Chris Rock Biography

Chris Rock

Quick Facts Of Chris Rock

Celebrated Name Chris Rock
Age 54 Years
Nick Name Chrissy
Birth Name Christopher Julius Rock lll
Birth Date 1965-02-07
Gender Male
Profession Actor

Christopher Julius Rock III popularly known as Chris Rock is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He started his career as a stand-up comedian. He rose to prominence after becoming the cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. His major films are Down to Earth, Head of State, The Longest Yard, the Madagascar film series, Grown Ups series, Top Five, among others. He has also appeared in numerous television series. He has won 4 Emmy Awards and 3 Grammy Awards. He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. He has over 3.3 million followers on his Instagram. 

Veteran Comedian Chris Rock Slams Absent Jussie Smollett At NAACP Image Awards

Chris Rock went on stage to poke on Jussie Smollett at NAACP Image Awards. Jussie who was nominated for his work in Empire for Outstanding supporting actor was however absent at the event. 

Chris Rock said, "They said no Jussie Smollett jokes. I Know. What a waste of light skin, you know? you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be outta here, running Hollywood".

He added, "What the hell was he thinking? From now on I ain't never gonna (say) no Jussie, you're a Jessie from now on. You don't get the 'u' no more. That 'u' respected. you don't get no respect from me".

Jussie who was charged with several counts of staging fake hate crime where he staged an attack of himself. He was charged with filing a false police report. However, Smollett's defense team reached a deal with prosecutors and all charges against Smollett was dropped in return for Smollett performing community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond. FBI is investigating the dismissal of charges against him. 

Famous For

  • Cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s.
  • Major films such as Down to Earth, Head of State, The Longest Yard, the Madagascar film series, Grown Ups series, Top Five, among others. 

Did Chris Rock finish high school?

Chris Rock was born on 7 February 1965. His birth name is Christopher Julius Rock III. He was born to a father, Christopher Julius Rock Jr., and a mother Rosalie Rock. He belongs to Black ethnicity.  His birthplace is in Andrews, South Carolina in the United States. He holds American nationality. He is of Cameroonian descent from the Udeme people of northern Cameroon. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. He has 3 younger brothers, Tony, Kenny, and Jordan. He had an older half-brother, Charles, who died in 2006. His parents moved to the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York shortly after his birth. They later relocated and settled in the working-class area of Bedford-Stuyvesant.

He was bused to schools as he endured bullying and beatings from white students. He attended James Madison High School. His parents pulled him from the high school when the bullying became worse as he got older. He dropped out of high school. He later earned a GED.

He started working menial jobs at various fast-food restaurants.

Standup Comedy and Television

In 1984, he started performing stand-up comedy in New York City's Catch a Rising Star.

He made his television debut in an episode of Miami Vice in 1987. 

He started getting minor roles in films and television series.

He became the cast member of the popular sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live in 1990. 

He and other new cast members Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, and David Spade became known as the Bad Boys of SNL.

His tenure on SNL gave him national exposure. 

He released his first comedy album, Born Suspect in 1991.

He was planning to leave SNL after the 1992-93 season, but was effectively fired from the show.

He then appeared in numerous comedy sketches, television series including, In Living Color, HBO Comedy Half-Hour, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, Homicide: Life on the Street, among others. 

His comedy special Bring the Pain in the 1996 made his one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful comedians in the industry winning 2 Emmy Awards. 

His popularity expanded after playing a role as a commentator for Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect during the 1996 Presidential elections. 

His show, The Chris Rock Show also garnered him popularity and success at the same time. He interviewed celebrities and politicians on his show. He won Emmy for writing the show.

He translated his comedy into print form in the book Rock This!.

He was the narrator and the executive producer of the UPN television network comedy series, Everybody Hates Chris. The series is based on Rock's school days. The show garnered him both critical and rating success as well as several major nominations.

He released comedy albums, Roll with the New. The album earned him Grammy Award.

Netflix announced in October 2016 that they would be releasing two new stand-up comedy specials from Rock. Rock was paid $40 million per special. 

He has hosted 1997, 1999, and 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, 77th, and 88th Academy Awards, and 2014 BET Awards. 

Films

Eddie Murphy saw his act at a nightclub and mentored him. Murphy gave Rock his first film role in Beverly Hills Cop II. It was his debut movie.

Previously, he had an uncredited minor role in the 1985 film, Krush Groove.

He had some supporting roles in films, Dogma, Beverly Hills Ninja, Lethal Weapon 4, and Nurse Betty. 

His major films are The Longest Yard, Bad Company, Down to Earth, the Grown Ups series, the Madagascar series,  Down to Earth, Head of State, Top Five, Death at a Funeral, 2 Days in New York, among others.

He had voice roles in the popular Madagascar film frachise.

He is the writer and director of Head of State and I Think I Love My Life. He also played the lead role in both the films.

He released his first documentary, Good Hair in 2009.

He is working on a documentary about debt called, Credit Is the Devil.

Music Videos 

His first music video was for his song "Your Mother's Got a Big Head" from his album, Born Suspect.

He has also made videos for his songs, "Champagne", and "No Sex (In the Champagne Room)".

He directed and appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Hump de Bump".

He has appeared in the music video "Smooth Operator" by Big Daddy Kane, "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash, and a cameo in "Bitch I'm Madonna" by Madonna.

Stage Plays

He appeared on Broadway in Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Motherfucker with the Hat in 2011. He was nominated for a Drama League Award. 

Who is Chris Rock Dating?

Chris Rock is currently dating actress Megalyn Echikunwoke. The couple started dating in 2016. 

Previously, he was married to Malaak Compton. They got married on 23 November 1996. They lived in Alpine, New Jersey. The couple shares two daughters together. They are Lola Simone born in 2002 and Zahra Savannah born in 2004. Rock announced in December 2014 that he had filed for divorce. Their divorce was finalized in August 2016. He struggled with a porn addiction.

He lives in New York City, New York. 

What are Chris Rock's Body Measurements?

Chris Rock stands at a height of 1.78 m i.e. 5 feet and 10 inches tall. He has a body weight of 172 lbs i.e. 78 kg. He has a slim body build. He has a chest size of 38 inches, biceps of size 13 inches, and waist of size 32 inches. He has dark brown eyes and his hair color is black. 

What is Chris Rock's Net Worth?

Chris Rock is one of the successful comedians in the world. Comedy is his main source of income. He has appeared in several films, television shows, and comedy sketches. Netflix paid him $40 million per comedy special out of two comedy special from Rock. Working in the entertainment industry is his main source of income. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at $100 million.  

Did You Know?

  • His father was a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman, whereas his mother was a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped.
  • His father died after ulcer surgery in 1988.
  • His younger brothers are also in the entertainment business.
  • He has said he was influenced by the performing style of his paternal grandfather, Allen Rock.
  • His comedy influences are Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Redd Foxx, Pigmeat Markham, Woody Allen, Eddie Murphy, Sam Kinison, George Carlin, Mort Sahl, and Rodney Dangerfield.
  • His family history was profiled on the PBS series, African American Lives 2 in 2008.
  • His great great grandfather, Julius Caesar Tingman was a slave for 21 years before serving in the American Civil War as part of the United States Colored Troops.
  • Time and Entertainment weekly named him "the funniest man in America".
  • Christian Finnegan, Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, Kevin Hart, and Trevor Noah has named Rock as their comedy influences.
  • He is vocal critic of racial profiling.

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