Morris Chestnut (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor, who is known for his role in the Oscar-nominated film, Boyz N The Hood.

He has starred on several TV series, including Fox’s ‘Rosewood,’ where he portrayed pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. 

Chestnut’s first professional acting role was Jason Woodman in an episode of ‘Freddy’s Nightmares’ in 1990.

His film debut in the 1991 drama, Boyz n the Hood was his career breakthrough, and since then there is no looking back for him.

He has co-starred in standard big-budget studio films like ‘Under Siege 2: Dark Territory’ and  ‘G.I. Jane.’

He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his role in ‘The Best Man’ (1999), where he co-starred with Taye Diggs and Nia Long.

He worked with Steven Seagal in three movies, including ‘Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,’ ‘Half Past Dead,’ and ‘Prince of Pistols.’

Audiences were impressed by his chiseled physique in the movie, The Best Man Holiday, where he reprised his role as a pro football player from the movie, The Best Man.

People magazine named him one of the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in 2015.

The wide appraisal, he obtained for his body in the movie inspired him and celebrity fitness trainer, Obi Obadike to co-author a health and fitness book, ‘The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds’ in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body.

From 2013 to 2014, Chestnut had the main role as Dr. Prentiss in the series, Nurse Jackie.

Moreover, he played the lead in other series, including Out All Night, C-16: FBI, and V.

Chestnut has been an avid Texas Hold ’Em poker player.

A family man, he shares two children, a son and a daughter with his wife Pam Byse (married since 1995).

Chestnut has said that mutual respect has played a role in keeping them strong throughout the years.