Morris Lamont Chestnut Jr. (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor. He first came to attention for his role in the 1991 film Boyz N The Hood. He has appeared in small feature films and on television series, including the starring role of pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. in the Fox TV series Rosewood.
Chestnut at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
January 1, 1969 (age 50)
Cerritos, California, U.S.
Pam Byse Chestnut (m. 1995)
Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California, the son of Morris Lamont Chestnut Sr. and Shirley Chestnut. 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). He was also a regular cast member on C-16, in the role of Special Agent Mal Robinson, from 1997 to 1998.
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.
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. Audiences were so impressed by his chiseled physique, that it led to Morris Chestnut’s, along with Celebrity Fitness Trainer Obi Obadike’s, authoring a health & fitness book called The Cut. The Cut, published on April 18, 2017, contains exercise drills and recipes intended to help with long term weight loss.
|1990||Freddy's Nightmares||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|
|1997–1998||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
|2018||Goliath||Hakeem Rashad||7 episodes|
|2019||The Enemy Within||Will Keaton||Lead role|
|2019||Being Mary Jane||Beau Mercer||Guest Star|
- Love In The Nick of Tyme (2007)
- What My Husband Doesn't Know (2011)
- The Nutcracker (2013)
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- "Morris Lamont Chestnut". "Fast Facts" TV Guide
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- Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2008), p.331.
- "The Game Plan". MovieWeb.
- "Among People's Sexiest Men of the Year" Retrieved October 4, 2016
- Morris Chestnut & Obi Obadike’s book “The Cut: Lose up to 10 Pounds in 10 days and Sculpt Your Best Body” Retrieved May 12, 2017
- "Morris Chestnut « Pynk Celebrity". web.archive.org. 12 February 2010.
- "Morris Chestnut Net Worth - Plenty Of Cheddar".