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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 Payline
Latest Project:
Movie Halloween in Hollywood 2022-10-01
Known For
Poster of Girls Trip
Poster of Legends
Poster of The Enduring Significance of 'Boyz n the Hood'
Poster of Friendly Fire: Making of an Urban Legend
Movie Payline 2024
Movie Halloween in Hollywood Himself 2022-10-01
Series Our Kind of People Raymond Dupont 2021-09-21
Series The Enemy Within Will Keaton 2019-02-25
Series The Resident Barrett Cain 2018-01-21
Movie Girls Trip Himself 2017-07-21
Movie When the Bough Breaks John Taylor 2016-09-09
Series Goliath Hakeem Rashad 2016-10-13
Movie Heist Dog 2015-11-13
Movie The Perfect Guy Dave 2015-09-11
Series Rosewood Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. 2015-09-23
Series Legends Antonio "Tony" Cimarro 2014-08-13
Movie Identity Thief Detective Reilly 2013-02-07
Movie Kick-Ass 2 Detective Marcus Williams 2013-07-17
Movie The Best Man Holiday Lance Sullivan 2013-11-15
Movie The Call Officer Paul Phillips 2013-03-14
Movie Think Like a Man James 2012-04-20
Series American Horror Story Luke 2011-10-05
Movie The Enduring Significance of 'Boyz n the Hood' Self 2011-07-19
Movie Not Easily Broken Dave Johnson 2009-01-09
Series V Ryan Nichols 2009-11-03
Series The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-07-14
Movie The Prince of Motor City 2008-07-09
Movie The Perfect Holiday Benjamin Armstrong 2007-12-12
Movie The Game Plan Travis Sanders 2007-09-28
Series American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Movie The Cave Top Buchanan 2005-08-26
Series Bones Agent Oakes 2005-09-13
Movie Breakin' All the Rules Evan 2004-05-14
Movie Ladder 49 Tommy Drake 2004-10-01
Movie Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Gordon Mitchell 2004-08-25
Movie Confidence Travis 2003-04-25
Movie Friendly Fire: Making of an Urban Legend Self 2003-09-02
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 Killing Yard Shango 2001-09-23
Movie The Brothers Jackson Smith 2001-03-23
Movie Two Can Play That Game Keith Fenton 2001-09-07
Movie The Best Man Lance Sullivan 1999-10-22
Movie FireHouse Andre 1997-01-01
Series C-16: FBI Mal Robinson 1997-09-27
Movie G.I. Jane McCool 1997-08-19
Movie Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Bobby Zachs 1995-07-13
Movie Higher Learning Track Anchor 1995-01-11
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie The Inkwell Harold Lee 1994-04-22
Movie The Ernest Green Story Ernest Green 1993-01-17
Series Living Single Unknown 1993-08-29
Series Out All Night Jeff Carswell 1992-09-19
Movie In the Line of Duty: Street War Prince Franklin 1992-05-11
Movie The Last Boy Scout Locker Room Kid 1991-12-13
Movie Boyz n the Hood Ricky Baker 1991-07-12