Grant Chestnut is the son of Morris Chestnut, a Hollywood movie star. Born in 1997, Grant is currently 26 and earns a living as an employee of Atlas Consulting Group Inc, where he occupies the position of the company’s Account Executive and Trainer.
The American celebrity kid is not Morris’ only child. He was brought up alongside a younger sister Paige Chestnut who is currently making waves in the modeling industry as a runway queen. The University of Colorado Boulder alum shares his love of fitness with his movie superstar father, always hitting the gym from time to time.
How Old is Grant Chestnut?
Grant Chestnut is aged 26 as his year of birth is listed as 1997, though the exact month and day have never been disclosed. He was born in Cerritos, California, making him a citizen of the United States. However, Grant’s physical appearance is a testament to the youngster’s African-American roots.
Talking about his academic journey, Grant is said to be a college graduate. He attended local schools in his place of birth to achieve his early academic qualifications, but when the time came for the American celebrity kid to proceed to higher studies, he chose to pitch his tent with the University of Colorado Boulder. While in college, Grant studied Strategic Communications – Marketing and Advertising.
Grant’s days at the university were quite memorable as he indulged in notable extracurricular activities. The Californian native was a Chi Psi fraternity member during his day as a student. He enlisted to join the P&G (Proctor & Gamble) CEO Regional Competition in April 2019. The young man performed wonderfully well in his team, advancing to round three of the North American Championships hosted in Boston. They later emerged in the first position.
His performance at the regional level propelled Grant Chestnut to the global stage of P&G CEO completion in Dubai where he was able to hold his own, finishing at a decent 5th position.
From what is obvious, Grant’s interests in other fields did not discourage him from his academic pursuit. He finished college with an excellent record. He was one out of the four students that emerged top of their class in problem-solving skills and business experience.
Following his college graduation in 2019, Grant Chestnut took to his Facebook page to celebrate another milestone in his life. The youngster, who was really excited, expressed his feelings with images of his childhood picture with other members of the Chestnut clan.
In his social media post, Chestnut expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the man who gave him life. Talking about his father, Grant said he wouldn’t be where he is today without his dad. Wishing him a Happy Father’s Day celebration, the University of Colorado Boulder alum said he appreciates his father so much.
Who is Grant Chestnut’s Father?
Grant Chestnut’s dad is none other than the celebrated American actor, Morris Chestnut. Born on the 1st of January 1969, Morris is the son of Shirley and Morris Chestnut. He came from a humble background, with his mum working as a classroom teacher and his father earning a living as a medical salesman. Obviously, an African-American by ethnicity, Morris Chestnut is of American nationality as he was born in California. An alum of California State University, Northridge, the renowned American actor worked as a bank teller prior to his career in the entertainment industry.
Morris, who obviously has a knack for taking up law enforcement roles, made his acting debut on the set of the second season of Freddy’s Nightmares – A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series. He went on to record his big break in the film Boyz in the Hood, depicting the character of Ricky in 1991. His performance in the movie won millions of hearts all over the world and opened inroads into several other acting gigs.
His other acting gigs were witnessed in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, GI. Jane, The Best Man, and its sequel, The Best Man Holiday.
Grant Chestnut’s dad also played notable roles in other Half Past Dead, The Brothers, Breakin’ All the Rules, Two Can Play That Game, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, and Ladder 49.
Also an author, Morris co-wrote the health and fitness book entitled, The Cut, alongside Obadike.
Grant’s Mum is Pam Byse
Pam Byse is the name of Grant Chestnut’s mother. She was born in Los Angeles, California on the 22nd of December 1973. An American citizen, Pam’s physical appearance points to her African-American heritage.
Quite distinct from her movie superstar husband, Pam prefers to live a quiet life well away from public scrutiny. In fact, her presence cannot be found on any social media platform.
Because of her penchant for living a private life, nothing is known about Pam’s career pursuits, though there are several online sauces claiming she is a stay-at-home mum, Morris once made a post in that regard on his Instagram handle.
Grant Chestnut has a Younger Sister Named Paige
Far from being the only child of his parents, Grant Chestnut shared his growing-up years with a younger sister who goes by the name Paige Chestnut. Born on the 28th of November 1998, Paige is barely one year younger than her big brother. Like Grant, she attended local school in California and is currently pursuing a college degree. At age 24, Grant’s baby sister has achieved some milestones in her career life.
From what is obvious, Paige is joggling her academic pursuit with a modeling career, and it is glaring that she is making headway in both directions. As a model, Grant’s only sibling is a signee of the known modeling company called Munder Management, and under the watch of the firm, she has achieved a lot. Paige was just 17 in 2017 when she walked the runway at the Los Angeles Fashion Week.
In addition to that, Grant’s sister has modeled for top names in the fashion and cosmetics industry, such as NGO, Marisa P. Clark, Gyv Me Body, Matt Sarafia, and many more. Paige’s parents are so proud of the achievements she has made, and her dad never misses an opportunity to praise his baby girl. Paige also has an Instagram handle through which she puts her craft on display.
Grant and his baby sister Paige share a very close bond. According to the Californian native, he adores his only sibling. On the 2nd of December 2019, Grant took to his Facebook page to share a throwback picture of him and Paige, which elicited a lot of comments from his followers. Grant also remembers to wish Paige well on her birthdays and other anniversaries.
There was a time that rumors ran rife that Grant Chestnut has a half-brother from his father’s past relationships. A Facebook post from a young man called Daunte Morris suddenly surfaced on Facebook claiming that Grant’s father has abandoned him.
It goes without saying that a revelation of this magnitude about an A-list actor of Morris Chestnut’s caliber is bound to throw the media outlets into a reporting frenzy. The plethora of reports that emerged about Grant’s would-be brother pushed his father to make a public statement. According to Morris, he accepted Dante and was already raising the young man as his son before a paternity test result proved they weren’t father and son. Nothing was said about the identity of Dante’s mother.
Grant Chestnut’s Parents Had him after Marriage
Morris and Pam were already married for a couple of years before they became first-time parents to Grant, who came in 1997. The duo first crossed paths during the 1990s when they happened to be at an Atlanta club at the same time. According to Morris, he knew right away that Pam was going to be the mother of his children. He was with a friend when he sighted her for the first time, and on inquiring about Pam, his pal told him not to bother wasting his time as the lady gives “no man no play”. The actor’s response was, “That’s exactly the woman he needs to holler at”
When they started dating, Morris said he loved the ease with which Pam handled her sisters’ children, and he wasted no time in concluding that she was going to make an excellent mum to their own children when they eventually come.
After dating for a few years, Grant Chestnut’s parents eventually exchanged their forever commitment in 1995. Details about the type of wedding ceremony they had are not available, but quite unlike the typical Hollywood marriages that end within a short while, the couple’s union has survived for over two decades and counting.
Morris and Pam seem to be renewing their love with the passage of time. The couple is obviously growing closer instead of drifting apart. When asked about the secret of their enduring relationship, the Boyz in the Hood star said communication is very important in every relationship. The actor stated this when he made a guest appearance on the set of LIVEKellyandMark.
Even without mention, it is glaring that Grant Chestnut’s father is a caring husband. The Hollywood star dotes on his spouse and can’t just get enough of her. Despite her penchant for hiding from the camera, Pam is always by Morris’ side on special events and occasions. She has graced as many red carpets as her movie superstar husband.
Morris spoke to Essence about his stable marriage with Pam in 2014. According to the “Ladder 49” actor, he live with Pam for several years, and in his experience, mutual respect is the first and foremost factor that glues them together and makes their union stronger.
The couple makes a cute bunch and never seems to get tired of exchanging love gifts with each other. The actor once gifted his wife a surprise birthday bash on her birth anniversary, and Pam reciprocated the gesture with a car gift. Interesting to note that Pam and Morris belong to the Capricorn zodiac sign, and this has been severally mentioned as one reason they share incredible compatibility and chemistry.
Grant Chestnut’s Relationship with Parents
Grant Chestnut and his parents are very close. Father and son share similar facial and body structures, which has been severally pointed out by fans. Despite his busy schedule in the entertainment industry, Morris has proved to be a hands-on dad, heavily involved in Grant and Paige’s upbringing. Even now that the two have become young adults, their movie superstar dad admits he still looks in on them from time to time.
Grant once leveraged his Facebook account to attribute his success to his father’s unconditional love, his unflinching support, and above all, his selfless sacrifice. He always remembers to send shootouts to Morris on his birthday and other special occasions like Father’s Day Celebration.
On her own part, Pam, who opted to be a stay-at-home mother, takes the credit for molding her children into responsible adults. Though the mother of two is not visible on social media platforms, her love for Paige and Grant is obvious from the posts other members of the Chestnut family share on the internet space.
Grant once shared a heartwarming Facebook message on the 10th of May 2020 with a throwback picture of Pam while the family was on a trip. The post was captioned with loving words.
Wishing his mum a Happy Mother’s Day the following year, Grant Chestnut described Pam as “the greatest mother on the entire planet”. The youngster expressed his gratitude to Pam for always traveling with them on holidays even though she doesn’t like planes.
Is Morris Chestnut’s Son an Actor?
Grant Chestnut did not follow in the footsteps of his movie actor father. After achieving a degree in Strategic Communications – Marketing and Advertising, the University of Colorado Boulder alum went on to look for work in other fields.
Chestnut landed his first job in 2018 in the sales department of CUTCO Cutlery as a salesman. He then became the international sales coordinator of the E.F Educational Tours firm. Luck smile on the youngster in November 2020 when Atlas Consulting Group Inc. offered him a better paycheck with enviable working conditions as its Account Executive and Trainer; the job was on a full-time basis.
Even though he didn’t follow his dad into the acting world, father and son still have something in common. They are both fitness enthusiasts. Like the Hollywood movie star, Grant Chestnut always hits the gym for vigorous workout sessions and when he does, the Californian native shares his pictures and videos on social media – a trait he obviously picked from Morris.