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Chestnut at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
|Born||Morris Lamont Chestnut, Jr.
January 1, 1969
Cerritos, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Pam Byse Chestnut (m. 1996)|
Morris Lamont Chestnut, Jr. (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor. He currently stars in the Fox TV series, Rosewood. Chestnut plays the title role, a private high-level pathologist named Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., who works in Miami, Florida, assisting local law enforcement's murder investigations. The series premiered on Fox on September 23, 2015.
Chestnut is also known for his roles in the films Boyz n the Hood (1991), The Best Man (1999) and its sequel The Best Man Holiday (2013), The Brothers (2001), Two Can Play That Game (2001), Like Mike (2002), Breakin' All the Rules (2004), Ladder 49 (2004), The Perfect Holiday (2007), Not Easily Broken (2009), Think Like A Man (2012), and TV series V (2009). He co-starred on the short-lived Patti LaBelle 1992–1993 NBC sitcom Out All Night as Jeff Carswell. And, he was the host of the BET show Vindicated.
Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California, the son of Shirley and Morris L. Chestnut, Sr. He graduated from Richard Gahr High School in 1986, and subsequently studied finance and drama at California State University, Northridge.
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: Dark Territory (1995) and G.I. Jane (1997).
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). 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.
|1991||Boyz n the Hood||Ricky Baker||Debut film|
|1991||The Last Boy Scout||Locker room kid|
|1992||In the Line of Duty: Street War||Prince Franklin||Television film|
|1993||The Ernest Green Story||Ernest Green||Television film|
|1994||The Inkwell||Harold Lee|
|1995||Under Siege 2: Dark Territory||Bobby Zachs|
|1995||Higher Learning||Track Anchor||Uncredited|
|1999||The Best Man||Lance Sullivan||Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture|
|2001||The Brothers||Jackson Smith|
|2001||Two Can Play That Game||Keith Fenton|
|2001||Scenes of the Crime||Ray|
|2002||The Killing Yard||Shango||Television film|
|2002||Like Mike||Tracy Reynolds|
|2002||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|
|2012||Think Like a Man||James Merrill|
|2013||Identity Thief||Detective Reilly|
|2013||The Call||Officer Phillips|
|2013||Kick-Ass 2||Marcus Williams|
|2013||The Best Man Holiday||Lance Sullivan||Acapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Acapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
|2014||That Awkward Moment||Harold|
|2015||The Perfect Guy||Dave|
|2015||Heist||Derrick "Dog" Prince|
|2016||When the Bough Breaks||John Taylor||Announced release date: Friday, September 9, 2016|
|N/A||The Best Man Wedding||Lance Sullivan||Announced but postponed|
|1990||Freddy's Nightmares||Jason Woodman||Episode: "A Family Affair"|
|1992–1993||Out All Night||Jeff Carswell||20 episodes|
|1994||Living Single||Hamilton Brown||3 episodes|
|1997–1998||C-16: FBI||Mal Robinson||12 episodes|
|2000||ER||ICU Nurse Frank 'Rambo' Bacon||2 episodes|
|2005||Bones||Agent Oakes||Episode: "The Man in the Wall"|
|2009–2011||V||Ryan Nichols||22 episodes|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Luke||6 episodes|
|2013||American Dad!||Craig||Episode: "For Black Eyes Only"|
|2013–2014||Nurse Jackie||Dr. Prentiss||17 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
|2014||Legends||Tony Rice||9 episodes|
|2015–present||Rosewood||Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr.||22 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
- Love In The Nick of Tyme (2007)
- What My Husband Doesn't Know (2011)
- http://www.pynkcelebrity.com/archives/tag/morris-chestnut s2s magazine
- Fleming, Jr., Mike (November 18, 2013). "Universal, Malcolm D. Lee In Talks To Make 'The Best Man Holiday' Sequel After Monster Opening". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
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