Jay Ellis

Jay Ellis

Highest Rated: 86% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018)

Lowest Rated: 51% Escape Room (2019)

Birthday: Dec 27, 1981

Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina, USA

Jay Ellis was an American actor who was best known for his recurring roles on the television shows "The Game" (BET, 2006-2015) and "Insecure" (HBO, 2016- ). Born into a military family in Fort Sumter, South Carolina, Ellis traveled a lot as a young boy due to his father's career in the Air Force. Eventually, however, his family settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is where Ellis primarily grew up. He was an athletic child and excelled in sports throughout high school, primarily football. It was football that earned him a scholarship to Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. It was during his time at Concordia that Ellis embarked on a career in the entertainment business, first as a professional model and later as an actor. As a model he worked on campaigns for Nike's Air Jordan brand, and quickly found that he enjoyed being in front of the camera. That ease and comfort in front of the camera eventually led Ellis to pursue a career in Hollywood as a film and TV actor. He landed his first TV role in 2005, and by the early 2010s was landing guest spots on shows like "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ), "NCIS" (CBS, 2003- ), and "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 2005-2014). Then in 2013 Ellis nabbed his breakout TV role on the BET comedy-drama "The Game." Ellis appeared on 45 episodes of the series from 2013 to 2015. After his time on "The Game" ended in 2015, Ellis nabbed his next major film role on the HBO comedy "Insecure." The series was a critical hit when it debuted on the network in the fall of 2016.

Highest rated movies

A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. In a Relationship Escape Room

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Top Gun: Maverick Payback (Character) - 2022
51% 51% Escape Room Jason Walker (Character) $57.0M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thirsty Young Man (Character) - 2019
60% 42% In a Relationship Dexter (Character) - 2018
86% 44% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 96% Shortwave Robert (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 89% Like Cotton Twines Micha Brown (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Confessions 1st Kissed (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 41% November Rule James Avedon (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 43% Breaking Through Quinn (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 50% My Favorite Five Jonathan Colburn (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 56% Dear Secret Santa Brad (Character) - 2013

TV

Credit
97% 81% Insecure Lawrence (Character),
Director
2016-2017 2020-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2015-2016 2018-2020
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2020
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2020
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2020
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Game Bryce "The Blueprint" Westbrooke/Blue (Character) 2011 2013-2015 2017
No Score Yet 100% Desus & Mero Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
88% 83% Grace and Frankie Dan (Guest Star) 2016
84% 86% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet 72% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2013
81% 87% Hart of Dixie Resident (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 85% NCIS Marine Pfc. Thomas "Tommy" Hill (Guest Star) 2011
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2011