Nelsan Ellis Biography

Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Nelsan Ellis (born c. 1978) is an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood. Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois. Following his parents' divorce, Ellis and his mother moved to Alabama. He moved back to Illinois as a teenager, and graduated from Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois, in 1997. Ellis attended Juilliard and, while there, wrote a semi-autobiographical play titled Ugly that was performed at the school and later won the Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award. Ellis won a 2008 Satellite Award from the International Press Academy for best supporting actor in a television series for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True Blood. Ellis won the "Brink of Fame: Actor" award at the 2009 NewNowNext Awards.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Inside 2005 Crime
True Blood Lafayette Reynolds 2008 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Warm Springs 2005 Drama
The Soloist 2009 0
Secretariat Eddie Sweat 2010
The Butler Martin Luther King Jr. 2013
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Wainwright 2013 Thriller
Gods Behaving Badly Dionysus 2013 Comedy, Drama
The Stanford Prison Experiment Jesse Fletcher 2015 Drama, Thriller
True to the Game Tyrik 2016 Drama
Nowhere Ever After Mack 2016 Drama