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      Jay Ellis

      Jay Ellis

      Highest Rated: 96% Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

      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

      Top Gun: Maverick
      The Gutter
      A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. Somebody I Used To Know
      Freaky Tales
      In a Relationship Escape Room

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      Jay Ellis 106 & Park, Jay Ellis, 09/11/2000, ©BET Jay Ellis plays "Payback" in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. ESCAPE ROOM, FROM LEFT: TAYLOR RUSSELL, JAY ELLIS, LOGAN MILLER, TYLER LABINE, 2019. PH: DAVID BLOOMER/© SONY PICTURES RELEASING ESCAPE ROOM, FROM TOP: LOGAN MILLER TAYLOR RUSSELL, JAY ELLIS, 2019. PH: DAVID BLOOMER/© SONY PICTURES RELEASING ESCAPE ROOM, REAR FROM LEFT: DEBORAH ANN WOLL, TAYLOR RUSSELL, JAY ELLIS, LOGAN MILLER, FRONT: NIK DODANI, 2019. PH: DAVID BLOOMER/© SONY PICTURES RELEASING ESCAPE ROOM, JAY ELLIS, 2019. PH: DAVID BLOOMER/© SONY PICTURES RELEASING 106 & Park, Jay Ellis (L), Keshia Chante (C), Bow Wow (R), 09/11/2000, ©BET The Game, Jay Ellis, 'Get Up, Stand Up', Season 9, Ep. #6, 07/08/2015, ©BET The Game, Jay Ellis, 'Get Up, Stand Up', Season 9, Ep. #6, 07/08/2015, ©BET ESCAPE ROOM, FROM LEFT: JAY ELLIS, TAYLOR RUSSELL, NIK DODANI, DEBORAH ANN WOLL, LOGAN MILLER, 2019. PH: DAVID BLOOMER/© SONY PICTURES RELEASING The Game, Jay Ellis, 'Clip It... Clip It Good', Season 9, Ep. #7, 07/15/2015, ©BET The Game, Jay Ellis, 'Hashtag My Bad', Season 9, Ep. #5, 06/30/2015, ©BET The Game, Brandy (L), Wendy Raquel Robinson (C), Jay Ellis (R), 'Dust in the Wind', Season 9, Ep. #4, 06/24/2015, ©BET The Game, Jay Ellis (L), Wendy Raquel Robinson (R), 'Dust in the Wind', Season 9, Ep. #4, 06/24/2015, ©BET The Game, Jay Ellis (L), Coby Bell (C), Hosea Chanchez (R), 'The Dead Episode', Season 9, Ep. #3, 06/17/2015, ©BET LIKE COTTON TWINES, FROM LEFT: JAY ELLIS, OPHELIA KLENAM DZIDZORNU, 2016. ©TURNING POINT PICTURES ESCAPE ROOM, (LOOKING THROUGH GLASS, FROM LEFT): DEBORAH ANN WOLL, NIK DODANI, JAY ELLIS, LOGAN MILLER, TYLER LABINE, TAYLOR RUSSELL, 2019. © COLUMBIA 106 & Park, Jay Ellis (L), Bow Wow (R), 09/11/2000, ©BET Jay Ellis at arrivals for Soul Train Awards 2016 - Arrivals, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV November 6, 2016. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      86% No Score Yet Sue Bird: In the Clutch Executive Producer - 2024
      88% No Score Yet The Gutter Unknown (Character) - 2024
      67% No Score Yet Freaky Tales Unknown (Character) - 2024
      69% 60% Somebody I Used To Know Sean (Character) - 2023
      96% 99% Top Gun: Maverick Lt. Reuben "Payback" Fitch (Character) $718.5M 2022
      No Score Yet 75% Insecure: The End Self - 2021
      71% 65% Black Box Executive Producer - 2020
      51% 54% Escape Room Jason Walker (Character) $57.0M 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thirsty Young Man (Character) - 2019
      60% 38% In a Relationship Dexter (Character) - 2018
      86% 43% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. Unknown (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 95% Shortwave Robert (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 91% 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 42% Breaking Through Quinn (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 50% My Favorite Five Jonathan Colburn (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 65% Dear Secret Santa Brad (Character) - 2013

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All the Single Ladies Executive Producer 2022-2023
      No Score Yet 24% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet How Did They Build That? Host 2022
      100% 76% Rap Sh!t Director 2022
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2017-2018 2021-2022
      97% 82% Insecure Lawrence (Character),
      Director
      2016-2017 2020-2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2017
      90% 87% Grace and Frankie Dan (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Game Bryce "The Blueprint" Westbrooke/Blue (Character) 2011 2013-2015
      84% 85% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet 63% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2013
      81% 88% Hart of Dixie Resident (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Marine Pfc. Thomas "Tommy" Hill (Guest Star) 2011
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2011