Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis

actor, producer, writer

Nelsan Ellis was born on Nov 30, 1977 in USA. Nelsan Ellis's big-screen debut came with Warm Springs directed by Joseph Sargent in 2005, strarring Roy Collier. Nelsan Ellis is known for The Butler directed by Lee Daniels, Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines and David Banner as Earl Gaines. Nelsan Ellis has got 3 awards and 7 nominations so far. The most recent award Nelsan Ellis achieved is Gold Derby Awards. The upcoming new movie Nelsan Ellis plays is Roxanne Roxanne which will be released on Mar 23, 2018.

Nelsan Ellis was an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood (2008).Nelsan was born on November 30, 1977, in Harvey, Illinois, the son of Jackie Ellis and Tommie Lee Thompson. 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 in Dolton, Illinois, in 1997. Ellis attended Juilliard and, while there, wrote a semi-autobiographical play titled Ugly that was performed at the school and later won the Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award. Ellis won a 2008 Satellite Award from the International Press Academy for best supporting actor in a television series for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True Blood. Ellis won the "Brink of Fame: Actor" award at the 2009 NewNowNext Awards.Tragically, Ellis died at the age of 39 on July 8, 2017, in Los Angeles, California, after complications from heart failure. His family released a statement on July 10, saying that Nelsan had been trying to quit alcohol in the days before his death, and suggesting that he suffered from alcohol withdrawal syndrome, leading to his heart failure.

  • Birthday

    Nov 30, 1977
  • Place of Birth

    Harvey, Illinois, USA

Known For


3 wins & 7 nominations

Gold Derby Awards
Ensemble Cast
Winner - Gold Derby Film Award
Satellite Awards
Best Ensemble, Television
Winner - Special Achievement Award
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner - Satellite Award

Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows