He followed with roles in various TV movies. Chestnut also played a role on Patti LaBelle's short-lived sitcom Out All Night. His career continued to rise steadily with co-starring roles in standard big-budget studio films like Under Siege 2 (1995) and G.I. Jane (1997). In 1998, he won the annual Madden Bowl. In 1999 Chestnut starred in The Best Man with Taye Diggs and Nia Long in which he played a professional football player on the eve of his wedding. The Best Man earned positive reviews from the press and did well at the box office. For his performance Chestnut earned an NAACP Image Award nomination. He subsequently starred in The Brothers, another film centering on the themes of fidelity and success among urban professionals. He has worked with Steven Seagal three times. In Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Chestnut is Seagal's reluctant partner. In both Half Past Dead and Prince of Pistols he co-stars as the main villain. He also was a football player in "The Game Plan" Chestnut is married to Pam Byse with whom he has a son and a daughter. In an interview for essence.com, he said that he prefers to keep his private life private. Chestnut is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and the USC Trojans. Morris Chestnut is also an avid poker player, and has a sponsorship arrangement with online poker room Full Tilt Poker. He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma

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Gender Male

Known Credits 40

Birthday 1969-01-01

Place of Birth Cerritos, California, USA

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 When the Bough Breaks
2016 The Best Man Wedding as Lance
2015 Heist as Dog
2015 Rosewood(22 episodes) as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr.
2015 The Perfect Guy as Dave
2014 Legends(20 episodes) as Antonio "Tony" Cimarro
2013 The Best Man Holiday as Lance Sullivan
2013 Kick-Ass 2 as Detective Marcus Williams
2013 The Call as Officer Phillips
2013 Identity Thief as Detective Reilly
2011 American Horror Story(6 episodes) as Luke
2009 V(22 episodes) as Ryan Nichols
2009 Not Easily Broken as Dave Johnson
2008 The Wendy Williams Show(1 episode)
2007 The Perfect Holiday as Benjamin Armstrong
2007 The Game Plan as Travis Sanders
2005 Bones(1 episode)
2005 The Cave as Top Buchanan
2004 Ladder 49 as Tommy Drake
2004 Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid as Gordon Mitchell
2004 Breakin' All the Rules as Evan
2003 Confidence as Travis
2002 Half Past Dead as Donald Robert Johnson
2002 Like Mike as Tracey Reynolds
2001 The Killing Yard as Shango
2001 Two Can Play That Game as Keith Fenton
2001 The Brothers as Jackson Smith
2001 Scenes of the Crime as Ray
1999 The Best Man as Lance Sullivan
1997 C-16: FBI(13 episodes) as Mal Robinson
1997 G.I. Jane as McCool
1997 Firehouse
1995 Under Siege 2 - Dark Territory as Bobby Zachs
1994 ER(2 episodes)
1994 The Inkwell as Harold Lee
1993 Living Single(2 episodes)
1992 Out All Night(20 episodes) as Jeff Carswell
1991 The Last Boy Scout as Locker Room Kid
1991 Boyz n the Hood as Ricky Baker

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2010 Takers … Executive Producer

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