actor, author, producer, entrepreneur, known for The Best Man franchise, upcoming in Hulu's Reasonable Doubt & BET+'s Diarra from Detroit
Morris Chestnut has enjoyed tremendous critical and commercial success as a film and television star for more than two decades. He is best known for his memorable roles in films such as BOYZ IN THE HOOD, THE BROTHERS, THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, THINK LIKE A MAN, and the commercially and critically acclaimed THE BEST MAN and its successful sequel THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY.
He recently reprised his role as 'Lance Sullivan' in Peacock's limited series THE BEST MAN: THE FINAL CHAPTERS (December 2022), that marked Peacock’s biggest ever series debut and first original project to make it onto Nielsen’s Top 10 streaming rankings. He received a NAACP Image Award for his performance. He will next star in season 2 of Hulu's REASONABLE DOUBT.
Prior, he starred in FOX drama THE RESIDENT as “Dr. Barrett Cain,” an intimidating neurosurgeon who believes himself to be a superman physician, capable of curing crippling diseases. He’s charming when he wants to be, but utterly ruthless in his quest for money and power. Before that, he starred in the NBC drama, THE ENEMY WITHIN. He portrayed FBI Agent Will Keaton who turns to a former CIA Operative (Jennifer Carpenter) now jailed and known as the most notorious traitor in American history for help in solving crimes.
Chestnut also starred in the Fox series “Rosewood”, a drama centered on a pathologist who teams up with the Miami police to help solve the city’s most challenging cases. For his performance, Chestnut received his fourth NAACP Image Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.”
Chestnut's recent films include Screen Gems’ WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, Sony Pictures’ THE PERFECT GUY and opposite Robert De Niro in the heist thriller film BUS 657. He starred opposite Halle Berry in TriStar Pictures’ THE CALL, which became a surprise critical and commercial success. That same year, he also starred in Universal Pictures’ summer action film, KICK ASS 2, opposite Jim Carrey and Chloe Grace Moretz, and the studio’s tent pole summer comedy IDENTITY THIEF, opposite Melissa McCarthy.
His television credits include memorable roles on the TNT show LEGENDS opposite Sean Bean, FX’S first season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Amazon’s GOLIATH opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Showtime’s critically acclaimed series NURSE JACKIE, which earned him the 2014 NAACP Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his performance as ‘Dr. Prentiss’.