Nick James is an American actor famous for his recurring role as Officer Justin Lewis in Tyler Perry’s 2016 crime drama, The Haves and Have Nots. He is also Tika Sumpter’s husband-to-be and baby daddy. Even though Nick wanted to be a comedian at first, it was in acting that he finally found his true calling and he’s gone on to feature in popular movies like NCIS: New Orleans and Eating Out2: Sloppy Seconds. In fact, Nick has been steadily killing it in Hollywood since the late 2000s when he first joined the industry.
The gorgeous hunk used to work as a model before his Hollywood debut, which is really no surprise if you consider how attractive he is. He has worked with well-known brands like the departmental chain mall Walmart and Mexican brewing company Grupo Modelo. Speaking of good looks, he got engaged to the lovely actress and model, Tika Sumpter in 2016 – a move that sparked a lot of negative reactions from fans who wondered why the caramel-skinned Tika decided to find love with a white man. As expected, the handsome couple paid the naysayers little attention and even went on to create a little family together, welcoming their adorable daughter Ella-Loren in 2016.
The 40 Year Old Hunk Is A Pennsylvanian Native of Caucasian Descent
Nick was originally born as Nicholas James Muscarella to Gregory and Vicki Muscarella in Greenville, Pennsylvania, in the United States. While there has been no solid confirmation from the actor about his date of birth, it has been said that he is two years younger than his fiancée, which would put his year of birth around 1982. He grew up alongside his older brother, Michael Muscarella, who is now married and lives in Los Angeles. At first glance, Nick might be considered Italian because of his surname, but he is hundred percent American.
Growing up, the actor knew that he wanted to be a performer. His extremely jocular nature, however, convinced him and his parents that a career in comedy was his calling. He started to practice by recording funny skits with his long-time friend Rocky Habel. Nick James later had his high school education at the Reynolds Junior and Senior High School in his hometown before moving on to the Penn State Behrend College in Erie to study Management and Marketing.
Nick James Career As An Actor
The Chinese Takeout actor did not have much interest in acting at first – especially not in serious roles anyway. While still in college, he had a huge career crisis and was not yet sure the direction to channel all the performing passion inside of him. He later dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his interest in comedy. When he arrived in Los Angeles, he had just $200 to his name and had to take up a part-time job doing bottle service three nights a week. He also worked as a model and was featured in various advertisement commercials.
In a bid to hone his acting skills, he started taking classes at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade taught by the legendary acting tutor, Vincent Chase. Among his classmates were actor Shia LaBeouf, famous for his role in the blockbuster movie, Transformers, and Bill Paxton who appeared in the movie, Twister.
Nick’s earliest movie credit appears to be in a weirdly named 2006 movie called Eating Out2: Sloppy Seconds, but the role he played in the movie is not very clear. He later played a cool guy and star athlete Denny Harper in the 2007 horror flick, Prom Night, which also featured Idris Elba. Since then, his career has only gone upward and he has starred in other popular movies like Fired Up! (2009), Snack Off (2011), Chinese Takeout (2011), Genre This (2012), Self Esteem (2017), and Chaser (2017), to mention but a few.
Nick has also featured in some amazing television shows like The Client List in 2010 which was his breakout television role. His other television appearances were in NCIS (2011), Napoleon Bon Appetit (2011), Jane by Design (2012), Hollywood Heights (2012), Revenge (2014), NCIS: New Orleans (2014), and quite recently, The Haves and the Have Nots (2016).
Nick James Surprisingly Has a Net Worth Running Into Millions of Dollars
Nick might not be on your top 10 richest Hollywood actors list, but he has racked up an impressive net worth of over $12 million in his thirteen-year career. It is certain he didn’t amass his entire net worth through acting alone as he has also signed some very lucrative endorsements with big-shot companies like Walmart. Nick has been also very active in the fashion industry.
On the other hand, his beautiful fiancée Tika Sumpter is said to be worth over $6 million. Tika, like Nick, has also put her hand in several pies and has worked as a television host, a podcast host, and a model, all in addition to her acting career. Tika has been in the industry for a little longer than her soon-to-be husband and even though he is richer, it is very obvious that Tika has done extremely well in Hollywood and isn’t bothered in the least.
Nick and Tika Met on The Set of The Haves and Have Nots
Nick and Tika have been very secretive about the status of their relationship ever since they got together. It seems like Tika in particular would rather give the public crumbs when it comes to her personal life and her fiancé has followed suit. However, it is reported that the two actors have been in a serious relationship since 2016 at least. According to some reputable blogs, they only met on the set of The Haves and the Have Nots when Nick was newly introduced to the show and found out that they had a lot of chemistry off-screen.
Interestingly, on the show, the two were always at loggerheads to the amusement of viewers. Tika plays the role of Candace Young while Nick plays Officer Justin, a closet gay policeman married to a judge. The duo got engaged that very year and if we are to go by Nick’s Instagram posts, then he is far gone in love with the actress.
Tika Sumpter Revealed She Was Proposed To In The Most Dramatic Way
Even though Tika is known for keeping her personal life private, she couldn’t resist spilling the beans about her engagement when asked on ‘The Real’ by host Toni Love. She finally revealed that she and the Fire Off actor were engaged. The revelation came after Toni spotted the big diamond on Tika’s finger. In the biggest revelation of 2017, Tika explained that she and Nick had gotten engaged on Christmas Day in 2016. She said that Nick playfully sent her on a treasure hunt throughout the house and got a Peloton bike as a present from him.
She had thought that was all she was getting, until she came upon a letter “written” by their 3-month-old daughter, asking her to marry Nick. Anyways, immediately after that juicy revelation, Tika went right back to keeping her life totally private. There has been no further news about a wedding yet from either of them and fans are already getting restless as they have been engaged for close to four years now. There is also the possibility that they got married secretly and plan to never tell us. Who knows?
Tika and Nick Have a Lovely Daughter Named Ella-Loren
- Name: Ella-Loren James
- Date of Birth: 8 October 2016
- Place of Birth: Los Angeles, USA
- Age: 5 Years Old
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: Mixed (African American and Caucasian)
Beautiful Ella-Loren is the daughter of celebrity actors Tika Sumpter and Nick James. She was born on the 8th of October in 2016 and is currently 5 years old. Although she is too young for any career moves, Ella-Loren is already a little diva who enjoys posing for the camera with her mummy. She also has a little children’s book club created for her by her parents.