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American film and television actor and playwright

Nelsan Ellis is ...

Born 30 Nov 1977 in Harvey
Died 8 Jul 2017 in California
Age39 years, 7 months
Causecardiac arrest
Nelsan Ellis
Nelsan Ellis
Nelsan Ellis at the "True Blood" Season Two Premiere Party - Paramount Theater, Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Calif. - June 9, 2009

About Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis (November 30, 1977 – July 8, 2017) was an American actor and playwright. He achieved critical acclaim for his portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO television series True Blood (2008–2014), for which he won a Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, among other accolades. He also starred as Shinwell Johnson in Elementary from 2016 to 2017, and played a variety of guest roles in other television series, including Veronica Mars and Without a Trace.In addition to his television work, Ellis appeared in several feature films throughout his career; he portrayed Eddie Sweat in the Disney sports drama Secretariat (2010), as Martin Luther King Jr. in Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), and as Bobby Byrd in the 2014 James Brown biopic Get on Up. His final acting role was in True to the Game, which was released posthumously.


Ellis died at the age of 39 on July 8, 2017, in Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. His family released a statement on July 10, 2017, explaining his ongoing struggle with drugs and alcohol, and his reluctance to talk to anyone about his addiction due to the shame he felt over it. In the days prior to his death, Ellis was attempting to withdraw from alcohol on his own and had to be hospitalized due to serious complications from alcohol withdrawal syndrome, resulting in his death.