Fast Facts

  • Hoped for a scholarship to play college football and eventually play in the NFL.
  • Worked as a bank teller in college before discovering acting. 
  • Made his acting debut in an episode of Freddy's Nightmares in 1990. 
  • Film debut was in the 1991 movie Boyz N the Hood as teenage father Ricky Baker.
  • Landed a regular role in 1992 on the NBC comedy Out All Night. 
  • Was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2000 for his role in the movie The Best Man.  
  • Appeared in the off-Broadway play Love in the Nick of Tyme in 2007.


  • Shirley Chestnut — Mother
  • Morris Chestnut Sr. — Father
  • Pamela Byse — Wife


  • Attended Long Beach City College, Long Beach, California, United States; attended California State University, Northridge, California, United States

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  • Birth Place: Cerritos, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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