Christopher Julius Rock is an American comedian, actor, television producer, and filmmaker. He came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He has won four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards. Rock hosted the Academy Awards twice, in 2005 and in 2016.
About Chris Rock in brief
Christopher Julius Rock is an American comedian, actor, television producer, and filmmaker. He came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He has won four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards. Rock hosted the Academy Awards twice, in 2005 and in 2016. He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. Rock has said that he was influenced by the performing style of his paternal grandfather, Allen Rock, a preacher. Rock’s paternal grandfather moved from South Carolina to New York City to become a taxicab driver and preacher in the 1940s. 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. Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina on February 7, 1965, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He is of Cameroonian descent, specifically from the Udeme people of northern Cameroon. His younger brothers Tony, Kenny, and Jordan are also in the entertainment business. His older half-brother, Charles, died in 2006 after a long struggle with alcoholism. Rock dropped out of high school altogether, but he later earned a GED. He worked menial jobs at various fast-food restaurants. In 1991, he released his first comedy album, Born Suspect, and won acclaim for his role as a crack addict in the film New Jack City. He appeared in six episodes of the predominantly African-American sketch show In Living Color as a special guest star.
In 1996, he won two Emmy Awards for the comedy special Bring the Pain. He also was the voice of Penny Hardaway, the alter ego to basketball star Hardaway in the series Hardaway vs. the Black People, which gained large acclaim and critical acclaim. Rock also hosted Comedy Central’s Politically Incically Incorrect during the 1996 Presidential elections, for which he earned another Emmy nomination. Rock then wrote and starred in the low-budget comedy CB4 Ass Jokes, which made USD 18 million against its budget of USD 6 million. Rock starred in his first HBO comedy special in 1994 titled Big Ass Half Hour, which was one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful comedians in the industry. He went on to star in Down to Earth, Head of State, The Longest Yard, the Madagascar film series, Grown Ups, its sequel Grownups 2, Top Five, and a series of acclaimed stand-ups specials for HBO. He developed, wrote, and narrated the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, which was based on his early life. He hosted SNL three times; in 1996, 2014 and 2020. 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 Rock national exposure. His role in Beverly Hills Cop II gave Rock his first film role.