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Nelsan Ellis Net Worth, Biography, Wiki in 2017-2016

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Nelsan Ellis net worth:
$3 Million

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Nelsan Ellis Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Nelsan Ellis was born on the 30th November 1978, in Hilton Harvey, Illinois USA, and is an actor who is probably best recognized for starring in the role of Carter Howard in the FOX crime drama series “The Inside” (2005-2006), playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO horror series “True Blood” (2008-2014), and as Shinwell Johnson in the CBS procedural drama series “Elementary” (2016-2017). He is also known as a playwright. His career has been active since 2002.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Nelsan Ellis is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Nelsan’s net worth is over $3 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry as a professional actor, and as a playwright.

Nelsan Ellis Net Worth $3 Million

Nelsan Ellis spent his childhood with his siblings in Bessemer, Alabama, where he was raised by his grandmother after the divorce of his parents. There he attended Jess Lanier High School for a year, after which he transferred to McAdory High School. When he was 15 years old, he returned to Illinois, and in 1997 he matriculated from Thornridge High School in Dolton. As a 17-year-old boy, Nelsan became a member of the US Marines, but soon quit, and continued his education at Illinois State University. While in college, he won the National Championship in Duo Interpretation, as well as the National Forensic Association tournament, and then enrolled at the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, from which he graduated with a BFA degree in 2004.

Nelsan’s acting career actually began in 2002, when he made his debut appearance in the short drama “Lost”. His breakout came three years later, when he starred in the role of Roy Collier in the TV film “Warm Springs” (2005), and was then selected to portray Carter Howard in the TV crime drama series “The Inside” (2005-2006), starring alongside Adam Baldwin and Rachel Nichols. In the following year, he guest-starred in “Veronica Mars”, and “Without A Trace”. All of these roles increased his net worth considerably.

In 2008, Nelsan won the role of Lafayette Reynolds in the TV series “True Blood”, starring with Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Sam Trammell and which lasted until 2014. This role earned him enormous success, and since then his career has only gone upwards, as well as his net worth. He subsequently appeared in a number of film titles, such as “The Express” (2008) playing Will Davis, Jr., “Secretariat” (2010) as Eddie Sweat, and “Get On Up” (2014) in the role of Bobby Byrd, among others, all contributing to his net worth.

To speak further about his acting career, Nelsan was cast in Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s film entitled “The Stanford Prison Experiment” in 2015, and in the following year appeared in “True To The Game” and “Little Boxes”. Most recently, he landed the role of Shinwell Johnson in the TV series “Elementary” (2016-2017), which will certainly increase his net worth.

Thanks to his accomplishments in the film industry and his work on “True Blood”, Nelsan has won a number of recognitions and awards, including the 2008 Satellite Award, the 2009 Ewwy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, the 2011 NAACP Image Award, etc.

Additionally to this, Nelsan is also known as a playwright, writing the play entitled “Ugly”, while he was a student, for which he earned the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Martin E. Segal Award.

When it comes to his personal life, Nelsan Ellis is rumoured to be married, but keeps his love life to himself, and the only other thing known to the media is his current residence, which is in Los Angeles, California.


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Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Help (2011)· Jessica Chastain
· Viola Davis
· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Allison Janney
· Chris Lowell
· Sissy Spacek
· Octavia Spencer
· Mary Steenburgen
· Emma Stone
· Cicely Tyson
· Mike Vogel
2009Special Achievement AwardSatellite AwardsBest Ensemble, TelevisionTrue Blood (2008)· Chris Bauer
· Mehcad Brooks
· Anna Camp
· Michelle Forbes
· Mariana Klaveno
· Ryan Kwanten
· Todd Lowe
· Michael McMillian
· Stephen Moyer
· Anna Paquin
· Jim Parrack
· Carrie Preston
· William Sanderson
· Alexander Skarsgård
· Sam Trammell
· Rutina Wesley
· Deborah Ann Woll
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionTrue Blood (2008)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor, Motion PictureGet on Up (2014)
2015Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance - DramaTrue Blood (2008)
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesTrue Blood (2008)
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesTrue Blood (2008)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesTrue Blood (2008)· Chris Bauer
· Mehcad Brooks
· Anna Camp
· Michelle Forbes
· Mariana Klaveno
· Ryan Kwanten
· Todd Lowe
· Michael McMillian
· Stephen Moyer
· Anna Paquin
· Jim Parrack
· Carrie Preston
· William Sanderson
· Alexander Skarsgård
· Sam Trammell
· Rutina Wesley
· Deborah Ann Woll
2009Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Supporting ActorTrue Blood (2008)


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#Fact
1Wrote Play "Ugly" about the devastating effects of domestic abuse, after his sister Alice was shot by her husband in 2002. Nelsan staged the play while a student at Julliard. Received the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Martin E. Segal Award for his efforts.
2Born in Harvey, Illinois. Moved to Bessemer, Alabama at age 6. Moved to Dolton, Illinois at 14 where he attended Thornridge High School.
3Moved from Alabama to New York to attend the prestigious acting program at Juilliard.

#Quote
1I support it. I think anybody should - I mean - I have my religious views, but I don't choose to oppress them on anybody. I think in this country, anybody can do whatever they want to do as long as it's not hurting anybody else or violating the laws of society. If you want to get married to a man then get married to a man. If two women want to get married they should get married. It's not hurting me. The beautiful thing about this country is that I can be a Christian and feel free to do so. Or somebody cannot be a Christian and do whatever that entails. Or somebody can be a Christian and still be gay and I support it. Let gay people get married. [Ellis in a "Vibe" Magazine interview, when he was asked about his thoughts about gay marriage.]


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