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Nelsan Ellis


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... See full bio »

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Known For

True Blood
True Blood Lafayette Reynolds
(2008-2014)
The Inside
The Inside Carter Howard
(2005-2006)
The Help
The Help Henry The Waiter
(2011)
Get on Up
Get on Up Bobby Byrd
(2014)

Filmography

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 2016 Little Boxes
Mack
 2016 Send Me: An Original Web Series (TV Series)
Benjamin
- Interview One (2016) ... Benjamin
 2016 True to the Game
Tyrik
 2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment
Jesse Fletcher
 2012 Naked Eye (Short)
The Man
 2012 The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Wainwright
 2011 The Help
Henry The Waiter
 2009 Talent (Short)
Titus
 2009 The Soloist
David Carter
 2007 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Deng Nimieri
- Lost Boy (2007) ... Deng Nimieri
 2005-2006 The Inside (TV Series)
Carter Howard
- Gem (2006) ... Carter Howard
- Little Girl Lost (2005) ... Carter Howard (credit only)
 2005 Trespass (Short)
Donny
 2005 Warm Springs (TV Movie)
Roy Collier
 2002/I Lost (Short)
Hoffa
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(2005, October - November) Appeared in the Charles Fuller play A Soldier's Story at the Second Stage Theatre, off-Broadway, New York, New York.

Alternate Names:

Nelson Ellis

Height:

5' 9¼" (1.76 m)
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Personal Quote:

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... See more »

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Born in Harvey, Illinois. Moved to Bessemer, Alabama at age 6. Moved to Dolton, Illinois at 14 where he attended Thornridge High School. See more »

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