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Morris Chestnut

Morris Chestnut

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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, as Tracy Reynolds, NBA star in the 2002 film Like Mike, and as the Visitor Ryan in the 2009 TV series V.

Career

Chestnut's first professional acting role was as "Jadon" in Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series in the episode "A Family Affair" (season 2, episode 19) 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 like 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 in which he played 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. He has worked with Steven Seagal three times. In Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Chestnut is Seagal's reluctant partner. In both Half Past Dead and Prince of Pistols he co-stars as the main villain.

Personal life

[1] Chestnut is married to Pam Byse (1995), they have a son and a daughter. In an interview for essence.com, he stated he prefers to keep his personal life private. Chestnut is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and the USC Trojans. He is also an avid poker player and has a sponsorship arrangement with online poker room Full Tilt Poker.

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991 Boyz n the Hood Ricky Baker
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
Higher Learning Track Anchor Uncredited
1997 G.I. Jane McCool
Firehouse Andre
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
2001 The Brothers Jackson Smith
Two Can Play That Game Keith Fenton
Scenes of the Crime Ray
The Killing Yard Shango Nominated-Black Reel Award for Best Actor in a Television movie or Mini-series
2002 Like Mike Tracy Reynolds
Half Past Dead Donald Robert Johnson
2003 Confidence Travis
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
2008 The Prince of Motor City Leo Moore
2009 Not Easily Broken Dave Johnson
2009-2011 V Ryan Nichols 22 episodes
2011 American Horror Story Luke 6 episodes
2012 Think Like a Man James
Identity Thief Detective Reilly post-production
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Marcus Williams filming

Theatrical performances

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