Morris Chestnut Net Worth

Morris Chestnut Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Morris Chestnut net worth is
$14 Million

Morris Chestnut Wiki Biography

Morris Chestnut was born on 1 January 1969 in Cerritos, California USA, to parents Shirley and Morris Chestnut.  Morris is an actor, perhaps best known for his ability to portray a variety of characters in very different films and TV series’, obviously a strength which has enabled him to work consistently since his acting debut in 1990.

So just how rich is Morris Chestnut? Sources have recently estimated that Morris has a net worth of $14 million, all accumulated from his acting on TV and the big screen.

Morris Chestnut Net Worth $14 Million

Morris Chestnut attended Richard Gahr High School until 1986, and then graduated with a degree in finance and drama from California State University, Northridge, in 1989.

The first significant source increasing Morris Chestnut’s net worth was his TV acting debut in “Freddy`s Nightmares: a Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series”, portraying the character named Jadon in season 2 which was aired in 1990. “Boyz ‘n the Hood” is recognized as being Morris`s first big screen film role, which added to his net worth, plus in “Chestnut” while portraying Ricky Baker.

Morris Chestnut has worked a few times in collaboration with the highly-rated Steven Seagal. Their partnership has featured in “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory” (1995), “Half Past Dead(2002)”, and “Prince of Pistols”(2008), generally playing the villain..

In demonstrating Morris Chestnut’s versatility, he starred in “The Brothers” in 2001, which featured the quite unique topic of successful young professionals. In “Ladder 49”, Morris portrayed a firefighter. In “The Best Man” he starred as a professional football player along with Nia Long, Taye Diggs, which was received very well by the critics, and Morris even received a nomination for an NAACP Image Award. As for football, in “The Game Plan” Morris also starred as a playerl. There are no doubts these performances added significant revenues to the total size of Morris Chestnut’s net worth.

Morris Chestnut’s other notable TV and film credits include “Like Mike”, “Two Can Play That Game”, “The Best Man”, “Think Like a Man”, “Not Easily Broken”, “The Perfect Holiday”,” V”,  “Out All Night, and “G. I. Jane” All these performances undoubtedly boosted the total size of Morris Chestnut’s net worth. Morris Chestnut has also had roles in such films as “The Inkwell”, “Higher Learning”, “Like Mike”, “Confidence”, “Breakin` All the Rules”, “The Cave”, “Identify Thief”, and “Nurse Jackie”.

Additionally, Morris Chestnut`s career has featured such theatrical performances as “What Your Husband Doesn`t Know”, and “Love in the Nick of Tyme”. Currently, Morris has been hosting the show called “Vindicated”.

What is more, Morris became a winner of the TV Madden Bowl video game competition, held during the Super Bowl, in 1998.

As regards Morris Chestnut’s personal life, in 1995 he married Pam Byse; the couple have welcomed two children.

Full NameMorris Chestnut
Net Worth$14 Million
Salary$14 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1969
Place Of BirthCerritos, California, United States
Height6 ft (1.83 m)
ProfessionActor, Film Producer
EducationGahr High School, California State University, Northridge, Harvard University, Columbia University, City College of New York, University of Chicago
NationalityUnited States of America
SpousePam Byse (m. 1995)
ChildrenPaige Chestnut, Grant Chestnut
ParentsShirley Chestnut, Morris Chestnut, Sr.
NicknamesMorris L. Chestnut , Chester Mushroom
AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
NominationsNAACP Image Award
Movies"Rosewood" (2015-), "The Best Man Holiday" (2013), "The Perfect Guy" (2015), "Boyz n the Hood" (1991)
TV Shows"Vindicated", "What Your Husband Doesn`t Know", "Love in the Nick of Tyme"
1You start making movies and people start seeing when you go to places, and all of a sudden you are getting clothes for free and all of a sudden you are getting food for free.
2You go from movies where you are wearing nice clothes and you're trying to smell good to a movie where you are in water and you are wet all day, and you are dealing with that elements, it gets rough, but it was definitely something I wanted to try.
3This film is what it is. It's a campy thriller horror movie where you go and have fun. With these types of films, you can't take it too seriously. They are what they are.
4Showtime has given new, young filmmakers - black, white, across the board - an opportunity to make films, as well as actors who want to cross over into directing.
5I would never want any of my kids to go into this industry; not until they are old enough to understand and if this is something that they really want to do.
6I think that Mos Def is the best actor, but when you talk about rappers in films, I don't really think the quality of the acting is most important because most rappers are put in movies because of the personality and people want to see that.
7I hate being cold and I hate being wet and around 80% percent of this film I was cold and another 60% I was cold and wet, so it wasn't the best shoot for me.
8I did a film which was considered an independent movie with Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia called Confidence, and that's the type of film I was willing to take a chance on that because of the caliber of people involved with the film.
9You have to be insane to direct.
10You can become really pigeon-holed in this industry.
11When you are the lead in a romantic comedy, you have to worry about people really liking you.
12To me the work is so much more interesting, the parts that don't require you just to take your shirt off.
13This industry is very make-believe and you caught in a false sense of what reality is.
14There are a lot of people in this business that don't work consistently.
15Some people make a career out of doing one thing, but I wanted to diversify my body of work.
16Producing is easier, I can just be at the set overseeing the story.
17Oh yeah, I'm a huge romance fan. And some women like action.
18Nah, I'm not a prima donna, but I just don't like being cold and wet.
19It's not always about the money.
20I've been in a situation where I was after the money.
21I'm not going to take my shirt off in every movie.
22I'm just happy to be working consistently.
23I'm getting to the point where they see me as a good actor, rather than just a good guy who can act.
24I would like more challenging roles. I definitely would like to something that's more challenging.
25I want viewers to relate to me on a different level, not just a sexual level.
26I want to tell stories for everyone, primarily.
27I think the best type of action movie combines a love story with the action.
28I enjoy what I do, but it's more challenging than people think.
29At one point, people thought that Eddie Murphy would only reach one sector of the audience, but now everyone sees everything Eddie Murphy does.
30And I think from a male perspective, we have men talking about their feelings and it being okay.
31Unless you are really grounded and have a true sense of reality, you can get lost in that and a lot of people do and that's why you see so many people with successful careers but with destructive lives.
32It's hard when you see a scene where it's raining, and we have the rain machine, and you see it for 5 minutes, but that scene takes all day to shoot, and you do it with rain, and the dry off, and go back and do it again.
33I am just another fireman because the story focuses on Joaquin Phoenix's character, but I play Joaquin's close friend and I get burned up a little bit, but I don't die.
34A lot of times, women don't get the male perspective in regards to a relationship, what men go through when they're not really dealing well.
1Had a cameo appearance, but was uncredited, in the movie Higher Learning (1995) as one of the track runners on the team.
2Purchased $1.5 million estate in suburban Los Angeles.
3Has worked with Steven Seagal twice. He was both Seagal's character's partner and main enemy. In Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), Chestnut is Seagal's character's reluctant partner. In Half Past Dead (2002), he co-starred as the main villain.
4Is an excellent Texas Hold 'Em poker player. Recently (2005), held his own against 6 established poker professionals in a made for TV tournament.
5Winner of the 1998 Madden Bowl, beating other celebrity talent as well as NFL stars in a tournament of John Madden Football.


Rosewood2015-2016TV SeriesDr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. / Rosewood
When the Bough Breaks2016John Taylor
Legends2014-2015TV SeriesTony Rice
The Perfect Guy2015/IDave
Nurse Jackie2013-2014TV SeriesDr. Ike Prentiss
The Best Man Holiday2013Lance
Kick-Ass 22013Detective Marcus Williams
The Call2013/IIOfficer Paul Phillips
American Dad!2013TV SeriesCraig
Identity Thief2013Detective Reilly
Think Like a Man2012James (uncredited)
American Horror Story2011TV SeriesLuke
V2009-2011TV SeriesRyan Nichols
Love in the Nick of Tyme2009VideoMarcelles Wynters
Not Easily Broken2009Dave Johnson
The Prince of Motor City2008TV MovieLeo Moore
The Perfect Holiday2007Benjamin
The Game Plan2007Travis Sanders
Bones2005TV SeriesAgent Oakes
The Cave2005Top Buchanan
Dante2005TV MovieDante
Ladder 492004Tommy Drake
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid2004Gordon Mitchell
Breakin' All the Rules2004Evan Fields
Half Past Dead200249er One Donald Robert Johnson
Like Mike2002Tracy Reynolds
The Killing Yard2001TV MovieShango
Scenes of the Crime2001Ray
Two Can Play That Game2001Keith Fenton
The Brothers2001Jackson Smith
ER2000TV SeriesICU Nurse Frank 'Rambo' Bacon
The Best Man1999Lance Sullivan
C-16: FBI1997-1998TV SeriesMal Robinson
Firehouse1997TV MovieAndre
G.I. Jane1997McCool
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory1995Bobby Zachs
Higher Learning1995Track Anchor (uncredited)
The Inkwell1994Harold Lee
Living Single1994TV SeriesHamilton Brown
Out All Night1992-1993TV SeriesJeff Carswell
The Ernest Green Story1993TV MovieErnest (Brother) Green
In the Line of Duty: Street War1992TV MoviePrince Franklin
The Last Boy Scout1991Locker Room Kid
Boyz n the Hood1991Ricky Baker
Freddy's Nightmares1990TV SeriesJason Woodman


When the Bough Breaks2016executive producer
Takers2010executive producer
Love in the Nick of Tyme2009Video producer
Not Easily Broken2009executive producer
Stage Black2007TV Series executive producer - 2007




The Chew2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2015TV SeriesHimself
Let's Go, DFW!2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reel Junkie2015TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20152015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Lifestyle Magazine2014TV Series documentaryHimself
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nurse Jackie Season 5: New to the Floor2014Video documentary short
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Insider2013TV SeriesHimself
ES.TV HD2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Enduring Significance of Boyz n the Hood2011Video documentary shortHimself
The Jace Hall Show2009-2011TV SeriesHimself
Project: Comic-Con2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2009TV SeriesHimself
14th Annual Inner City Destiny Awards2006VideoHimself - Presenter
In the Cutz2006TV Series
106 & Park Top 10 Live2005TV SeriesHimself
The N Word2004DocumentaryHimself
Friendly Fire: Making an Urban Legend2003Video documentary shortHimself
2nd Annual BET Awards2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Ananda Lewis Show2001TV SeriesHimself
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
31st NAACP Image Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHimself
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1993TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - Guest
Good Morning America2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself
Young Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
The Real2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2009-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2016TV SeriesHimself
The 47th NAACP Image Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Conan2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Talk2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Dr. Oz Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood Live2015TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2015TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

V2010TV SeriesRyan Nichols

Won Awards

2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastThe Best Man Holiday (2013)
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNurse Jackie (2009)

Nominated Awards

2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesRosewood (2015)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest ActorThe Best Man Holiday (2013)
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureThe Best Man Holiday (2013)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActorThe Killing Yard (2001)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Best Man (1999)

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