Morris Chestnut, born on January 1, 1969, rose to fame in 1991 following his role in the 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 T.V. series “Rosewood.”
The versatile American actor was born Morris Lamont Chestnut on January 1, 1969, in Cerritos, California, to Shirley (Wynn) and Morris Chestnut, Sr. He attended Richard Gahr High School and graduated in 1986. Chestnut later majored in finance and drama at California State University, Northridge. He is married to Pam Chestnut and has a son, Grant Chestnut, and a daughter, Paige Chestnut. The two first met in a club in Atlanta while he was there for a movie shoot.
Chestnut kick-started his acting career in 1990, with the brief role of Jason Woodman in an episode of the horror anthology “Freddy’s Nightmares — A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series,” titled “A Family Affair.” The series was a spin-off of the 1984 supernatural slasher film of the same name. Chestnut made his big-screen debut the following year when he was cast in the starring role of Ricky Baker in the teen drama “Boyz n the Hood.” The same year, he appeared in a cameo in the action–comedy “The Last Boy Scout.”
Chestnut also played a role in Patti LaBelle’s short-lived sitcom “Out All Night” and his career continued to rise steadily. 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 N.A.A.C.P. Image Award nomination.
He has produced the movies “When the Bough Breaks,” “Takers,” and “Not Easily Broken.” He has also produced the series “Stage Black,” and directed the 2014 short film “Breakdown.”
Chestnut starts his acting career with the brief role of Jason Woodman in an episode of the horror anthology “Freddy's Nightmares — A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series,” titled “A Family Affair.”
Chestnut makes his big-screen debut with the role of Ricky Baker in the teen drama “Boyz n the Hood.”
Chestnut marries Pam Chestnut.
“The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body,” Chestnut’s first book, is published.
Chestnut has produced the movies “When the Bough Breaks,” “Takers,” and “Not Easily Broken,” as well as the series “Stage Black.”
Why We Love Morris Chestnut
He is a poker lover
Chestnut is an avid poker player. He has a sponsorship arrangement with the online poker room Full Tilt Poker.
He is a football fan
Chestnut is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and the U.S.C. Trojans. He never misses a game!
He is an activist
He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma. They’re a group of men dedicated to enhancing and promoting systematic fellowship, justice, equal rights, and service to America's communities.
5 Surprising Facts
A T.V. competition winner
Morris became a winner of the T.V. Madden Bowl video game competition, held during the Super Bowl, in 1998.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame
In March 2022, Chestnut got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He wanted to play pro football
Chestnut hoped for a scholarship to play college football and eventually play in the N.F.L.
He worked at a bank
He worked as a bank teller in college before discovering acting
“Love in the Nick of Tyme”
Chestnut appeared in the off-Broadway play “Love in the Nick of Tyme” in 2007.
Morris Chestnut FAQs
Who is Morris Chestnut's wife?
Morris Chestnut has been married to Pam Byse-Chestnut since 1995.
How many children does Morris Chestnut have
Chestnut and his wife have two children, a son, Grant, and a daughter, Paige.
What religion is Morris Chestnut?
Chestnut is a practicing Christian.
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