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Morris Chestnut

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, 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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Jan 1, 1969 In Cerritos, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie In the Line of Duty: Street War 1992-05-11
Latest Project:
Movie Girls Trip 2017-07-21
Known For
Poster of The Killing Yard
Poster of Out All Night
Movie Girls Trip Himself 2017-07-21
Movie When the Bough Breaks John Taylor 2016-09-09
Movie The Best Man Wedding 2016-04-15
Series Goliath Hakeem Rashad 2016-10-14
Movie The Perfect Guy Dave 2015-09-11
Movie Heist Dog 2015-11-13
Series Rosewood Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. 2015-09-23
Series Legends Antonio "Tony" Cimarro 2014-08-13
Movie The Best Man Holiday Lance Sullivan 2013-11-15
Movie The Call Officer Paul Phillips 2013-03-14
Movie Identity Thief Detective Reilly 2013-02-07
Movie Kick-Ass 2 Detective Marcus Williams 2013-07-17
Series American Horror Story Luke 2011-10-05
Series The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-07-14
Movie The Game Plan Travis Sanders 2007-09-28
Movie The Perfect Holiday Benjamin Armstrong 2007-12-12
Movie The Cave Top Buchanan 2005-08-26
Series Bones Unknown 2005-09-13
Movie Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Gordon Mitchell 2004-08-26
Movie Breakin' All the Rules Evan 2004-05-14
Movie Ladder 49 Tommy Drake 2004-10-01
Movie Scenes of the Crime Ray 2002-05-11
Movie Like Mike Tracey Reynolds 2002-07-03
Movie Half Past Dead Donald Robert Johnson 2002-11-15
Movie The Brothers Jackson Smith 2001-03-23
Movie Two Can Play That Game Keith Fenton 2001-09-07
Movie The Killing Yard Shango 2001-09-23
Movie The Best Man Lance Sullivan 1999-10-22
Movie Firehouse Andre 1997-01-01
Movie Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Bobby Zachs 1995-07-13
Movie The Inkwell Harold Lee 1994-04-22
Series Living Single Unknown 1993-08-29
Movie The Ernest Green Story Ernest Green 1993-01-17
Movie In the Line of Duty: Street War Prince Frankilin 1992-05-11
Series Out All Night Jeff Carswell 1992-09-19
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