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Chris Rock

Lauded by awards and critics alike, Chris Rock (Mooseblood) is one of our generation's strongest comedic voices. The Brooklyn-raised comedian has garnered three Emmys, three Grammy Awards, including a win this past year, has seen his former eponymous talk show become one of HBO's highest-rated and most talked-about programs, and is co-creator and narrator of the acclaimed hit television series Everybody Hates Chris, now on the newly-formed CW network.

Rock made his directorial debut with Head of State, which opened number one at the box office. Rock starred as an unlikely Washington, D.C. alderman chosen to be a presidential nominee, while Bernie Mac portrayed Rock's older brother who becomes his running mate.

In 2005, Rock starred in both The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler, a remake of the 1974 classic, as well as in the box office hit Madagascar, featuring the voices of Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Stiller, Andy Richter, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer.

This year, Rock reprised his role as director – as well as producer and star – with the romantic comedy he penned, I Think I Love My Wife. The film centers around a married man (Rock) who finds his will and morals tested when he's visited by the ex-mistress of an old friend.

Previously, Rock starred in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Bad Company, opposite Anthony Hopkins; the romantic comedy Down to Earth, co-directed by Paul and Chris Weitz and co-written by Rock; and the dark comedy Nurse Betty, directed by Neil LaBute, in which Rock co-starred with Morgan Freeman and Renée Zellweger.

Rock's feature film debut was in Beverly Hills Cop II II with Eddie Murphy. He went on to write, create, star and produce the rap comedy CB4 in 1993, a satire of the world of hardcore rap, which opened #1 at the box office. Other film credits include Boomerang, with Eddie Murphy; Panther, a drama spotlighting the lives of the ‘60s activist group, the Black Panthers, directed by Mario Van Peebles; New Jack City with Wesley Snipes (a film marking Rock's dramatic debut as a desperate crack addict); and I'm Gonna Get You Sucka! with Keenen Ivory Wayans. The summer of 1998 saw Chris Rock co-star in two $100-million-plus grossing films: Letha Weapon $ and Dr. Dolittle. Rock also starred in Kevin Smith's Dogma, which also featured Ben Affleck, Salma Hayek and Matt Damon.

In September of 2005, Everybody Hates Chris, the Rock-inspired sitcom about a black kid in a mostly white school in 1980s Brooklyn, debuted on UPN. Since then, it has been named one of Entertainment Weekly's top new series, making it the most-watched comedy in UPN's history. Rock is the co-creator and narrator of the show. In 2006, the show earned both a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Writers Guild Awards nomination for Best New Series. Rock previously served as an executive producer of the hit sitcom The Hughleys, which aired on the UPN network.

After gaining early success as a stand-up comedian, Rock joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1989. In 1993, Rock taped his first HBO special Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes, which was honored with a CableAce Award. Rock served as the sole 1996 presidential campaign correspondent for the acclaimed Politically Incorrect, then on Comedy Central, and received an Emmy nomination for a shared writing credit in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program for the show.

Rock's true emergence can be traced to his next HBO special, Bring the Pain, which was honored with two Emmy Awards for Best Writing and Outstanding Special in 1997. Bring the Pain was released as a home video, as well as a Grammy Award-winning CD.

Rock went on to host the acclaimed Chris Rock Show, which began airing on HBO in 1997. Rock and his popular talk show were honored with several Emmy nominations for writing and host and received an Emmy Award for Best Writing in 1999.

His next HBO stand-up special, Bigger & Blacker, taped on the stage of Harlem's fabled Apollo Theatre, earned three Emmy nominations for Rock, while the CD went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Spoken or Comedy Album. Rock's most recent HBO special, Never Scared, aired in April 2004 and was nominated for two Emmys, with its CD also earning the Grammy for Best Comedy Album.

In 2003, Rock embarked on his North American stand-up tour, entitled the Black Ambition Tour, that ran in 64 cities with over 80 shows through March of 2004.

Rock hosted the 77th Annual Academy Awards in 2005, as well as the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003. Rock's debut book, Rock This, spent time on both The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller lists.

Rock will reprise his role as Marty the Zebra in the upcoming Madagascar: The Crate Escape.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Chris Rock Facts

BirthdayFebruary 7, 1966 (57)
BirthplaceGeorgetown, South Carolina, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Chris Rock compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Furious 7
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Fast & Furious: The Ultimate Ride Collection
Fast & Furious 6
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Fast Five
Fast & Furious 7-Movie Collection
Grown Ups
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