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Nelsan Ellis: Bio, Facts, Family, Height

Nelsan Ellis was an American film and television actor. He was famous for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO’s hit show “True Blood,” which he played from 2008 until the series’ completion in 2014, and for starring as Bobby Byrd in the 2014 James Brown biopic Get on Up. Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois in 1978 and attended Thorn Ridge High School in Dolton. He later attended Oxford University and Columbia College in Chicago, before attending from the prestigious Juilliard School. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004, Ellis appeared in numerous films, including The Soloist, Secretariat, The Help and The Butler, where he played Martin Luther King, Jr. Most recently, he appeared in the independent film Little Boxes.

Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis Personal Details:
Date Of Birth: 30 November 1977
Birth Place: Harvey, Illinois, USA
Date of Death: 8 July 2017
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death: Complications with heart failure
Birth Name: Nelson Leon Ellis
Nickname: Nelsan Ellis
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Occupation: Actor, Playwright
Nationality: American
Race/Ethnicity: Afro-American
Religion: Christian
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown

Nelsan Ellis Body Statistics:
Weight in Pounds: 139 lbs
Weight in Kilogram: 63 kg
Height in Feet: 5′ 9¼”
Height in Meters: 1.76 m
Body Build/Type: Athletic
Shoe Size: Unknown

Nelsan Ellis Family Details:
Father: Tommie Lee Thompson
Mother: Unknown
Spouse: Unknown
Children: Breon Ellis (Son)
Siblings: Lakeeia, Tommie Lee Jr., Babon, Maurice, Tianna, Yvonne, Shaentika

Nelsan Ellis Education:
High school: Thornridge High School, Juilliard School, Jess Lanier High School, McAdory High School
College: Columbia College Chicago
*He earned B.F.A (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree from Juilliard School in 2004.
*He graduated from Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois, in 1997.

Nelsan Ellis Facts:
*He moved to Bessemer, Alabama with his mother at age 6.
*He began his acting training at New York City’s famous Juilliard School.
*He got His Big Break on True Blood.
*He won a Satellite Award for the best actor for a supporting role in the television series True Blood in 2008.
*He supported gay marriage.

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Updated: July 10, 2017 — 5:21 pm

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