Season 1 FOX (*125) 21:00 Action
Morris Chestnut may be known for his supporting roles as “the hot guy”, but he prefers to get his hands dirty with strong characters like no-nonsense FBI agent Tony Rice in action show Legends (2014-2015). “Not just a pretty face,” he jokes. And showbiz isn’t complaining – he was voted People magazine’s sexiest man in 2015.
The 48-year-old is California born1
and-bred but says that “I wouldn’t mind if Rosewood [2015-current] was filmed in Miami [where it’s set] – a bit of fun in the sun never hurt anyone”. His new show is filmed in LA in real life.
Working close to home gives him 2
time for this two biggest passions: his family – Morris has been married to Pam Byse since 1995, with son Grant (20) and daughter Paige (18); and playing basketball on beach-side courts.
He originally planned on working 3
in the corporate world and studied finance at California State University in 1987. He swapped and studied drama instead, graduating in 1989.
Morris was cast almost immedia4
tely – he played Jason in season 2 of Freddy’s Nightmares: A Nightmare On Elm Street – A Series (1988-1990) in 1990, albeit in just one episode.
He’s been in over 20 movies, start5
ing with coming-of-age drama Boyz N The Hood (1991). Morris says that he has two secrets to longevity: “One, be respectful and courteous to everyone you work with. And two, always be in shape [Laughs].”
And maintaining his toned six6
pack is something he takes pride in. “I don’t swim. But I’m into tennis and basketball. Just don’t expect me running around on court without my shirt on. That’s Rosewood’s style – I’d never do that,” he explains.