Morris Chestnut is without a doubt one of the most successful African-American actors in Hollywood. For many years, he has utilized his talent and breathtaking looks (including soulful eyes) to play the leading man in many unforgettable rom-coms. However Morris Chestnut is much more than your average Hollywood heartthrob. Find out more about the hunk here, including his biography, movies and TV shows, as well as kids.
Morris Chestnut – Biography
Morris Lamont Chestnut Jr. was born on the 1st of January 1969. He hails from a family of three and is the only child of his parents. His father’s name is Morris Chestnut Sr. while his mother’s name is Shirley. Morris Chestnut is a native of Cerritos and attended the Richard Galar High School. He played football while in high school and was so good at it that he even aspired to earn a college scholarship and then make it to the NFL. This lofty aspiration did not work out as planned but Chestnut was undeterred. He finished high school in 1986 and enrolled in college to study finance and drama. He attended two colleges – Long Beach City College and California State University, both in California.
Morris chestnut began his acting career in 1990. His very first role came in the form of a guest appearance on the TV series Freddy’s Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street, in February 1990. Unlike many actors who have to wait a long time to get their big break, Chestnut was lucky as he got his major breakthrough just after a year in Hollywood. This came in the iconic 1991 movie, Boyz n the Hood. In the movie, he played the role of a teenager named Ricky Baker who relies on his football skills to escape violence and gang culture on the streets. The movie featured a cast of would-be A-listers including Nia Long, Angela Basset, Ice Cube, Regina King and Cuba Gooding Jr. The movie received numerous accolades and has since been preserved in the National Film Registry due to its cultural significance.
Movies And TV Shows
Since Boyz n the Hood, Morris Chestnut has appeared in over 30 movies and 18 TV series. His movie credits include The Best Man, The Brothers, Two Can Play That Game, The Game Plan, The Perfect Holiday, Think like a Man, Identity Theft, The Best Man Holiday, The Perfect Guy, When the Bough Breaks, and many more. The Best Man is one of Chestnut’s unforgettable movies. In the movie, he plays the role of an NFL star named Lance Sullivan, who discovers that his bride-to-be slept with his best man during their college days. He initially calls off the wedding but reconsiders after his friends convince him. The film received numerous accolades and did well at the box office. It also got a sequel, titled The Best Man Holidays, in 2013.
Morris Chestnut has also enjoyed a successful career on the small screen. He has featured in TV series such as Nurse Jackie, V, America Horror Story: Murder House, Legends, Rosewood, and The Enemy Within. Rosewood is a police procedural drama where Chestnut plays the lead role of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, a highly sought-after private pathologist. He uses his skills to assist law enforcement agencies in crime solving. Morris has received four NAACP Image Award nominations and won one. He won the NAACP award for best supporting actor in a comedy series in 2014.
Morris Chestnut often portrays a ‘player’ in the movies but in real life, he is a responsible gentleman. The actor is happily married to the gorgeous Pam Byse who is also a native of California and they tied the knot in 1995. Since they got married, the couple has remained strong together. Chestnut is a notoriously-private person but that hasn’t stopped him from showing his love for his wife. She often accompanies him to the premiere of his movies. He also famously rapped some love lyrics for her in a viral video.
Chestnut has revealed that they first met at a club in Atlanta. He was immediately attracted to her but was warned to stay away due to her straight-laced character. He was however undeterred by this and the rest worked out gradually. The Chestnuts have two kids together; a son named Grant and a daughter named Paige. The children often accompany their superstar dad to the red carpet. Grant is an aspiring actor while Paige (who totally resembles her dad) is a budding model. She has appeared in print and TV ads. She has also walked the runway at many events including the L.A. Fashion Week.