Ladies love Morris Chestnut. The actor has been a heartthrob since bursting on the scenes back in the ’90s and is still beloved to this day. The Best Man star is back on our screens in the new Peacock series inspired by the film, and a new generation of women are falling in love with him.
Morris revealed once that despite all the love he gets from female fans, he’s never fully taken advantage of it because he’s been married for the better part of his career. The actor made his debut in 1991’s Boyz N The Hood. He’s been acting steadily ever since and has been cashing in on his good looks, wooing female fans with charming performances in films like The Brothers, Two Can Play at That Game, and of course, The Best Man. The Best Man: The Final Chapters just reunited him with Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan, and fans are overloading on the nostalgia.
In a recently resurfaced interview with The Breakfast Club, Morris talks about how he’s navigated being a sex symbol over the years. Charlamagne specifically wanted to know if Chestnut used his good looks to “fornicate with a lot of fans.” Morris immediately laughs this off, declaring, “no!” and reveals, “I’m married, man!” He talks about his 20-plus year marriage to his wife Pam Byse-Chestnut, whom he wed in 1995. “So no, I don’t take advantage of fans,” he said with a smile.
Morris goes on to explain his decision to tie the knot so early on in his career. He says that he always wanted to have a family and hoped to start one at a young age. “I wanted to be able to play football and everything with my son. I wanted to be able to have our kids young.” He revealed that his kids, son Grant and daughter Paige, were already college age so he and his wife were done raising them and able to enjoy their time alone.
Charlamagne says that marriage made him feel the most accomplished, as well as having a family. Morris agreed, saying that the real magic is being able to grow together as well. “Seeing the growth and development of both. You have to be somewhat fortunate to grow together. You hope that you grow together and are able to raise kids.” Morris says his wife is one of a kind, and that has been what allows them to navigate the entertainment industry together and not be divided by it.
Morris’s wife, Pam Byse, has remained mostly quiet throughout his career, mostly just showing up at award shows with him and on red carpets. There is not a lot of information on her career. Fans celebrate Pam on different social media platforms for her unproblematic nature and timeless beauty. “Sheesh, Pam Byse-Chestnut is blessed!!! Lol,” said one person. “Pam Byse-Chestnut watching y’all lust after her husband like, ‘ha! Suffer.’” said another.
Their children are all grown up and take after their famous dad and his good looks. Paige is a model, and Grant attended college in Denver.