Chris Rock

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Chris Rock

Born

2/7/1965, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York

Birth Name

Christopher Julius Rock lll

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Chris Rock (I)
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Biography

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Chris Rock was raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which is in Brooklyn, New York. He has been in stand-up comedy for over twelve years. He made his big screen debut in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) and spent three years on the cast of Saturday Night Live. He does commercials…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2009, Chris won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special in his work on Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger.

    • In 1999, Chris won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program in his work on The Chris Rock Show.

    • In 1997, Chris won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program in his work on Chris Rock: Bring the Pain.

    • Chris says he and his co-star Tyler James Williams on Everybody Hates Chris get along very well, and they meet each other off and on set.

    • Chris mentioned his best acting experience was with Morgan Freeman in Nurse Betty (2000).

    • At first, Chris did not tell his parents about working the comedy clubs until 3 or 4 in the morning. His parents confronted him one night on suspicion he was out doing drugs. When Chris confessed he was just doing stand-up comedy, his parents were very relieved.

    • Chris was offered the job of hosting The Academy Awards four times before finally accepting it.

    • Chris Rock and Chris Farley were hired by Lorne Michaels for Saturday Night Live on the same day. Chris shared an office and dorm with Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, and David Spade during his stay with the show.

    • Chris's grandfather was Alan Rock, a reverend, and a lot of his comedic style comes from this family member.

    • Despite rumors of a divorce, Chris and his wife Malaak are still very happily married since 1996.

    • Chris announced on November 3,2006 that he has begun divorce proceedings against his wife of nearly ten years Malaak Compton-Rock. The couple have not announced a reason, and they have two daughters, 4 year old Lola & 2 year old Zahra.

    • Chris helped students at Howard University start up a black humor magazine.

    • Chris has been known as an: actor, comedian, TV host, director, producer, screenwriter, Red Lobster employee, humor magazine editor, and a laborer.

    • Chris was fired from Saturday Night Live in 1993, as part of a regular cast turnover.

    • Chris's albums:
      Born Suspect 1991
      Roll With Me 1997
      Bigger & Blacker 1999
      Never Scared 2005

    • Chris earned:
      $600.00 on Beverly Hills Cop II in 1987
      $11,000.00 on New Jack City in 1991
      $2,000,000.00 on Lethal Weapon in 1998

    • Chris had two major big screen hits open on the same day in the United States on May 27th, 2004: Madagascar, the animated comedy co-starring David Schwimmer, and The Longest Yard, co-starring Adam Sandler & Burt Reynolds.

    • Chris was offered the role of Lamont Sanford by Paramount Pictures, who were preparing to do a big screen version of the sitcom Sanford & Son. Chris is a huge fan of Red Foxx, and met with the people at Paramount to dissuade the production, and the production was then shelved.

    • Chris's wife Malaak Compton Rock was featured in Redbook magazine's "Mothers and Shakers" tribute for her contribution to women in need of hair services. She provides cuts and stylings to women who are getting off of welfare, and preparing to enter the workforce.

    • Chris likes all kinds of different music: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay Z, DMX, Eminem, and Smashing Pumpkins.

    • Chris received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 12th, 2003.

    • Chris says that he perfects his comedy routines by seeing a psychiatrist once a week.

    • Chris defends athletes that use steroids, saying that they give them the physique needed for their best performances.

    • Chris lists Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, and Eddie Murphy as his comedy heroes.

    • The choice to have Chris host the 2005 Academy Awards show was heavily criticized by a Christian group of women called "CWA" (Concerned Women for America). They complained that Chris was far too vulgar and lewd to host the prestigious award show.

    • Chris had a hit song titled No Sex In The Champagne Room.

    • Chris co-wrote the opening monologue of the 2005 Academy Awards Show with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld.

    • Chris wrote a book titled Rock This in 1997. The book was less autobiographical, and more observant and reflective in content.

    • Chris's wife Malaak is the founder and executive director of Styleworks, a non-profit full service salon that gives women leaving welfare and entering the workforce free services.

    • Chris has been arrested for: vehicular assault on a youth that robbed him, and three traffic violations, including driving on a suspended license.

    • Chris was named the 5th greatest comedian of all time by Comedy Central.

    • Chris won the "Wannabe" award at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards in 2006.

    • He shares a birthday with Ashton Kutcher.

    • He was voted the funniest person in America by Entertainment Weekly.

  • Quotes

    • Chris: No one wants to sleep with me. Girls are like, 'I want you to read this book.' It's never, 'We should go to a hotel.'

    • Chris: I had a one minute part in this movie I'm Gonna Get You Sucka (1988) and its probably the most memorable role I've ever had. People still come up to me and mention it. This just goes to show you that it's not the size of the role that counts, it's what you do with it.

    • Chris: My father was a strict disciplinarian. Whenever I said I just wanted to be somewhere early, he would say: 'There's no such thing as early, it's just on time and late'.

    • Chris: Being a comedian is sort of like being a psychic. You tell us three things about yourself and we'll tell you three more things you didn't know.

    • Chris: It's my responsibility to rock the house every single time. No matter what.

    • Chris: I wanted to be the president of the United States, that was my dream growing up. But my parents said that I might get shot in the head.

    • Chris: If you've never wanted to kill your mate, you've never been in love.

    • Chris: Comedy is the blues for people who can't sing.

    • Chris: Gay people got a right to be as miserable as everybody else.

    • Chris: No one goes to Hooters for wings.

    • Chris: Right now, my job is like an ambulance chaser. I've got to look for movies with white guys falling out of them.

    • Chris: Do you know what the good side of crack is? If your'e up at the right hour, you can get a VCR for $1.50. You can furnish your whole house for $10.95.

    • Chris: Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. He is such a loser, he wasn't even the star of his own Halloween special!

    • Chris: Actually I think that all addiction starts with soda. Every junkie did soda first, but no one counts that. Maybe they should. The soda connection is clear, why isn't a Presidential commission looking into this? Or at least some guys from the National Carbonation Council.

    • Chris: People want comedians to be funny. I mean I love Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but it aint a better performance than Dumb & Dumber. I can do serios role sometimes on other people's movies but not in my own. I don't want to ask my fans to come and not laugh at me. 'Hey, let's go watch Chris Rock not be funny!'

    • Chris: A man is basically as faithful as his options.

    • Chris: Who's judging American Idol? Paula Abdul? Paula Abdul judging a singing contest is like Christopher Reeve judging a dance contest!

    • Chris: Why do people do yoga? To clear their minds? I embrace the clutter in my head.

    • Chris: I had a little girl. She's a year old and she smokes now. The kids aren't going to listen to you so you gotta try reverse psychology with the kids, so I give her cigarettes and I give her crack with the hope that some day she will reject all of this.

    • Chris: You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon'.

    • Chris: Only thing I know about Africa is that it's far far away. A 35 hour flight. Imagine the boat ride. The boat ride is so long that there's still slaves on their way here!

    • Chris: If a woman tells you she's twenty and looks sixteen, she's twelve. If she tells you she's twenty-six and looks twenty-six, she's damn near forty.

    • Chris: I don't get high, but sometimes I wish I did. That way, when I messed up in life I would have an excuse. But right now there's no rehab for stupidity.

    • Chris: Jim Carrey makes $20 million a movie. I make a weird face when they tell me I have to pay $8.50 to see one.

    • Chris: They don't grade fathers, but if your daughter's a stripper, you fucked up!

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great comic.

    9.5
    Funny. Great guy.
  • Funny guy.

    7.0
    For the most part, I must say that Chris Rock is a funny guy. His jokes are usually somewhat fresh, his material is decent enough to laugh at, and his acting is good enough to be entertaining. I think I am more of Chris Rock as an actor, though. I've seen him in television shows and movies and I have to say he is entertaining enough to keep your interest. The thing that does bother me is his annoying voice. I can deal with it for a time, but when he get really loud, that's when it gets to be a problem. Overall, he's funny. Thank you.moreless
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