Nelsan Ellis


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Nelsan Ellis Biography

Nelsan Ellis is best known as Actor who has an estimated Net Worth of $3 Million. Known for his role as Bobby Byrd in the 2014 movie Get On Up, he also famously played Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood. For his role in the latter production, he received Ewwy, Satellite, Scream, and NAACP Image awards.  He was born on November 30,1977, Harvey, IL. He appeared in a small role in the 2011 film The Help. After briefly serving in the United States Marines, he began his acting training at New York City's famous Juilliard School. He and fellow True Blood cast member Rutina Wesley both attended the Juilliard School.  A native of Harvey, Illinois, he was raised primarily in Bessemer, Alabama, by his grandmother. In his mid teens, he returned to Illinois and lived with his aunt while finishing high school. At age 39 he died of heart failure due to a longstanding battle with drug and alcohol abuse. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Nelsan Ellis Bio

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Best Known For
  • His important portrayal of the character Carter Howard in The Inside (2005-2006), Lafayette Reynolds in True Blood (2008–2014), and Shinwell Johnson in Elementary (2016-2017)
  • Making a guest appearance as Apollo Bukenya in Veronica Mars in 2007 and Deng Nimieri in Without A Trace in 2007
  • Winning several awards such as the Satellite Award in 2009 for his contribution to the TV show True Blood and the Gold Derby Award in 2012 for his involvement in the romantic drama film The Help (2011)
  • Being nominated for several awards such as a Scream Award in 2009 and a Black Reel Award in 2015
Nick NameNelsan
Full NameNelsan Ellis
Birth PlaceHarvey, Illinois, United States
EducationNelsan studied at Jess Lanier High School in Bessemer, Alabama, before transferring to McAdory High School after studying there for just a year. After that, he moved to Illinois, where he completed his schooling from Thornridge High School, Dolton in 1997.
ManagerEllis is represented by ICM Partners, Brookside Artist Management, and Emily Gerson Saines.
  • Father – Tommie Lee Thompson
  • Mother – Jackie Ellis
  • Siblings – Lakeeia Thompson (Sister), Babon Ellis (Brother), Maurice Turne (Brother), Tianna Thompson (Sister), Shaentika Beard (Sister), Yvonne Ellis (Sister), Alice Ellis (Sister)
  • Others – Tartheaia Thompson (Aunt), Alex Brown (Grandmother)
Build TypeMuscular
AgeNelsan was born on November 30, 1977.
Death DateJul 8, 2017 (age 39)
Date of BirthNovember 30,1977
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Height5 ft 9¼ in or 176 cm
Weight71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Sexual OrientationStraight
Distinctive Features
  • Nubian nose
  • Thin, but long eyebrows
  • He would wear a pair of earrings
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorDark Brown
Net Worth$3 Million

Nelsan Ellis Filmography

2002LostHoffaShort film
2005TrespassDonnyShort film
2008The Express: The Ernie Davis StoryWill Davis, Jr.
2009The SoloistDavid Carter
2010SecretariatEddie Sweat
2011The HelpHenry the Waiter
2012The Reluctant FundamentalistWainwright
2013Page 36Writer and DirectorShort film
2013The ButlerMartin Luther King, Jr.
2014Get on UpBobby Byrd
2015The Stanford Prison ExperimentJesse Fletcher
2016Little BoxesMack Burns
2017True to the GameTyrikDedicated in his Memory
2018Roxanne RoxanneMr. LesterPosthumous release

Nelsan Ellis TV Shows

2005Warm SpringsRoy CollierTelevision film
2005–2006The InsideCarter Howard12 episodes
2007Veronica MarsApollo BukenyaEpisode: “I Know What You'll Do Next Summer”
2007Without a TraceDeng NimieriEpisode: “Lost Boy”
2008–2014True BloodLafayette ReynoldsRegular; 80 episodesWon Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmWon Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television SeriesNominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon Ewwy Award for best supporting actor in a Drama seriesWon NewNowNext Award for Brink of Fame: ActorNominated for a Scream Award for best supporting actor
2015RuPaul's Drag RaceHimself, Guest JudgeEpisode: “Conjoined Queens”
2016–2017ElementaryShinwell JohnsonMain character; 11 episodes

Nelsan Ellis Net Worth

Estimated Net Worth 2020$3 Million
Income SourcePrimary Income source TV Actor (profession).

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