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Morris Chestnut Biography

Birth Place:
Cerritos, California, United States

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


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