Nelsan Ellis (November 30, 1977 July 8, 2017) was an American actor, writer, director and playwright. He was best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in the series True Blood. He also appeared in a number of films including The Butler where he portrayed Martin Luther King Jr.
He died at the age of 39 on July 8, 2017 of alcohol withdrawal syndrome, after dealing with drug and alcohol abuse and attempting to withdraw from alcohol on his own.
- Warm Springs (2005) - Roy Collier, television film
- The Soloist (2009) - David Carter
- Secretariat (2010) - Eddie Sweat
- The Help (2011) - Henry the Waiter
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012) - Wainwright
- The Butler (2013) - Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Get On Up (2014) - Bobby Byrd
- The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) - Jesse Fletcher
- Little Boxes (2016) - Mack Burns
- True To The Game (2017) - Tyrik, dedicated in his Memory
- Roxanne Roxanne (2018) - Mr. Lester, posthumous release
- The Inside (20052006) - Carter Howard
- True Blood (20082014) - Lafayette Reynolds
- Elementary (20162017) - Shinwell Johnson