Written by, Melony Carter

Morris L. Chestnut the husband, father, actor, and producer; was born January 1, 1969 in Cerritos, California. As a former college student –with aspirations of playing in the NFL—Morris attended California State University where he studied drama and finance.

Acting since the early 90’s, he first appeared in an episode of Freddy’s Nightmares in 1990. That following year in 1991 he was able to land his first big-time role, as Ricky; in the film ‘Boyz n the Hood’, which was directed by John Singleton. Later in 1993, Morris acquired the leading role in the Civil Rights movie, ‘The Ernest Green Story’.

Some of his other acting accomplishments include: his performances in the films The Best Man (1999) and its sequel (2013), The Brothers (2001), Two Can Play That Game, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), G.I. Jane (1997) and Half Past Dead (2002), Breakin’ All the Rules (2004) and the Bishop T.D. Jakes’s novel-based film Not Easily Broken (2009).

Married to Pam Byse in 1995, they have two children. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2000 for The Best Man; he has also performed in the off-Broadway play Love in the Nick of Tyme (2007). Currently, Mr. Chestnut is hosting and the co-excutive producer of the BET show Vindicated.

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