• Pam Byse is an African-American woman born in Los Angeles, California USA in 1973
• She is married to award-winning actor Morris Chestnut since 1995
• They have two children, a son called Grant and a daughter called Paige
• Morris Chestnut is an actor, producer and director with a net worth of ~$14 million
• Pam Byse is 5ft 5ins (165cm) tall, with body measurements of 34-26-35

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Short Info

Net Worth$14 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1969
SpousePam Byse
FactHas 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.

Who is Pam Byse?

Born Pamela Byse under the sign of Capricorn on the 22nd of December 1973 in Los Angeles, California USA, Pam is a 45-year-old African-American woman. She is definitely best known to the world for her significant presence across multiple media platforms, for being married to award-winning actor Morris Chestnut, most famous for being Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. in Fox TV’s “Rosewood”, for almost 25 years. It is a mystery whether she has had any successes of her own over the course of her life, as there is practically no information about her profession available at the moment.

Love Life: How did they meet?

According to an article by blackdoctor.org, Pam and Morris first laid eyes on one another during Morris’ stay in Atlanta while a particular film was being shot. Though the date is unspecified, it is known that Morris went out to a club with his friend, who suggested a few women that Morris should engage with in conversation. However, Morris saw Pam and inquired about her, to which his friend gave a negative answer, saying ‘Nah, man, don’t waste your time. She don’t give anybody no play.’, and this is exactly why Morris brought that exact decision. Later in his interview, he described that he knew almost instantly she would make a great mother to his children, and was thus determined on making sure she stayed with him. The two then dated for a couple of years, and finally joined hands in marriage in a private ceremony in 1995. Since then, they have had two children – a son called Grant Chestnut in 1997, and a daughter named Paige Chestnut in 1998. Grant holds an unspecified degree from the University of Colorado, and Paige matriculated from Calabasas High School in California two years ago. It is unknown what college she goes to now.

Pam Byse and Morris Chestnut

Who is her Husband?

Born Morris Lamont Chestnut Jr. under the sign of Capricorn on the 1st of January 1969, in Cerritos, California USA, Morris Chestnut is a 50-year-old African-American actor, producer and director. He is perhaps best known to the world for his numerous roles across various films and TV shows, the most popular of which is his performance as pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. in Fox TV’s police procedural drama series entitled “Rosewood”.

His Early Life and Education: Growing up in Cerritos

His father Morris Chestnut Sr., who was an electrical engineer, and his mother Shirley Chestnut, who was a homemaker. He first attended Richard Gahr High School in his birthplace, from where he matriculated in 1986, then furthered his education by enrolling into California State University, Northridge, where he studied drama and finance, though it is unknown whether he actually graduated.

His Career: A Climbing Actor

Morris first appeared as Jadon in “Freddy’s Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series”, in episode 19 of its 2nd season in 1990. His first noted performance that contributed greatly to the start of his career was as Ricky Baker in John Singleton’s “Boyz n the Hood” in 1991. Thus far, Morris has starred in over 50 titles, which serves as a solid foundation for his impressive net worth. His latest credited role is as Will Keaton in “The Enemy Within”, and his participation was significant enough for an article to be written about it by thesource.com. At this point, Morris has a total of seven nominations behind him, two of which he won, both in 2014, starting with the Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, for his performance in the TV series “Nurse Jackie” (2013-14)), and later the Hollywood Award for Best Ensemble Cast, which he took alongside nine other co-workers for their contribution to “The Best Man Holiday” from 2013.

What is Pam Byse’s Net Worth?

~$14 million. He made his fortune by lending his acting expertise to over 50 titles throughout his life, most prominently to Fox TV’s “Rosewood” as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr.

Body Measurements

Pam is known to be 5ft 5ins (165cm) tall, while her weight remains unknown for the moment. Besides her vital statistics, which are 34-26-35, it is also not known what her bra, shoe and dress sizes are. However, there is the fact that Pam’s hair is dark brown as well as her eyes, and that her complexion is mostly dark.

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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