Morris Chestnut

Morris Lamont Chestnut[1] (born January 1, 1969)[2] 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.

Morris Chestnut
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Morris at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
Morris Lamont Chestnut

(1969-01-01) January 1, 1969 (age 51)
Years active1990–present
Pam Bryce-Chestnut
(m. 1995)

Early lifeEdit

Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California, the son of Morris Chestnut Sr. and Shirley Chestnut.[3]


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) 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.[4]

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: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) as Seagal's reluctant partner and lead male villain in Half Past Dead (2002) and Prince of Pistols (2008).

In 2015, Morris Chestnut played Derrick Dog Prince in the movie Heist. People magazine named Morris Chestnut as one of the "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2015.[5]

To prepare for his role as Professional Football Player, Lance Sullivan, in the movie The Best Man Holiday, Morris 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.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Morris Chestnut has been married to Pam Byse-Chestnut since 1995. The couple have two children, son Grant and daughter Paige.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Boyz n the Hood Ricky Baker Debut film
1991 The Last Boy Scout Locker room kid
1993 The Ernest Green Story Ernest Green
1993 The Fugitive Prison bus guard
1994 The Inkwell Harold Lee
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Bobby Zachs
1995 Higher Learning Track Anchor Uncredited
1997 G.I. Jane McCool
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 Like Mike Tracy Reynolds
2002 Half Past Dead Donald Robert Johnson
2003 Confidence Travis
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 Replaces Omari Hardwick
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
2015 The Perfect Guy Dave
2015 Heist Derrick "Dog" Prince
2016 When the Bough Breaks John Taylor
2017 Girls Trip Himself
2020 Spell N/A Producer only


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Freddy's Nightmares – A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series Jason Woodman Episode: "A Family Affair"
1992 In the Line of Duty: Street War Prince Franklin Television film
1992–1993 Out All Night Jeff Carswell Main role, 20 episodes
1993 The Ernest Green Story Ernest Green Television film
1994 Living Single Hamilton Brown 2 episodes
1997 Firehouse Andre Television film
1997–1998 C-16: FBI Mal Robinson Main role, 12 episodes
2000 ER ICU Nurse Frank 'Rambo' Bacon 2 episodes
2002 The Killing Yard Shango Television film
2005 Bones Agent Oakes Episode: "The Man in the Wall"
2009–2011 V Ryan Nichols Main role, 22 episodes
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Luke Recurring role, 6 episodes
2013 American Dad! Craig Episode: "For Black Eyes Only"
2013–2014 Nurse Jackie Dr. Prentiss Main role (seasons 5–6), 17 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
2014 Legends Tony Rice Main role (season 1), 9 episodes
2015–2017 Rosewood Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. Lead role, 44 episodes
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
2016 This Is Us Himself
2018 Goliath Hakeem Rashad 7 episodes
2019 The Enemy Within FBI Agent Will Keaton Lead role
2019 Being Mary Jane Beau Mercer Guest Star
2019–present The Resident Dr. Barrett Cain Supporting actor role

Theatrical performancesEdit

  • Love In The Nick of Tyme (2007)
  • What My Husband Doesn't Know (2011)
  • The Nutcracker (2013)

Published workEdit

  • 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.


  1. ^ "Morris Chesnut, Also Known As: Morris Lamont Chestnut". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019". United Press International. January 1, 2019. Archived from the original on September 2, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019. actor Morris Chestnut in 1969 (age 51)
  3. ^ "Morris Chestnut". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2008), p.331.
  5. ^ "The Weeknd, Jussie Smollett Among People's Sexiest Men of the Year - Music News - ABC News Radio". ABC News Radio. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Carvajal, Edduin (2019-01-29). "Morris Chestnut's grown-up son shows off his shirtless body, posing by the sea in recent photos". Retrieved 2020-02-24.

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