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    • In October 2009, Morgan released his autobiography I Am the New Black, which chronicles details from his traumatic childhood up to his rise as one of the most successful comedians in show business.

    • He lives in a spacious apartment in Soho, New York City with the following pets: two Cane Corsos, Max and Sugar, a tarantula, a scorpion, a shark, an eel, a python, and a boa constrictor. (2009)

    • First diagnosed with diabetes in 1996, Tracy allowed his condition to worsen and had a 104-degree fever during filming of a 30 Rock episode. He has since taken better care of his health, injecting himself with pre-meal insulin and regularly checking his blood sugar.

    • As a child, Tracy created a stand-up routine character named Biscuit who, like him, had abandonment issues due to his dad leaving them. Doing the character acted as an outlet for his frustrations in real life.

    • His father, Jimmy Morgan Sr., was a Vietnam war veteran who had a drug habit and died of AIDS in 1987. Tracy is the second among five siblings. Jimmy Morgan, Jr., his older brother, was afflicted with cerebral palsy upon birth.

    • In 2002, Tracy wrote, produced, and starred in the one-hour television special Tracy Morgan: One Mic, where he talked about his acting profession, his family, and other interests like sports.

    • Among the songs that he performed on the show 30 Rock are "Midnight Train to Georgia", "I Will Always Love You", and "Love is a Battlefield".

    • Awards & Nominations:
      2008 (N) - Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Award, for 30 Rock, shared with castmates
      2008 (N) - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Image Awards, for 30 Rock
      2009 (W) - Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Award, for 30 Rock, shared with castmates
      2009 (N) - Best Performance - Comedy, NAMIC Vision Awards, for 30 Rock
      2009 (N) - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Image Awards, for 30 Rock
      2009 (N) - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Emmy Awards, for 30 Rock

    • Tina Fey once said that the only distinction that there is between Tracy Morgan and Tracy Jordan, the character he plays on 30 Rock, is that Jordan is mentally ill.

    • Tracy's favorite Saturday Night Live character is Astronaut Jones.

    • Among his closest friends are Chris Rock and Tina Fey, whose talents he is in awe of. Morgan performed on the Chris Rock comedy album Roll With The New.

    • In 2003, Tracy appeared in two commercials, one for Sega's ESPN NFL Football and the other for ESPN NBA Basketball for Playstation 2. He was also in the Pepsi Sierra Mist TV ad in 2006 and the DiGiorno Frozen Pizza commercial in 2007.

    • Tracy appeared in the posthumous music video "Notorious B.I.G." for the slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. in 1999.

    • Tracy was brought up in New York and admits to being a former crack dealer. He married his high school sweetheart Sabina in 1985, but they later got divorced. He has three sons, Tracy (b. 1986), Malcolm (b. 1987), and Gitrid (b. 1991).

    • Morgan is credited with his dead-on impressions of Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou, The Bailiff from Judge Judy, Tiger Woods' father, Fat Albert, Judge Greg Mathis, Mike Tyson, and Star Jones. One of his trademarks is how he says the word "hilarious".

    • Tracy began his career on the television show Martin, where he played the role of the Hustle Man, the guy from the 'hood who greeted everyone with 'What's up chief?' to sell his knock-off watches and other items he had.

    • Tracy jokes that his biggest role each week on Saturday Night Live was the guy waving in the background during the closing credits.

    • He was inspired by Andrew Dice Clay. Tracy considers Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence among his heroes in comedy and in show business.

    • He is 5' 10" tall. His tattoos include the following: a happy face and sad face on his forearm, "me, myself, and I" on his back, "Stove Top" on his penis and "Guilty True" on his chest.

  • Quotes

    • Tracy Morgan: (in a 2009 interview) I've always been voted most unlikely. Now that I'm making it, everybody's paying attention to everything I say.

    • Tracy Morgan: You want to know what happiness is? It's having something to look forward to, and I have all that stuff to look forward to. Right now, I'm just basking in the glory. I'm just enjoying my time in the spotlight.

    • Tracy Morgan: (on overcoming his alcoholism) You can do one of two things: You can be the artist that paints the picture, or you can be in the picture. Once you're in the picture, it's not funny.

    • Tracy Morgan: I don't have to wait until I'm in some comedy club, onstage with a stool and a water and a mic. I'm funny everywhere.

    • Tracy Morgan: You get somebody to crack a smile, that's a beautiful thing. So I think all comedians are earning their wings into heaven. We're all going to heaven, but everybody's not going to get their wings. Some people are just going to be regular angels. Doing cleanup, janitor work. In heaven, I'm going to sit on the couch with Oprah.

    • Tracy Morgan: (upon learning of his 2009 Emmy nomination for "30 Rock") I got a call from my manager. He said, 'Dude, dude, you're nominated!' Then I fell back asleep. I was out cold. LeBron James got into my dreams. He said I was nominated!

    • Tracy Morgan: The more politically incorrect the comedy is, the funnier it's going to be.

    • Tracy Morgan: (on growing up in the ghetto) The perception that our community is Oz, that it's The Wire, that's not how it always is in the 'hood. There's little girls jumping double-dutch, there's little boys playing skelly, opening up the Johnny pump. There's beauty there.

    • Tracy Morgan: (when asked by David Letterman what he is doing during the WGA Strike) I'm just doing karate and trying to get females pregnant.

    • (when asked if his kids let him be funny at home)
      Tracy Morgan: What do you mean "let me"? I'm Dad! I do what I want to do! I walk around buck nekkid. My kids hate it, but I walk around the house with no drawers on. I go commando in my house!

    • (on he and his wife's divorce)
      Tracy Morgan: Twenty-one years is a pretty long walk in the park with someone. So for us to come to this conclusion, it was like a death in the family.

    • Tracy Morgan: I just want to be funny, I just want to do comedy. I don't really have an opinion. Opinions are like buttholes- everybody's got one, and they all stink.

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