Several personalities are born on this earth. They are remembered even after they are gone far away from this world. Their fans highly praise such people for their extraordinary work. Such an example was Nelsan Ellis. Nelsan Ellis was an American professional Actor, producer, and playwright. He has contributed much to American Film History. Although he belongs to the black community, he was loved and respected by many actors and his fans. This phenomenal actor and producer were born on November 30, 1977, in harvest, Illinois, United States of America. Nelson is not with us with a heavy heart today, yet he is in the heart of millions of peoples. He is loved and respected.

Quick Info
Full NameNelsan Ellis
Date of BirthNovember 30, 1977
Birth PlaceHarvey, Illinois, U.S.
Parent(s)Jackie Ellis and Tommie Lee Thompson
OccupationActor, Playwright
DiedJuly 8, 2017
Cause of DeathComplications from alcohol withdrawal
Spouse(s)/Partner(s)Tiffany snow
Children2 children

What was Nelsan famous for?

Nelsan was a great personality. He was famous for his outstanding acting as Lafayette Reynolda in the HBO TV series named True Blood. If you have watched True Blood, you would know that Nelson is more than just an actor. He was also famous for his acting skills. Nelsan was the man who can enroll in every character and act accordingly. Besides all of this, he was famous for his acting in the movies Secretaria and The Butler. He was also famous for his portrayal in beautiful movies such as Lost, Trespass, The Soloist, Talent, Page 36, God Behaving badly, and many more.

Nelsan Ellis
Nelsan Ellis Image Source Variety

Early Life and Bio

Nelsan Ellis was born on November 30, 1977, in Harvey, Illinois, United States of America. Harvey was born to Jackie Ellis and Tommie Lee Thompson. His father, Tommie Lee Thompson, was the Liquor shop owner, and his mother was a teacher in the local School. Nelsan was the fifth child born to his father and mother. His siblings include Alice Nellis, Baboon Ellis, Tianna Thompson, Tommy Lee Thompson Jr, Yvonne Ellis, Lakeeia Thompson, Auricle Turne, and Shaentika Beard. Like most Americans, Harvey had to face the divorce of his parents. He, along with his sibling, was raised by their grandmother in Bessemer, Alabama. Nelsan interest in acting can be seen from his early childhood.

Nationality and Physical Stats

Though this famous artist is not with us today, we would glance at his personal fast. Nelsan was born in Illinois, United States. He was raised in Harvey. The height of this actor measured before his death was Five feet and ten inches. He had a total weight of 72 kg. The birth sign and Zodiac sign of this actor were Sagittarius. His actor was one of the finest black actors in American Film history. The color of his hair was black and the color of his eyes was gray.

Education: Schooling/University

Despite his color, Ellis was one of the educated people in the community. He attended Jess Lanier High School but later transferred to McAdory High School. When he was fifteen years old, he moved back to Illinois, the place where he was born. He stayed with his maternal Aunt. For his higher study, he attended Thornridge High School. He was graduated in the year 1997.

Ellis wanted to read more and attended Julliard School. He was 22 years old when he attended that school. Finally, in 2004, Ellis was graduated from Julliard school with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Nelsan Ellis
Nelsan Ellis Image Source Chicago Tribune


Ellis was interested in acting since his early age. He used to work in theater. He began his professional career in the early 2000s, where he was selected for a short film with Lost’s name. He was cast in a series The inside. His break was when he was cast as Lafayette Reynold for the movie named True Blood. Ellis got a chance to star alongside famous actors such as Ryan Kwanten, Alexander Skarsgard, Deborah Anna Paquin, Rutina Wesley, and Stephen Moyer.

Road to Fame

Nelsan Ellis rose to fame after being cast as Martin Luther King Jr for the Butler’s movie. His acting in this movie was just like that of Luther himself. After his portrayal in this movie, he was known by millions of people from all around the world. He also wrote and directed a short movie named Page 36 in 2013. Some of his popular movie ad TV series were Get on up, The Standford prison experiment, Little Boxes, True to Veronica Mars, Without a Trace, and many more.

Nelsan Ellis
Nelsan Ellis Image Source Hollywood Reporter

Awards and Achievements

Nelsan Ellis has won many prestigious awards and has been nominated more than five times in his entire career. His first award was for his writing. He wrote a short autobiographical play which was entitled Ugly. He also won awards such as Satellite Award for best supporting actor in a leading role, NewNowNext Awards for True blood, NAACP Image Award for best-supporting Actor in drama series, and many more.

Personal Life

This late Actor was married to Tiffany snow. They were blessed with two children. Now aftermath, his wife is a widow and his children are orphans.


Nelsan Ellis was a heavy drinker and heavy smoker. Due to this habit, he was taken away from us on July 8, 2017. He died from complications of Alcohol withdrawal. Though this famous actor is not with us, he could decorate his name as one of the professional actors.


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