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Chestnut at the San Diego Comic-Con International, July 24, 2010
|Born||Morris L. Chestnut
January 1, 1969
Cerritos, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Pam Byse (1995–present; 2 children)|
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 and its sequel in 2013, Jackson Smith in the 2001 film The Brothers, Keith Fenton in the 2001 film Two Can Play That Game, NBA star Tracy Reynolds in the 2002 film Like Mike, tillerman Tommy Drake in the 2004 film Ladder 49, Benjamin in the 2007 film The Perfect Holiday, Dave Johnson in the 2009 film Not Easily Broken, and James in the 2012 film Think Like A Man.
His best-known television role is as the Visitor Ryan in the 2009 reboot TV series V.
Chestnut, born in Cerritos, California, is the son of Morris Chestnut, Sr. and his wife Shirley. He graduated from Richard Gahr High School in 1986, and subsequently studied finance and drama at California State University, Northridge.
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Chestnut's first professional acting role was as Jadon in Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series, season 2, episode 19 ("A Family Affair"), which aired on February 18, 1990. His first feature film role was as Ricky Baker in Boyz n the Hood (1991). He followed that up 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 such as Under Siege 2 (1995) and G.I. Jane (1997).
In 1998, he won the annual Madden Bowl videogame competition. In 1999, Chestnut starred in The Best Man with Taye Diggs and Nia Long, as 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 again played a football player in The Game Plan (2007). In 2001, he starred in The Brothers, a film centering on the themes of fidelity and success among young professionals. In 2004, he appeared as a firefighter in Ladder 49.
He has worked with Steven Seagal three times. In Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), Chestnut is Seagal's reluctant partner. In both Half Past Dead (2002) and Prince of Pistols (2008), he co-stars as the main villain.
Chestnut has been married to Pam Byse since 1995, and they have 2 children.
|1991||Boyz n the Hood||Ricky Baker|
|1991||The Last Boy Scout||Locker room kid|
|1992-1993||Out All Night||Jeff Carswell||19 episodes|
|1992||In the Line of Duty: Street War||Prince Franklin|
|1993||The Ernest Green Story||Ernest Green||TV movie|
|1994||The Inkwell||Harold Lee|
|1995||Under Siege 2: Dark Territory||Bobby Zachs|
|1995||Higher Learning||Track Anchor||Uncredited|
|1997-1998||C-16: FBI||Mal Robinson||12 episodes|
|1999||The Best Man||Lance Sullivan||Nominated-NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture|
|1999||The Brothers||Jackson Smith|
|2001||Two Can Play That Game||Keith Fenton|
|2001||Scenes of the Crime||Ray|
|2002||The Killing Yard||Shango||Nominated-Black Reel Award for Best Actor in a Television movie or Mini-series|
|2002||Like Mike||Tracy Reynolds|
|2003||Half Past Dead||Donald Robert Johnson|
|2004||Breakin' All the Rules||Evan Fields|
|2004||Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid||Gordon Mitchell|
|2004||Ladder 49||Tommy Drake|
|2005||The Cave||Top Buchanan|
|2007||The Game Plan||Travis Sanders|
|2007||The Perfect Holiday||Benjamin|
|2008||The Prince of Motor City||Leo Moore|
|2009||Not Easily Broken||Dave Johnson|
|2009-2010||V||Ryan Nichols||22 episodes|
|2011||American Horror Story||Luke||6 episodes|
|2012||Think Like a Man||James|
|2013||Identity Thief||Detective Reilly|
|2013||The Call||Officer Phillips|
|2013||Kick-Ass 2||Marcus Williams|
|2013||The Best Man Holiday||Lance Sullivan|
|2013||Nurse Jackie||Dr. Prentiss||10 episodes|
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