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.
Is an excellent Texas Hold 'Em poker player. Recently (2005), held his own against 6 established poker professionals in a made for TV tournament.
Winner of the 1998 Madden Bowl, beating other celebrity talent as well as NFL stars in a tournament of John Madden Football.
You 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.
You 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.
This 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.
Showtime 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
You have to be insane to direct.
You can become really pigeon-holed in this industry.
When you are the lead in a romantic comedy, you have to worry about people really liking you.
To me the work is so much more interesting, the parts that don't require you just to take your shirt off.
This industry is very make-believe and you caught in a false sense of what reality is.
There are a lot of people in this business that don't work consistently.
Some people make a career out of doing one thing, but I wanted to diversify my body of work.
Producing is easier, I can just be at the set overseeing the story.
Oh yeah, I'm a huge romance fan. And some women like action.
Nah, I'm not a prima donna, but I just don't like being cold and wet.
It's not always about the money.
I've been in a situation where I was after the money.
I'm not going to take my shirt off in every movie.
I'm just happy to be working consistently.
I'm getting to the point where they see me as a good actor, rather than just a good guy who can act.
I would like more challenging roles. I definitely would like to something that's more challenging.
I want viewers to relate to me on a different level, not just a sexual level.
I want to tell stories for everyone, primarily.
I think the best type of action movie combines a love story with the action.
I enjoy what I do, but it's more challenging than people think.
At one point, people thought that Eddie Murphy would only reach one sector of the audience, but now everyone sees everything Eddie Murphy does.
And I think from a male perspective, we have men talking about their feelings and it being okay.
Unless 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.
It'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.
I 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.
A 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.