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Nelsan Ellis is a Actor American born on 30 november 1977 at Harvey (USA)

Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis
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Nationality USA
Birth 30 november 1977 at Harvey (USA)
Death 8 july 2017 (at 39 years)

Nelsan Ellis (born November 30, 1978) is an American film and television actor and playwright. He is well known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO series True Blood, which he played from 2008 until the series' completion in 2014, and most recently for starring as Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic, Get On Up.

Biography

Nelsan Ellis est né à Harvey, dans l'Illinois. Lui et ses frères et sœurs sont devenus pupilles de l’État lorsqu'ils étaient encore enfants. Ils ont ensuite été élevés à Bessemer par leur grand-mère. En Alabama, Ellis a suivi des cours à l'école Jess Lanier pendant un an, avant d'être transféré à l'école Mightory. Il est revenu en Illinois à 15 ans, où il a vécu avec sa tante maternelle. Il a été diplômé de l'école Thornridge (à Dolton) en 1997. À 17 ans, il a rejoint pendant peu de temps la Marine américaine. À 21 ans, il s'est inscrit à l'école Juilliard, où il a rencontré sa future partenaire à l'écran dans True Blood, Rutina Wesley.

En raison de la vraisemblance qu'il projette en incarnant Lafayette Reynolds, un homosexuel, dans la série True Blood, il avoue être souvent interrogé sur son orientation sexuelle. Mais il a bien une partenaire, Tiffany Snow, depuis 1993, avec qui il a un fils.

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Filmography of Nelsan Ellis (12 films)

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Actor

The Stanford Prison Experiment, 2h
Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about education, Prison films, Films about school violence
Actors Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Nelsan Ellis, Tye Sheridan, Michael Angarano
Roles Jesse Fletcher
Rating68% 3.4498053.4498053.4498053.4498053.449805
Stanford University psychology professor Philip Zimbardo conducts a psychological experiment to test the hypothesis that the personality traits of prisoners and guards are the chief cause of abusive behavior between them. In the experiment, Zimbardo selects fifteen male students to participate in a 14-day prison simulation to take roles as prisoners or guards. They receive $15 per day. The experiment is conducted in a mock prison located in the basement of Jordan Hall, the university's psychology department building. The students who are guards become abusive, as does Zimbardo himself. Two students who play the role of prisoners quit the experiment early, and Zimbardo abruptly stops the entire experiment after only six days.
Get on Up
Get on Up (2014)
, 2h18
Directed by Tate Taylor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Taraji P. Henson, Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Tika Sumpter
Roles Bobby Byrd
Rating68% 3.4477253.4477253.4477253.4477253.447725
The film opens in 1993 with James Brown walking through a darkened hallway as an audience chants his name. He hears the voices of people he knew throughout his life. The film then cuts to 1988 in Augusta, Georgia; James learns that his private bathroom in a strip mall he owns was used without his consent. As he confronts and then forgives the trespasser, he accidentally fires a shotgun, attracting the police.
The Butler
The Butler (2013)
, 2h12
Directed by Lee Daniels
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Politique, Films about racism, Films about the labor movement, Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Alex Pettyfer, Forest Whitaker, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Alan Rickman
Roles Martin Luther King, Jr..
Rating72% 3.6017153.6017153.6017153.6017153.601715
In 2009, an elderly Cecil Gaines recounts his life story, while waiting at the White House to meet the newly inaugurated president.
Gods Behaving Badly, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films based on mythology, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Christopher Walken, Alicia Silverstone, Sharon Stone, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Edie Falco, Oliver Platt
Roles Dionysus
Rating62% 3.1475853.1475853.1475853.1475853.147585
Un jeune couple fait la rencontre de douze dieux grecs aux pouvoirs déclinants qui vivent confortablement dans un appartement de New York. Cette rencontre pourrait changer l'avenir du couple mais aussi celui de la Terre entière.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, 2h10
Directed by Mira Nair
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Films about religion, Films about terrorism, Political films, Films about Islam, Disaster films, Films about hijackings
Actors Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Riz Ahmed, Kiefer Sutherland, Meesha Shafi, Om Puri
Roles Wainwright
Rating68% 3.44863.44863.44863.44863.4486
In 2011, Anse Rainier (Gary Richardson), an American professor at Lahore University, is kidnapped soon after he leaves a movie theatre. A ransom video is sent to the US embassy, demanding the release of 690 detainees from a Muslim concentration camp in Kot Lakhpat and €700,000 for the children of Waziristan. Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist and undercover CIA informant in Pakistan, arranges to interview a colleague of Rainer, Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed), who he suspects is involved in the kidnapping.
The Help
The Help (2011)
, 2h26
Directed by Tate Taylor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about writers, Feminist films, Politique, Films about racism, Films about the labor movement, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone
Roles Henry The Waiter
Rating80% 4.0499554.0499554.0499554.0499554.049955
In 1963 Jackson, Mississippi, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a black maid spending her life raising white children after the death of her only son from an industrial accident. She works for the Leefolt family, principally taking care of the children of Elizabeth Leefolt, a young woman gripped with postpartum depression who refuses to acknowledge her daughter except when disciplining her. Aibileen's best friend is Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), an outspoken black maid who has long worked for Hilly Holbrook's (Bryce Dallas Howard) mother, Mrs. Walters (Sissy Spacek), to the point that they are very comfortable with each other. Minny's stormy temper is tolerated due to respect for her great cooking skills. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) is an independent thinking young white woman returning to the family plantation after graduating from the University of Mississippi to find that her beloved childhood maid, Constantine (Cicely Tyson), has quit while she was away. She is perplexed as she believes Constantine would not have left without writing her, and she eventually learns that Constantine was fired by Skeeter's mother Charlotte (Allison Janney).
Secretariat, 1h57
Directed by Randall Wallace
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film, Sport hippique
Actors Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Alfred Molina, Margo Martindale, Amanda Michalka, Dylan Walsh
Roles Eddie Sweat
Rating71% 3.5988153.5988153.5988153.5988153.598815
In 1969, Denver housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father, Christopher Chenery's Meadow Stables in Doswell, Virginia, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. With the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (Malkovich), Chenery navigates the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and one of the greatest racehorses of all time.
The Soloist, 1h55
Directed by Joe Wright
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Psychologie, Musical films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films about autism, Violon
Actors Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Nelsan Ellis
Roles David Carter
Rating66% 3.3499053.3499053.3499053.3499053.349905
In 2005, Steve Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a journalist working for the L.A. Times. He is divorced and now works for his ex-wife, Mary (Catherine Keener), an editor. A biking accident lands Lopez in a hospital.
Young @ Heart, 1h47
Directed by Stephen Walker
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Musical theatre, Documentary
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films
Actors Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis
Rating78% 3.944613.944613.944613.944613.94461
[email protected], a chorus of twenty-two senior citizens with an average age of eighty, is directed by a frequently demanding Bob Cilman. In preparation for a concert in their hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts, they spend two months learning new material ranging from James Brown to the Pointer Sisters to The Clash and Sonic Youth, a task that's daunting for them and frequently frustrating for Cilman. At one point they take a break to visit a nearby low-security prison and entertain the inmates, who literally and figuratively embrace them after they perform. The group's determination to succeed increases with the passing of two of their members in rapid succession, and the concert proves to be a major success with the community.
The Express, 2h10
Directed by Gary Fleder
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about racism, Sports films, American football films
Actors Rob Brown, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Quaid, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Omar Benson Miller, Enver Gjokaj
Roles Will Davis Jr.
Rating72% 3.6488853.6488853.6488853.6488853.648885
Ernie Davis (Rob Brown) is a young African American growing up in Pennsylvania with his same-age uncle Will Davis Jr. (Nelsan Ellis), in the late 1940s during a time of racism and discrimination. Davis lives with his extended family, including his grandfather, Willie 'Pops' Davis (Charles S. Dutton), who guides and educates him. Davis' mother, Marie Davis (Aunjanue Ellis), eventually returns to their residence to inform the family that she has remarried and can now afford to raise Ernie at her own home in Elmira, New York. Upon relocating to Elmira, Davis enrolls in a Small Fry Football League and excels on the field as a running back.