Morris Chestnut Bio
Morris Lamont Chestnut, Jr., born on 1 January 1969 in Cerritos, California, is an American actor.
After graduating from Richard Gahr High School in 1986, he studied finance and drama at California State University, Northridge.
Morris Chestnuts’s first job, after completion of his studies, was as a bank teller. His first professional acting role came in 1990, when he was casted as Jadon in Freddy’s Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series, season 2, episode 19 (“A Family Affair”).
In 1991, he landed his first feature film role as Ricky Baker in Boyz n the Hood, and the success of the movie catapulted Morris Chestnut into the limelight. He has since appeared in numerous feature films, television series and two theatrical performances.
Morris Chestnut Personal Details
- Born Name: Morris Lamont Chestnut, Jr.
- Age (in 2017): 48
- Date of Birth: January 1, 1969
- Birthplace: Cerritos, California, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
- Occupation: Actor
- Net worth: 14 Million
- Official Website: http://www.morrischestnut.com/
- Official Twitter: @Morris_Chestnut
Morris Chestnut Family Tree
- Wife name: Pam Byse
- Boy: Grant Chestnut
- Daughter: Paige Chestnut
- Father name: Morris L. Chestnut, Sr.
- Mother name: Shirley Chestnut
Morris Chestnut Relationship History
Below is the relationship and dating history for Morris Chestnut with his past and current girlfriend details.
Morris Chestnut dated:
- Pam Byse (1995-PRESENT) – Morris Chestnut married Pam Byse in 1995. The couple has two children together, and their marriage has lasted for decades.
Morris Chestnut Body Measurements, Weight Loss, Diet and Exercise Routine
Morris Chestnut Body Measurements
- Height in Feet: 6′ 0″
- Height in Centimeters: 183 cm
- Weight in Pounds: 188 pounds
- Weight in Kilogram: 85 kg
In preparation for the role of Lance Sullivan (a professional football player) in the movie The Best Man Holiday, Morris Chestnut had get in back into shape. He went from potbelly to ribbed abs in 12 weeks, and lost a total of 33 pounds (about 25 pounds in first nine weeks, and then he lost the last 8 to 9 pounds in the final three and a half weeks).
Weight Loss Before and After
- Before: 220 lbs. (99.8 kg); 17-18% body fat
- After: 187 lbs. (84.8 kg); 6% body fat
Morris Chestnut followed a clean, high-protein diet with a macronutrient ratio of 50 to 55 percent protein, 35 percent carbohydrates and 15 percent fat. He limited calories to 10- to 12-calories-per-pound (per day), and started off at 2 200 calories a day and then slowly went down 100 calories every week, until he reached 1 600 calories per day.
His diet consisted of a lot of chicken, turkey, steak, veggies, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, oatmeal and egg whites. He also drank eight glasses of water a day, and stayed away from junk food.
- Monday: Biceps/Triceps/Abs
3 sets of exercises for biceps, 10-12 reps
3 sets of exercises for triceps, 10-12 reps
3 sets of exercises for abs, 10-12 reps
Exercises performed as tri-sets, doing one set for biceps, one set for triceps and one set for abs consecutively throughout the workout.
Cardio: 12 x 100 meters (run at 50 to 60 percent speed)
- Tuesday: Chest
4 sets of exercises for chest, 10-12 reps
Cardio: 45 minutes of cardio: 15 minutes walk/warm-up; then alternate 30 seconds fast running with 30 seconds walking for 30 minutes
- Wednesday: Legs/Abs
4 sets of exercises for legs, 10-12 reps
3 sets of exercises for calves, 10-12 reps
3 sets of exercises for abs, 25 reps
Exercises performed as tri-sets, doing one set for quads/glutes/hamstrings, one set for calves and one set for abs consecutively throughout the workout.
Cardio: Same as Monday
- Thursday: Shoulders/Back
4 sets of exercises for shoulders, 10-12 reps
4 sets of exercises for back, 10-12 reps
Exercises performed as supersets, doing one set for shoulders and one set for back consecutively throughout the workout.
Cardio: Same as Tuesday
- Friday: Abs
3 sets of exercises for abs, 25 reps
Cardio: Same as Monday and Wednesday
- Saturday and Sunday
- Chest, biceps and abs circuit (one set of chest, followed by one set of biceps and a final set of abs). Rest for 30 seconds maximum before repeating.
- At the end of the program, he was doing four sets of 12 pull-ups.
- He did a lot of interval cardio training: Sprint 30 seconds, walk 30 seconds on the treadmill — move up the mph to 8 to 9 for 30 seconds, then move it down to 3.0 and walk for 30 seconds.
- His weight training was mostly circuit-training.
- Circuit training (five days a week)
- Basketball (once a week)
- Three mile distance running (Occassionally)
- Lifting weights – everything from legs to upper body (four to five days a week)
Morris Chestnut Fun Facts
Morris Chestnut Career Highlights & Awards
- 1999 – NAACP Image Award: Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (The Best Man) (Nominated)
- 2013 – Acapulco Black Film Festival Award: Best Acting Ensemble (The Best Man Holiday) (Won)
- 2013 – Acapulco Black Film Festival Award: Best Actor (The Best Man Holiday) (Nominated)
- 2013 – NAACP Image Award: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (The Best Man Holiday) (Nominated)
- 2014 – NAACP Image Award: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Nurse Jackie) (Won)
- 2016 – NAACP Image Award: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (Rosewood) (Nominated)
Morris Chestnut Quotes
“I find myself in each character, so there is a part of me in most of my characters. I would say Lance (The Best Man Holiday) is pretty close to who I am, just in terms of his priorities in life, how he treats his family, how he treats his wife and his passion for sports.”
“What would be important is for women to understand that men don’t have it all figured out. There are so many different dynamics to a woman and so many different things that women in general go through that men just don’t understand. I like to call it beautifully complex. Unless a woman is involved with a straight knuckle head, sometimes you just need to be a little bit more patient with a man or a potential partner because he may not be as perceptive or he may not be as informed as it seems.”