• Pamela Byse was born in 1973 in Los Angeles, California.
• She is most famous for being the wife of actor Morris Chestnut.
• The couple have two children and commonly appear at media events together.
• Pamela has a net worth of approximately $10 million.
• She stands at a height of 5'5" and has measurements of 34-26-35.

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Short Info

Net Worth$14 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1969
SpousePam Byse
FactPurchased $1.5 million estate in suburban Los Angeles.

Pamela Byse was born on 22 December 1973, in Los Angeles, California USA, and is primarily recognized for being the wife of actor Morris Chestnut, who is best known for his role in the film “Boyz N The Hood” and the television series “Rosewood”, in which he played the pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. She has mostly stayed out of the spotlight, with the exception of appearing with her husband in media-covered events. Meanwhile her husband has been appearing on television and films since the 1990s.

The Wealth of an Actor’s Wife

How rich is Pam Byse? As of early-2018, Pam is not known for having a sizable independent income, but shares in her husband’s success, so jointly their net worth is assessed by sources at close to $10 million.

Meeting Morris and Family Life

Pam was a star student during her high school days, but after matriculating didn’t go to college. She met Morris in a club in Atlanta, years before he found fame as an actor. They dated for a few years, and eventually married in 1995. Their marriage has been strong through the decades, and according to Morris is due to their mutual respect. He lets his wife be the woman and she lets him be the man in the family. In another interview, he stated that he saw a lot of qualities that he was looking for in a wife. He saw how she would be a great mother and how she also kept that respectful attitude towards all members of his family.

Two years after their marriage they had their first child, and in 1998 they had their second child. Like their mother, their two children are also generally kept out of the spotlight as well as social media. It is known that every Valentine’s day, Pam’s husband buys a bouquet of flowers for the three women in his life, his mother, wife, and daughter. The family reside together in Georgia, USA.

Despite being in the hectic and sometimes heated entertainment industry, the couple have stayed strong together. A lot of other relationships break up due to busy schedules or other romantic affairs but Morris has stated that he constantly reassures his wife that there is nobody else. He also mentions that he has his troubles, and it’s important that his wife understands that even he doesn’t have it all figured out. He later says that there are numerous dimensions and dynamics in women and so in relationships. It can still all be beautifully complex, but it’s most important for partners to be patient with each other.

Due to this great dynamic the couple have, there have been no reported problems of the two with their marriage or their family.

Sporadic Appearances

Byse keeps contact with the public very minimal, except for often being seen with her husband at film premieres or award events. She often appears in designer clothing as is the custom with many film stars spouses who also attend such events. She’s been seen, filmed and photographed at various events such as the NAACP Awards, the San Diego Comic Con, for TV Guide Magazine and many other publications. She was there when Morris won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and the appearances have been consistent, and they have been seen together at various red carpet events since early in their marriage in the 1990s.

Even online, Pam has a very limited presence, and has opted not to have any social media accounts, and has maintained the same privacy for their children. Her husband, however, being an actor, continues to promote his work and connect to his fans on social media websites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Yet, even on his social media pages, his wife is rarely talked about or seen. The main pictures of the couple being seen together are almost always taken by the media or paparazzi.

Even while appearing in front of the media, Pam does not agree to any interviews, but is instead just seen smiling in front of the cameras. In recent months though, the couple has made a few appearances as the television show “Rosewood” was just cancelled. While Pam has maintained her silence and moved away further from the spotlight, her husband continues to be highly popular, supported by fans as he connects with them online. He’s also discussing a lot of potential projects which look to come to fruition sometime in 2018.

Measurements, Height, and the Like

According to various sources, Byse has measurements of 34-26-35 and stands at a height of five feet five inches.

General Info

Full NameMorris Chestnut
Net Worth$14 million
Salary$14 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1969
Height1.83 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Television presenter, Actor
EducationGahr High School, California State University, Northridge, Harvard University, Columbia University, City College of New York, University of Chicago
NationalityAmerican, American


SpousePam Byse
ChildrenGrant Chestnut, Paige Chestnut
ParentsShirley Chestnut, Morris Chestnut, Sr.


AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
MoviesWhen the Bough Breaks, The Perfect Guy, The Best Man Holiday, The Best Man, Boyz n the Hood, Not Easily Broken, Like Mike, Two Can Play That Game, Kick-Ass 2, Half Past Dead, The Call, The Brothers, The Perfect Holiday, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, The Game Plan, Ladder 49, Breakin' All...
TV ShowsLegends, Nurse Jackie, V, Out All Night, Rosewood, C-16: FBI

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1You start making movies and people start seeing when you go to places, and all of a sudden you are getting clothes for free and all of a sudden you are getting food for free.
2You go from movies where you are wearing nice clothes and you're trying to smell good to a movie where you are in water and you are wet all day, and you are dealing with that elements, it gets rough, but it was definitely something I wanted to try.
3This film is what it is. It's a campy thriller horror movie where you go and have fun. With these types of films, you can't take it too seriously. They are what they are.
4Showtime has given new, young filmmakers - black, white, across the board - an opportunity to make films, as well as actors who want to cross over into directing.
5I would never want any of my kids to go into this industry; not until they are old enough to understand and if this is something that they really want to do.
6I think that Mos Def is the best actor, but when you talk about rappers in films, I don't really think the quality of the acting is most important because most rappers are put in movies because of the personality and people want to see that.
7I hate being cold and I hate being wet and around 80% percent of this film I was cold and another 60% I was cold and wet, so it wasn't the best shoot for me.
8I did a film which was considered an independent movie with Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia called Confidence, and that's the type of film I was willing to take a chance on that because of the caliber of people involved with the film.
9You have to be insane to direct.
10You can become really pigeon-holed in this industry.
11When you are the lead in a romantic comedy, you have to worry about people really liking you.
12To me the work is so much more interesting, the parts that don't require you just to take your shirt off.
13This industry is very make-believe and you caught in a false sense of what reality is.
14There are a lot of people in this business that don't work consistently.
15Some people make a career out of doing one thing, but I wanted to diversify my body of work.
16Producing is easier, I can just be at the set overseeing the story.
17Oh yeah, I'm a huge romance fan. And some women like action.
18Nah, I'm not a prima donna, but I just don't like being cold and wet.
19It's not always about the money.
20I've been in a situation where I was after the money.
21I'm not going to take my shirt off in every movie.
22I'm just happy to be working consistently.
23I'm getting to the point where they see me as a good actor, rather than just a good guy who can act.
24I would like more challenging roles. I definitely would like to something that's more challenging.
25I want viewers to relate to me on a different level, not just a sexual level.
26I want to tell stories for everyone, primarily.
27I think the best type of action movie combines a love story with the action.
28I enjoy what I do, but it's more challenging than people think.
29At one point, people thought that Eddie Murphy would only reach one sector of the audience, but now everyone sees everything Eddie Murphy does.
30And I think from a male perspective, we have men talking about their feelings and it being okay.
31Unless you are really grounded and have a true sense of reality, you can get lost in that and a lot of people do and that's why you see so many people with successful careers but with destructive lives.
32It's hard when you see a scene where it's raining, and we have the rain machine, and you see it for 5 minutes, but that scene takes all day to shoot, and you do it with rain, and the dry off, and go back and do it again.
33I am just another fireman because the story focuses on Joaquin Phoenix's character, but I play Joaquin's close friend and I get burned up a little bit, but I don't die.
34A lot of times, women don't get the male perspective in regards to a relationship, what men go through when they're not really dealing well.


1Had a cameo appearance, but was uncredited, in the movie Higher Learning (1995) as one of the track runners on the team.
2Purchased $1.5 million estate in suburban Los Angeles.
3Has worked with Steven Seagal twice. He was both Seagal's character's partner and main enemy. In Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), Chestnut is Seagal's character's reluctant partner. In Half Past Dead (2002), he co-starred as the main villain.
4Is an excellent Texas Hold 'Em poker player. Recently (2005), held his own against 6 established poker professionals in a made for TV tournament.
5Winner of the 1998 Madden Bowl, beating other celebrity talent as well as NFL stars in a tournament of John Madden Football.




Rosewood2015-2016TV SeriesDr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. / Rosewood
When the Bough Breaks2016John Taylor
Legends2014-2015TV SeriesTony Rice
The Perfect Guy2015/IDave
Nurse Jackie2013-2014TV SeriesDr. Ike Prentiss
The Best Man Holiday2013Lance
Kick-Ass 22013Detective Marcus Williams
The Call2013/IIOfficer Paul Phillips
American Dad!2013TV SeriesCraig
Identity Thief2013Detective Reilly
Think Like a Man2012James (uncredited)
American Horror Story2011TV SeriesLuke
V2009-2011TV SeriesRyan Nichols
Love in the Nick of Tyme2009VideoMarcelles Wynters
Not Easily Broken2009Dave Johnson
The Prince of Motor City2008TV MovieLeo Moore
The Perfect Holiday2007Benjamin
The Game Plan2007Travis Sanders
Bones2005TV SeriesAgent Oakes
The Cave2005Top Buchanan
Dante2005TV MovieDante
Ladder 492004Tommy Drake
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid2004Gordon Mitchell
Breakin' All the Rules2004Evan Fields
Half Past Dead200249er One Donald Robert Johnson
Like Mike2002Tracy Reynolds
The Killing Yard2001TV MovieShango
Scenes of the Crime2001Ray
Two Can Play That Game2001Keith Fenton
The Brothers2001Jackson Smith
ER2000TV SeriesICU Nurse Frank 'Rambo' Bacon
The Best Man1999Lance Sullivan
C-16: FBI1997-1998TV SeriesMal Robinson
Firehouse1997TV MovieAndre
G.I. Jane1997McCool
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory1995Bobby Zachs
Higher Learning1995Track Anchor (uncredited)
The Inkwell1994Harold Lee
Living Single1994TV SeriesHamilton Brown
Out All Night1992-1993TV SeriesJeff Carswell
The Ernest Green Story1993TV MovieErnest (Brother) Green
In the Line of Duty: Street War1992TV MoviePrince Franklin
The Last Boy Scout1991Locker Room Kid
Boyz n the Hood1991Ricky Baker
Freddy's Nightmares1990TV SeriesJason Woodman


When the Bough Breaks2016executive producer
Takers2010executive producer
Love in the Nick of Tyme2009Video producer
Not Easily Broken2009executive producer
Stage Black2007TV Series executive producer - 2007




The Chew2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2015TV SeriesHimself
Let's Go, DFW!2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reel Junkie2015TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20152015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Lifestyle Magazine2014TV Series documentaryHimself
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nurse Jackie Season 5: New to the Floor2014Video documentary short
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Insider2013TV SeriesHimself
ES.TV HD2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Enduring Significance of Boyz n the Hood2011Video documentary shortHimself
The Jace Hall Show2009-2011TV SeriesHimself
Project: Comic-Con2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2009TV SeriesHimself
14th Annual Inner City Destiny Awards2006VideoHimself - Presenter
In the Cutz2006TV Series
106 & Park Top 10 Live2005TV SeriesHimself
The N Word2004DocumentaryHimself
Friendly Fire: Making an Urban Legend2003Video documentary shortHimself
2nd Annual BET Awards2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Ananda Lewis Show2001TV SeriesHimself
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
31st NAACP Image Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHimself
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1993TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - Guest
Good Morning America2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself
Young Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
The Real2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2009-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2016TV SeriesHimself
The 47th NAACP Image Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Conan2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Talk2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Dr. Oz Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood Live2015TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2015TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

V2010TV SeriesRyan Nichols


Won Awards

2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastThe Best Man Holiday (2013)
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNurse Jackie (2009)

Nominated Awards

2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesRosewood (2015)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest ActorThe Best Man Holiday (2013)
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureThe Best Man Holiday (2013)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActorThe Killing Yard (2001)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Best Man (1999)

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