Nelsan Ellis - Famous Playwright

Nelsan Ellis Net Worth


Nelsan Ellis was a famous American actor known for his role as Lafayette on the hit HBO series “True Blood”. At the time of his unfortunate passing on July 8, 2017, he had a net worth of $3 million dollars.

Key facts:

  • Nelsan Ellis is an American actor known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in the TV series True Blood.
  • He was trained at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City and spent several years as a stage actor.
  • Ellis wrote his first stage play called Ugly which was inspired by the murder of his sister. The play shed light on domestic violence in families and won him the Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award.
  • Prior to his acting career, Ellis joined the U.S. Marine Corps for a time.
  • Athletic before becoming an actor, Ellis was persuaded by his teachers to take up a role in the play The Colored Museum which eventually led him to pursuing acting full time.

Basic Information About Nelsan Ellis

Full NameNelsan Ellis
CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsActor, Playwright, Film Producer
Net worth$3,000,000
Date of birth1978-11-30 (45 years old)
Place of birthHarvey
NationalityUnited States of America
EducationJuilliard School
FatherTommie Lee Thompson
MotherJackie Ellis
SiblingsEight (Alice Nellis, Babon Ellis, Lakeeia Thomson, Maurice Turne, Shaentika Beard, Tianna Thompson, Tommie Lee Thompson, Yvonne Ellis)
KidsTwo (a son Breon Ellis and a daughter)
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ Imdb

What Movie Awards did Nelsan Ellis win?


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Nelsan Ellis awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Actor - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNomineeTrue Blood2010
Image Award - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNomineeTrue Blood2012
Image Award - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNomineeTrue Blood2011
Vision Award - Best Performance - DramaNomineeTrue Blood2015
Special Achievement Award - Best Ensemble, TelevisionWinnerTrue Blood2009

Nelsan Ellis roles

Movie / Series Role
The HelpHenry The Waiter
The Stanford Prison ExperimentJesse Fletcher
The ButlerMartin Luther King Jr.
Get on UpBobby Byrd
The ExpressWill Davis, Jr.
The SoloistDavid Carter
SecretariatEddie Sweat
The Reluctant FundamentalistWainwright
Veronica MarsApollo Bukenya 1 episode, 2007
Made in HollywoodSelf 2 episodes, 2010-2014
The TalkSelf - Guest 1 episode, 2011
True BloodLafayette Reynolds 81 episodes, 2008-2014
Chelsea LatelySelf - Guest 1 episode, 2012

Nelsan Ellis's Quotes

  • [his thoughts on gay marriage] I 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.

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Interesting Facts about Nelsan Ellis

  1. Moved from Alabama to New York to attend the prestigious acting program at Juilliard.
  2. Born in Harvey, IL. Moved to Bessemer, AL, with his family at age six. Moved to Dolton, IL, at 14, where he attended Thornridge High School.
  3. Wrote the play "Ugly" about the devastating effects of domestic abuse after his sister Alice was shot by her husband in 2002. He staged the play while a student at Julliard, and received the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Martin E. Segal Award for his efforts.
  4. Had six siblings.
  5. Had two young children with his wife at the time of his death--a son Breon Ellis and newborn daughter.
  6. Served in the United States Marine Corps but quit shortly after enlisting.

Additional information of Nelsan Ellis

Lucky Number11
Lucky StoneTurquoise
Lucky ColorOrange
Best Match for MarriageLeo, Aquarius
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorBlack

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