Morris Chestnut is a smart, tall and exceptionally handsome African-American actor who is not just loved for knowing his crafts well but also for his physical looks. The actor has maintained his integrity in the film circle and he is winning hearts with his versatile talents that have seen him enjoying different entertainment projects including taking up roles in various films genres like drama, romance, and even comedies.
Morris Chestnut Bio & Age
Morris Chestnut was born on January 1, 1969, to Morris Lamot Chestnut Sr. and Shirley Chestnut. He grew up in Cerritos California. In 1989, the talented actor graduated from Richard Gahr High School and furthered at California State University, Northridge where he majored in finance and drama.
He started acting professionally in 1990 appearing in the series Freddy’s Nightmare: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series. He made his first film appearance the next year starring in Boyz N’ the Hood. Other TV roles followed including Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, G.I Jane and the short-lived Out All Night. The actor continued to rise to prominence and by late 1999, Chestnut’s was already one of the most known actors particularly for his role in the blockbuster movie Best Man. The role also earned him a nomination in NAACP Image Award. Just when the audience thought they couldn’t love him more, he goes on to feature in the 2001 movie Brothers, a romantic comedy that focuses on faithfulness and success among young professionals. He, in a similar way, grabbed more hearts to himself the year for his role in the movie Two Can Play That Game. Other remarkable films he has done include, Ladder 49, Half Past Dead and Prince of Pistols.
Currently, Chestnut has become a household name and has worked with big names in the industry like Steven Segal. Besides his acting career, Morris is also famous for his attractiveness and chiseled physique which he has tried to maintain almost throughout the years of his career. On this account, he was named one of the “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2015 by People magazine. Similarly, the actor along with celebrity fitness trainer, Obi Obadike authored a health & fitness book titled The Cut to help his fans achieve his looks. The book was published in 2017 and it gives tips on exercise drills, as well as healthy recipes that will help in shedding and keeping off stubborn weight.
Who Is His Wife?
Morris Chestnut is married to Pam Byse. The duo fell in love with each other after meeting for the first time in an Atlanta club. They walked down the aisle in 1995 and have stayed married for over two decades now, nearly the same stretch of time Morris’s has spent in the acting sphere.
There were speculations in the past that the couple was separating for different reasons. One such reason was a claim that Chestnut had a son from his previous relationship and was a good-for-nothing dad who tried to evade his fatherly responsibilities. Other rumors claimed that he was cheating on his wife. It turned out, however, that all of the rumors were a lie as there are no signs of quitting between the two. At one time, Morris revealed that the secret to their marital success is the mutual respect that exists between them.
The lovers are always spotted together during Award events. They both graced the TV Guide Magazine: The 2010 Hot List held at San Diego Convention Center Califonia. The stunner was also with her husband during the 45th NAACP Awards, where Morris was honored with NACCP Image for Outstanding Supporting Actor in comedy series.
His Son and Daughter
Byse and Morris Chestnut are proud parents of two children. Their first child is a boy named Grant Chestnut. He was born in 1997. There was no much spacing between Grant and his sister Paige Chestnut who was born the following year, in 1998.
Paige graduated from Calabasas High School, California while Grant is a student at the University of Colorado. The kids are taking a cue from their mother’s lifestyle as they prefer to keep things concerning their private life away from the spotlight.
Although Morris is known to have two kids, gossips once circulated alleging that the actor has another son named Dante whom he had in college with a high school girl. The report remains uncertain or doubtful because none of the people involved has confirmed or denied it
What Is His Net Worth?
We haven’t even begun to discuss Morris’ career success if we don’t mention his net worth. This is because the actor is well-to-do, not only by the number of movies he has done but also by the amount he has been able to pile up during the course of his blossoming career. Currently, the California-born actor has a net worth estimated at $48 million.