Date of Birth : Jan 1st 1969
Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California where he graduated from Richard Gahr High School in 1986. He subsequently studied finance and drama at California State University, Northridge. Chestnut is married, and said (in an interview for essence.com) that he prefers to keep his private life private.
Chestnut is an excellent Texas Hold ‘Em poker player. Recently held his own against 6 established poker professionals in a made for TV tournament. He can currently be spotted occasionally on Full Tilt Poker, as Morris Chestnut.
In 1998, he won the annual Madden Bowl. In 1999, Chestnut starred in The Best Man with Taye Diggs and Nia Long, playing a professional football player on the eve of his wedding. The Best Man earned pretty good reviews, did well at the box office, and even earned Chestnut a NAACP Image Award nomination for his performance. He followed it up with The Brothers, another film centering on the themes of fidelity and success among urban professionals. (2007) Mr. Chestnut is currently starring in his first professional stage performance with the lead role of “Marcelles Wynters” in the David E. Talbert Production of “Love in THE NICK OF TYME” He is also one of the Producers of this stage production. He is currently filming the movie Not Easily Broken with Maeve Quinlan and Taraji P. Henson.
He has worked with Steven Seagal three times. He was both Seagal’s character’s partner, and main enemy. In Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Chestnut is Seagal’s character’s reluctant partner. In Half Past Dead and Prince of Pistols he co-stars as the main villain.