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Segal Award for his semi-autobiographical play "Ugly." After years of acting on the stage, Ellis earned his break-out role in 2008 as "True Blood’s" Lafayette.
In a show known for being unapologetically gory and gratuitously sexy, Ellis' portrayal of Lafayette garnered praise because it defied many of the stereotypes of gay men on television.
Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life.
His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others. He attended Thorn Ridge High School in Dolton, and later attended Oxford University and Columbia College in Chicago before graduating from the famed Juilliard School.
as the fan favorite Lafayette Reynolds, struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years.