Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis
1977 - 2017
Nelsan Ellis  American Actor

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American Actor Nelsan Ellis passed away on 8th Jul 2017 Los Angeles, California aged 39. Born Nelson Ellis on 30th November, 1977 in Harvey, Illinois and educated at McAdory High School, McCalla and Thornridge High School, Dolton (1997), Nelsan Ellis is most remembered for Lafayette Reynolds in True Blood in a career that spanned 2002–2017. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Nelsan Ellis was in an on-screen matchup with Kevin Alejandro in True Blood (2008).

Nelsan Ellis is a member of the following lists: American film actors, American television actors and 1978 births.


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First Name Nelsan
Last Name Ellis
Full Name at Birth Nelson Ellis
Age 39 (age at death) years
Birthday 30th November, 1977
Birthplace Harvey, Illinois
Died 8th July, 2017
Place of Death Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death Complications of heart failure (brought on by years of drug and alcohol abuse)
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Build Athletic
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
High School Jess Lanier High School, Alabama, McAdory High School, McCalla, Thornridge High School, Dolton (1997)
University Juilliard School (2000 - 2004), Illinois State University
Occupation Text Actor, Playwright
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Lafayette Reynolds in True Blood
Year(s) Active 2002–present, 2002–2017
Friend Rutina Wesley (met at Juilliard School)

Nelsan Ellis (November 30, 1977 – July 8, 2017) was an American actor and playwright. He achieved critical acclaim for his portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO television series True Blood (2008–2014), for which he won a Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, among other accolades. He also starred as Shinwell Johnson in Elementary from 2016 to 2017, and played a variety of guest roles in other television series, including Veronica Mars and Without a Trace.

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Roxanne Roxanne2017Mr. LesterMovie
Little Boxes2016Mack BurnsMovie
The Stanford Prison Experiment2015Jesse FletcherMovie
Send Me: An Original Web Series2015BenjaminTV Show
Get on Up2014Bobby ByrdMovie
The Butler2013Martin Luther King Jr.Movie
Gods Behaving Badly2013DionysusMovie
#Nausea... for Millennials2013GibsonShort Film
The Reluctant Fundamentalist2012WainwrightMovie
Elementary2012Shinwell JohnsonTV Show
Naked Eye2012The ManShort Film
The Help2011Henry The WaiterMovie
Secretariat2010Eddie SweatMovie
A Drop of True Blood2010Lafayette ReynoldsTV Show
The Soloist2009David CarterMovie
Talent2009TitusShort Film
The Express2008Will Davis, Jr.Movie
True Blood2008Lafayette ReynoldsTV Show
Warm Springs2005Roy CollierTV Movie
The Inside2005Carter HowardTV Show
Trespass2005DonnyShort Film
Veronica Mars2004Apollo BukenyaTV Show
Lost2002HoffaShort Film
Without a Trace2002Deng NimieriTV Show
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CraigSnyderCraigSnyderMay 7, 2013

He is unbelievably good as Lafayette on True Blood.

eva colemanFeb 5, 2009

are you coming back in season 2 an what will you be.???

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