Morris Chestnut

Morris Chestnut

  • Born on
    • January 1st, 1969
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 2009-11 TV series V. Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California where he graduated from RichardGahrHigh School in 1986. He subsequently studied finance and drama at CaliforniaStateUniversity, Northridge. 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 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. 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 subsequently starred in The Brothers, another film centering on the themes of fidelity and success among urban 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. He also was a football player in "The Game Plan" Chestnut is married to Pam Byse with whom he has a son and a daughter. In an interview for, he said that he prefers to keep his private life private. Chestnut is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and the USC Trojans. Morris Chestnut is also an avid poker player, and has a sponsorship arrangement with online poker room Full Tilt Poker. He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma


Acting (30 Credits)

2022Our Kind of People as Raymond Dupont
2019The Enemy Within as Will Keaton
2016When the Bough Breaks as John Taylor
2015The Perfect Guy as Dave
2015Heist as Dog
2015Rosewood as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr.
2013The Best Man Holiday as Lance Sullivan
2013The Call as Officer Paul Phillips
2013Identity Thief as Detective Reilly
2013Kick-Ass 2 as Detective Marcus Williams
2009Not Easily Broken as Dave Johnson
2009V (2009) as Ryan Nichols
2007The Perfect Holiday as Benjamin Armstrong
2007The Game Plan as Travis Sanders
2005The Cave as Top Buchanan
2004Breakin' All the Rules as Evan
2004Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid as Gordon Mitchell
2004Ladder 49 as Tommy Drake
2003Confidence as Travis
2002Half Past Dead as Donald Robert Johnson
2002Like Mike as Tracey Reynolds
2001The Brothers as Jackson Smith
2001Two Can Play That Game as Keith Fenton
2001Scenes of the Crime as Ray
1999The Best Man as Lance Sullivan
1997G.I. Jane as McCool
1995Under Siege 2: Dark Territory as Bobby Zachs
1994The Inkwell as Harold Lee
1991Boyz n the Hood as Ricky Baker
1991The Last Boy Scout as Locker Room Kid

Himself (1 Credits)

2017Girls Trip as Himself


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