Nelsan Ellis Bio


Relationship Statistics of Nelsan Ellis

How many children does Nelsan Ellis have ? (name):One
Is Nelsan Ellis having any relationship affair ?: No
Is Nelsan Ellis gay ?: No

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Nelsan Ellis had successfully kept his personal life low profiled. He had never talked about his private life in the media and public. Nelsan Ellis was a married man but he never spoke about this publicly.

His character in his serial True Blood was gay. So many people thought he was gay in real life also. So to clear these rumors, he said he had a wife whom he loves very much but did not reveal other details about her.

Also, he had a son, whose picture he shared with us on his social media handle, Instagram. Other than this, we do not have much information about his past affair, relationship, or girlfriend.

Who was Nelsan Ellis?

Nelsan Ellis was an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright. He was best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO series True Blood.

He was also famous for starring as Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic, Get On Up.

Nelsan Ellis: Birth Facts, Family, and Childhood

Nelsan was born on November 30, 1978, in Harvey, Illinois, United States. Ellis was of American nationality and African American ethnicity. He belonged to an African-American family. His parents died when he was a child. After that, Ellis and his mother moved to Alabama.

He had spent his early life and childhood in Bessemer, Alabama, by his grandmother. He had a sister named Alice Ellis who died in 2002.

Nelsan EllisEducation History

He attended Jess Lanier High School for a year, and then transferred to McAdory High School. He moved back to Illinois at age 15 and attended Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois and graduated in 1997.

After that, he joined the United States Marines for his further education at the age of 17. Shortly, he attended Illinois State University, where he was a National Champion in Duo Interpretation.

He was accepted for enrollment at the Juilliard School’s Drama Division when he was 21. Ellis earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard in 2004.

Nelsan Ellis: Professional Life, Career, and Awards

Nelsan began his writing career while he was at Juilliard. He wrote a semi-autobiographical play titled Ugly that was performed at the school and later won the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award.

He began his acting career in 2002, playing Hoffa in the short film Lost. He made his television acting debut playing Carter Howard on The Inside in 2005. In 2007, Ellis was cast as Lafayette Reynolds in the pilot for True Blood (2008-2014). He won several awards for his performance in the TV film.

He won “Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film” in 2008. After a year, he won NewNowNext Awards. That same year, he won Ewwy Award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” for True Blood and Scream Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for the same film.

Furthermore, in 2011, he won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” for True Blood. In 2016, he was cast as the main character in the television film Elementary in which he portrayed Shinwell Johnson.

Nelsan Ellis: Salary and Net Worth

He had accumulated a net worth of 3 million dollars but his salary is unknown.

Nelsan Ellis: Rumors and Controversy

Nelsan’s played a gay character in the series, True Blood. He played his character so well that there were rumors that he was gay in real life as well. But those were just rumors.

He was loved by everyone for his on and off camera works as well and he had not been involved in any controversy in his entire life.

Nelsan Ellis: Death

Nelsan Ellis died on July 8, 2017, at such a young age of 39. He was in Los Angeles, California when he took his last breath. The reason for his death was complications from his heart failure. According to his family’s statement, before death, Nelsan had been trying to quit alcohol. Due to this, the consequence led to alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

The person who takes excess alcohol tries to quit at once, then they suffer from Alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the symptom where alcohol addicts become the victim as its symptoms are anxiety, shakiness, sweating, vomiting, fast heart rate and mild fever. It is said that alcohol withdrawal syndrome led Nelsan to his heart failure.

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