Chris Rock

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Chris Rock is an African-American actor and stand-up comedian. He was born on February 7, 1965 in Georgetown, South Carolina. His parents later moved to Brooklyn, New York to raise him. Chris Rock has been called one of the top five stand-up comedians of all times by Comedy Central, and continues to shock audiences with his rude yet hilarious outlook on life.


Rock was a wisecracker all of his life and wanted to be a comedian since childhood. He dropped out of high school and joined the New York comedy club circuit. He was picked up by comedians Eddie Murch and Sam Kinison, who used their influence to find small roles for Rock in both television and film. Rock finally got his break in the early 1990’s when he got the chance to write and play in “Saturday Night Live.” Rock left the late-night show in 1993 to pursue a career on the big screen. He began appearing in films like “Bad Company,” “Head of State”, “The Longest Yard” “Down to Earth,” “Dogma”, and “Lethal Weapon Four,” and his own “CB4” and “Pootie Tang.” He found that these roles did not fit his style of explicit humor, and he found bigger success with his HBO show, “The Chris Rock Show,” which won him two Cable ACE awards, and with comedy specials like “Niggas vs Black People,” “Bring the Pain”, “Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker,” and the recent, “Never-Scared.”

Most of Rock’s comedy is devoted to racial differences and women. He claims much of his work is based on his teenage years, strict parents, and his school. Rock was sent to an almost all-white school in Brooklyn that was known for its racial problems.

Rock was give the honor of hosting the 77th Academy Awards in 2005. Rock is now co-producing in the sitcom based on his childhood, “Everybody Hates Chris. He is also working on film projects “Sick Day and “The Gilmores of Beverly Hills,” due out in 2006, and a project with Eddie Murphy that is supposed to be ready in 2007.