Morris Lamont Chestnut
January 1, 1969
Cerritos, California, U.S.
Morris Lamont Chestnut (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor. He first came to prominence for his role as Ricky in the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood. He has appeared in feature films and on television series, including the starring role of FBI Agent Will Keaton in the NBC TV series The Enemy Within.
Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California on January 1, 1969, the son of Morris and Shirley Chestnut. His mother was a teacher, while his father worked as a medical salesman. He studied finance and drama at California State University, Northridge. Chestnut worked as a bank teller prior to being an actor.
Chestnut's first professional acting role was as Jason 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: Dark Territory (1995) opposite Steven Seagal and Katherine Heigl and G.I. Jane (1997) opposite Demi Moore. He was also a regular cast member on C-16, in the role of Special Agent Mal Robinson, from 1997 to 1998.
In 1998, he won the annual Madden Bowl video game 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).
Chestnut starred in The Brothers (2001), a film centering on the themes of fidelity and success among young professionals. That same year, he portrayed Keith Fenton, the love interest of Vivica A. Fox, in Two Can Play That Game and appeared as basketball player Tracey Reynolds in 2002 film Like Mike. In 2004, he played a firefighter named Tommy Drake in Ladder 49.
Chestnut joined the cast of Nurse Jackie in 2013, playing war veteran Dr. Ike Prentiss. The following year, he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
To prepare for his role as professional football player, Lance Sullivan, in the movie The Best Man Holiday Chestnut had to get back into shape. His fitness training experience with Celebrity Fitness Trainer Obi Obadike inspired him to become Obadike's co-author on the health and fitness book, The Cut. The Cut, published on April 18, 2017, contains exercise drills and recipes. Chestnut earned himself an NAACP image Award nomination for acting in the sequel.
Chestnut played the lead role of pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. in Rosewood, receiving another NAACP image Award nomination. He appeared as Raymond Dupont in the short-lived drama Our Kind of People.
Morris Chestnut has been married to Pam Byse-Chestnut since 1995. The couple have two children, son Grant and daughter Paige. He was raised in the Baptist church, and he is a practicing Christian.
|1991||Boyz n the Hood||Ricky Baker|
|The Last Boy Scout||Locker Room Kid|
|1994||The Inkwell||Harold Lee|
|1995||Higher Learning||Track Anchor|
|Under Siege 2: Dark Territory||Bobby Zachs|
|1999||The Best Man||Lance Sullivan|
|2001||The Brothers||Jackson Smith|
|Two Can Play That Game||Keith Fenton|
|Scenes of the Crime||Ray|
|2002||Like Mike||Tracy Reynolds|
|Half Past Dead||Donny Johnson / 49ner One|
|2004||Breakin' All the Rules||Evan Fields|
|Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid||Gordon Mitchell|
|Ladder 49||Tommy Drake|
|2005||The Cave||'Top' Buchanan|
|2007||The Game Plan||Travis Sanders|
|The Perfect Holiday||Benjamin|
|2009||Not Easily Broken||Dave Johnson|
|Love in the Nick of Tyme||Marcelles Wynters||Video|
|2012||Think Like a Man||James Merrill|
|2013||Identity Thief||Detective Reilly|
|The Call||Officer Phillips|
|Kick-Ass 2||Detective Marcus Williams|
|The Best Man Holiday||Lance Sullivan|
|2015||The Perfect Guy||Dave|
|Heist||Derrick 'Dog' Prince|
|2016||When the Bough Breaks||John Taylor|
|1990||Freddy's Nightmares||Jason Woodman||Episode: "A Family Affair"|
|1992||In the Line of Duty: Street War||Prince Franklin||TV movie|
|1992–93||Out All Night||Jeff Carswell||Main cast|
|1993||The Ernest Green Story||Ernest Green||TV movie|
|1994||Living Single||Hamilton Brown||2 episodes|
|1997–98||C-16: FBI||Special Agent Mal Robinson||Main cast|
|2000||ER||ICU Nurse Frank 'Rambo' Bacon||2 episodes|
|2001||The Killing Yard||Shango||TV movie|
|2005||Bones||Agent Oakes||Episode: "The Man in the Wall"|
|2008||The Prince of Motor City||Leo Moore||TV movie|
|2009–11||V||Ryan Nichols||Main cast|
|2011||American Horror Story||Luke||Recurring cast (season 1)|
|2013||American Dad!||Craig (voice)||Episode: "For Black Eyes Only"|
|2013–14||Nurse Jackie||Dr. Prentiss||Main cast (season 5–6)|
|2014–15||Legends||Tony Rice||Main cast (season 1), guest (season 2)|
|2015–17||Rosewood||Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr.||Main cast|
|2018||Goliath||Deputy District Attorney Hakeem Rashad||Main cast (season 2)|
|2019||Being Mary Jane||Beau Mercer||Episode: "Becoming Pauletta"|
|The Enemy Within||FBI Agent Will Keaton||Main cast|
|2019–21||The Resident||Dr. Barrett Cain||Main cast (season 3–4), Recurring cast (season 5)|
|2021||Our Kind of People||Raymond Dupont||Main cast|
|TBA||The Best Man: The Final Chapters||Lance Sullivan||Main cast|
- Love In The Nick of Tyme (2007)
- What My Husband Doesn't Know (2011)
- The Nutcracker (2013)
- Chestnut, Morris (2017). The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body. Hachette Book Group, Inc. ISBN 978-1455565238.
Awards and nominations
- "Today's Birthdays". Toledo Blade. January 1, 2004. p. D3.
- "Morris Chestnut". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
- Perlman, Cindy (March 18, 2001). "Morris Chestnut shows his sensitive side in 'The Brothers'". Record-Journal. pp. F1, F6.
- Kiesewetter, John (October 24, 1992). "'Boyz' star success on TV comedy". Sun Journal. p. 14.
- Longeretta, Emily (March 23, 2022). "Morris Chestnut Reflects on Surviving and Thriving Three Decades in the Business: 'In Hollywood, There's No Blueprint'". Variety. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
- Walentis, Al (July 16, 1991). "'Boyz N the Hood' an auspicious debut". Reading Eagle. p. 11.
- Wood, Bret (January 16, 1993). "'Out All Night' has LaBelle and much more". The Dispatch. p. 2.
- Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2008), p.331.
- Carr, Jay (October 30, 1999). "A celebration of friendship". Toledo Blade. p. 6.
- "NAACP announces Image Award nominees". The Michigan Daily. December 2, 1999. p. 13B.
- Ebert, Roger (March 23, 2001). "It's All About the Characters". Lakeland Ledger. p. 4.
- Vancheri, Barbara (September 8, 2001). "Comedy plays up game between sexes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C-7.
- Rickey, Carrie (July 2, 2002). "Charismatic Bow Wow goes hoop-hop in 'Like Mike'". Daily News. p. 4B.
- Monush, Barry; Willis, John (April 2006). Screen World: 2005 Film Annual. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 134. ISBN 9781557836670.
- Holden, Stephen (July 17, 1995). "Once again, Seagal on the spot to save world". The Spokesman-Review. p. C5.
- Cherry, Nanciann (November 15, 2002). "Seagal entertains with strong cast, lots of action". Toledo Blade. p. E4.
- Gilbert, Matthew (April 11, 2013). "'Nurse Jackie': Every step she takes". Boston.com. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
- "NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors". Billboard. February 23, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
- "The Weeknd, Jussie Smollett Among People's Sexiest Men of the Year - Music News - ABC News Radio". ABC News Radio. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
- Jack, Fisher (2017-04-18). "Morris Chestnut and Obi Obadike's 'The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days". EURweb. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
- Couch, Aaron; Washington, Arlene (February 22, 2014). "NAACP Image Awards: The Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
- Perigard, Mark (September 23, 2015). "Poor diagnosis: Morris Chestnut plays crime-solving pathologist in 'Rosewood'". Boston Herald. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
- "'Straight Outta Compton,' 'Empire,' Michael B. Jordan Top NAACP Image Awards". Variety. February 5, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
- Goldberg, Lesley (May 17, 2021). "Morris Chestnut to Star in Lee Daniels' 'Our Kind of People' for Fox". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
- Carvajal, Edduin (2019-01-29). "Morris Chestnut's grown-up son shows off his shirtless body, posing by the sea in recent photos". amomama.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
- GRAHAM, CHANEL (January 6, 2009). "Making Marriage Work". Christianity Today. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
Chestnut: I was raised in a Baptist church, so I've always been strong in my faith.
- "Morris Chestnut gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame". KTTV. 23 March 2022. Retrieved 25 March 2022 – via Fox News affiliates.