Jay Ellis Biography
Jay Ellis (birth name: Wendell Ramone “Jay” Ellis Jr.) is an American actor from South Carolina. Initially, Ellis was a model but he became an actor after moving to Los Angeles.
He landed a major role on BET’s series The Game in 2013 as Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrook and in 2015, he was cast in HBO’s series Insecure that premiered in 2016.
Jay Ellis Age | Jay Ellis Birthday
The ‘Insecure’ actor is 37 years old as of 2018. He was born on 27 December 1981 in Sumter, South Carolina, United States.
Jay Ellis Parents
Ellis Jr. is the son and only child of Paula Ellisa and Wendell Ellis Sr.. His mother used to work as a finance executive while his father, Wendell Ellis Sr. was with the Air Force.
In his early younger days, Ellis Jr. attended 12 schools in 13 years then went to the Concordia University in Oregon. While at the university, he played basketball as his sport. Later on, he took a public relations job as an intern for the Portland Trail Blazers during their infamous “Jail Blazers” era.
Upon his internship completion, Ellis became a model and modeled for Portland-based sportswear companies like Nike, Adidas and Columbia Sportswear.Jay Ellis Photo
Jay Ellis and Wife – Girlfriend
Ellis seems to be in a relationship with Nina Senicar, a Serbian model. They reportedly began dating in 2015 and can be seen together on several media events. They however don’t discuss their relationship publicly as Ellis speaks of his value for privacy and respect for himself and his girlfriend.
Jay Ellis Gay
As most talented and good-looking actors, Ellis has been had to face questions regarding his sexual orientation. Runors suggesting that he might be gay have made rounds on the Internet but the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ actor denied those allegations.
He has dated ladies with his girlfriend being Nina Senicar prior to which he was with Brittany Daniel.
Jay Ellis Career
Ellis had a passion in acting, hence, he moved to Los Angeles to focus on his new career. In 2005, his acting career kicked off whith him appearing in single episodes of Invasion and Related, both of which are television series. In 2011-2012, he made appearances in three other TV series, namely; Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and How I Met Your Mother
Ellis’s breakthrough in acting came about in 2013 when he got a major starring role in BET’s series The Game. He got a role on HBO’s comedy series Insecure with the announcement of his involvement being made in August 2015. The series premiered in October 2016.
Jay Ellis On The Game
The Game is a comedy-drama television series. Ellis played the character of Bryce ‘Blue’ Westbrook in seasons 6-9. He is a wide receiver for San Diego Sabers and the first overall draft pick from Stanford. He dates Keira Whitaker (Lauren London) in an on-again, off-again type of relationship.
Jay Ellis Insecure
Ellis appeared in the comedy-drama television series as a member of the main cast in seasons 1&2 and recurring in season 3. He played the role of Lawrence Walker, the main character’s (Issa Dee) ex-boyfriend.
Jay Ellis Escape Room
In this 2019 film, Ellis appears as Jason Walker.
Jay Ellis Top Gun: Maverick
Jay Ellis To Star Opposite Tom Cruise In ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Jay Ellis is set to star in the forthcoming Top Gun: Maverick film set to hit theaters July 12, 2019 opposite Tom Cruise.
Ellis, however, isn’t the only new addition to the flight school action-drama. The Joseph Kosinski-directed movie boasts a diverse cast including Thomasin McKenzie, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, Monica Barbaro. Val Kilmer, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller are also in the second installment of the classic American film.
More than 30 years ago, Tom Cruise starred in the classic Top Gun. A 24-year-old Cruise played Maverick sent to the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School to hone his skills as a pilot. However, his character’s arrogance merited the ire of other pilots in the school, including Kilmer’s character Iceman. The 1986 film went onto earn $386 million domestically.
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Jay Ellis Net Worth
The talented actor has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Jay Ellis Height
Ellis Jr. is 1.89 m (6 feet 2 inches) tall.
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