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Birth Place: Harvey, Illinois, USA
Nelsan Ellis was born in 1978 in Harvey, IL and moved to Bessemer, AL when he was six to live with his mother after his parents' divorce. He had a turbulent childhood; at one point during his teen years, Ellis and his siblings became wards of the state before moving back to Illinois to live with relatives. At Thornridge High School, he excelled as an athlete who had no acting aspirations, but tried out for theater at the encouragement of his teachers. After graduating from high school in 1997, the future TV star joined the Marine Corps before attending the famed Juilliard School where he wrote and staged his award-winning play, "UGLy," about the tragic consequences of domestic abuse. Elli... Continue Bio >>
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