MORRIS CHESTNUT (Lance) is in high demand for leading roles in major motion pictures, having starred the films Think Like a Man, with Kevin Hart; Not Easily Broken, with Taraji P. Henson; The Game Plan, with Dwayne Johnson; and Ladder 49, with John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix.
Born in Cerritos, California, Chestnut grew up playing sports and attended college at California State University, Los Angeles, before entering the entertainment business in 1990 with a small role in Freddy's Nightmares. This led to a memorable co-starring role as high school football player Ricky Baker in John Singleton's acclaimed Boyz n the Hood, a part that brought Chestnut into mainstream Hollywood stardom.
Among Chestnut's many film credits are the films The Cave, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Like Mike, The Last Boy Scout, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, G.I. Jane, The Best Man, The Brothers, Breakin' All the Rules, Confidence, Two Can Play That Game and The Inkwell.
Recent theatrical releases for Chestnut include Identity Thief, with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman; The Call, with Halle Berry; and Kick-Ass 2, with Jim Carrey.
For television, Chestnut stars in Showtime's critically acclaimed Nurse Jackie. He has also appeared in television series such as American Horror Story, V and C-16: FBI.