Chris Rock

Magazine editor, Red Lobster employee, Comedian
Chris Rock first gained attention as a cast member during the early 1990s resurgence of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), though he found more lasting success as a stand-up comic, ranking No. 5 on Comedy Central's ... Read more »
Born: 02/07/1965 in Andrews, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (187)

Broad City 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hollywood Film Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

2014 American Comedy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Saturday Night Live 1990 - 1993, 1996 - 2003, 2005 - 2009, 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

Andre (Actor)

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Grown Ups 2 2013 (Movie)

Kurt McKenzie (Actor)

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

2 Days in New York 2012 (Movie)

Mingus (Actor)

Inside Comedy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Louie 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Tosh.0 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

What To Expect When You're Expecting 2012 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Talking Funny 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Announcement 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mo'Nique Show 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Venus & Serena 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2010 MTV Movie Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Cosby: Mark Twain Prize 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Death at a Funeral 2010 (Movie)

Aaron (Actor)

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

Kurt McKenzie (Actor)

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Build the Perfect Grown Up 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 2003, 2005 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Hates Chris 1990 - 2003, 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Good Hair 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1990 - 2003, 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1990 - 2003, 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1996 - 2002, 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Martin 1990 - 2003, 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Chris Rock Show 1990 - 2003, 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 - 2003, 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

African American Lives 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Marty, Additional Zebras (Actor)

Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam 1991 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black List: Volume One 2008 (Movie)

Chris Rock (Actor)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Mooseblood (Actor)

Eddie Murphy: The Making of Delirious 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

Richard Cooper (Actor)

Jerry Seinfeld: The Comedian Award 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Legends: Rodney Dangerfield 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

2005 BET Comedy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Family Television Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Comedy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

Marty (Voice)

Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Longest Yard 2005 (Movie)

Caretaker (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Chris Rock: Never Scared 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Paparazzi 2004 (Movie)

Pizza Delivery Guy (Actor)

Pauly Shore is Dead 2004 (Movie)

Himself--Cameo (Actor)

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Commies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

Mays Gilliam (Actor)

The Bernie Mac Show 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad Company 2002 (Movie)

Jake Hayes/Kevin Pope (Actor)

Comedian 2002 (Movie)

Comedian (Actor)

Diary 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heroes of Black Comedy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Super Bowl Halftime Film 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

25 Sexiest Artists 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

of Comedian (Voice)

BET Music's Grammy Preview 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Nurse Betty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Down to Earth 2001 (Movie)

Lance Barton (Actor)

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 (Movie)

Chaka (Actor)

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Making the Super Bowl Half-Time Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Osmosis Jones 2001 (Movie)

of Osmosis Jones 'Ozzy' (Voice)

Pootie Tang 2001 (Movie)

JB (Actor)

Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXXV 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chris Rock: In Your Face 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nick News Presents Lifestory: Muhammad Ali 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

Wesley (Actor)

Russell Simmons' Oneworld Music Beat 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dogma 1999 (Movie)

Rufus (Actor)

Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gift of Song 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

of Rodney (Voice)

Elmopalooza 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

Lethal Weapon 4 1998 (Movie)

Lee Butters (Actor)

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Essence Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Ninja 1997 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

How Do You Spell God? 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

The 1996 Billboard Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Chris Rock: Bring the Pain 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)

Lt Oster (Actor)

Panther 1995 (Movie)

Drinker No 1 (Actor)

To Be a Black Man 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

CB4 1993 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Why Bother Voting? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Bony T (Actor)

First Person With Maria Shriver (12/23/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

Pookie (Actor)

Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 (Movie)

Rib Joint Customer (Actor)

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

Parking Valet (Actor)

2014 BET Awards (TV Show)

Host

Brooklyn Boheme (TV Show)

Actor

Empire (Tv Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Madagascar (TV Show)

Voice

The Immortals (TV Show)

Actor

The Jim Gaffigan Show (Tv Show)

Himself

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor

Uptown Comedy Express (TV Show)

Actor
Music (8)

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

("Afro Circus/I Like To Move It") (Song)

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

("Afro Circus/I Like To Move It") (Song Performer)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

("Afro Circus / I Like To Move It") (Song Performer)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

("Afro Circus") (Song)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

("F The Cracker") (Song)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

("All Night Long") (Lyrics)

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

("Basketball Jones") (Song Performer)

Hookers & Johns: Trick or Treat (TV Show)

Song Performer
Writer (8)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Good Hair 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Down to Earth 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

CB4 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

CB4 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (8)

Death at a Funeral 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Good Hair 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hughleys 1990 - 2003, 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Down to Earth 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pootie Tang 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

CB4 1993 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Director (4)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Chris Rock first gained attention as a cast member during the early 1990s resurgence of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), though he found more lasting success as a stand-up comic, ranking No. 5 on Comedy Central's list of the "100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time." Rock's edgy, brilliant material often dared to take on the African-American establishment, but his critiques of broader American culture and politics proved to have universal appeal. Rock teamed with HBO to produce a number of Emmy Award-nominated stand-up specials, including "Bring the Pain" (1996), and went on to host the similarly Emmy recognized late night talk offering "The Chris Rock Show" (HBO, 1997-2000). Rock brought his acclaimed stage style to hosting duties for the Academy Awards and the Video Music Awards, and added to his reputation as a strong writer by co-creating and producing the Golden Globe-nominated sitcom, "Everybody Hates Chris" (2005-09). Rock also helmed feature films including the White House comedy "Head of State" (2003) and the documentary "Good Hair" (2009), in addition to his dozens of film roles ranging from "Nurse Betty" (2000) to family entertainment blockbusters like "Dr. Dolittle" (1998), "Madagascar" (2005) and "Grown Ups" (2010). Grammy-winning comedy albums and a best-selling memoir provided further evidence that Rock was one of the strongest voices in comedy, combining substance and style in ways that appealed to both adults and children alike.

Relationships

Andre Rock

Brother

Malaak Compton

Wife
Founder and executive director of StyleWorks, a non-profit, full-service salon that provides free services for women leaving welfare and entering the workforce Married Nobermber 23, 1996 rumored to have split briefly in 1998, but reconciled again rumored in 2006 to have filed for divorce, but the couple released a statement denouncing them as "untrue rumors and lies"

Julius Rock

Father
Died in 1988 after ulcer surgery

Kenneth Rock Actor

Brother

Rosalie Rock

Mother
Worked with the mentally handicapped

Lola Rock

Daughter
Born June 28, 2002 mother is Malaak Compton

Zahra Rock

Daughter
Born May 22, 2004 mother is Malaak Compton

Charles Rock

Brother
Died in 2006 due to a long struggle with alcoholism

Tony Rock

Brother

Allen Rock

Grandfather
Was influenced by the performing style of his paternal grandfather

EDUCATION

Dropped out of high school at age 17; later earned GED

Milestones

2013

Reunited with Sandler, Spade and the crew for "Grown Ups 2"

2012

Joined ensemble cast of romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"

2012

Featured in the indie comedy "2 Days in New York"

2012

Reprised voice role of Marty the Zebra in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

2011

Made his Broadway debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis' controversial play "The Motherf*cker With the Hat"

2010

Starred in and produced the black comedy "Death at a Funeral," a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name

2010

Starred in ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," with Kevin James and former "SNL" cast members Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Rob Schneider

2008

Once again lent his voice to Marty the Zebra in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"

2008

Premiered his fifth HBO special "Kill the Messenger"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special

2007

Directed and starred in a remake of a 1970s French film "I Think I Love My Wife"

2005

Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Burt Reynolds in "The Longest Yard" remake

2005

Voiced Marty the Zebra in the animated comedy "Madagascar"

2005

Hosted the 77th Academy Awards (ABC) at the Kodak Theater (aired in February)

2005

Produced the comedy series "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN, 2005-06; CW, 2006-present); inspired by his own teenage experiences growing up in 1980s Brooklyn; show earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy Series in 2006

2003

Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2003

Feature directorial debut, "Head of State"; also starred and co-wrote

2002

Teamed with Anthony Hopkins in the action comedy "Bad Company"

2001

Lent his voice to the title character in the animated feature "Osmosis Jones"

2001

Co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in "Pootie Tang," based on a character created in one of his HBO specials

2001

First leading role in a feature, "Down to Earth"; also contributed to screenplay

2000

Co-starred with Morgan Freeman and Renee Zellweger in Neil LaBute's "Nurse Betty"

1999

Played Rufus, the hitherto unknown 13th apostle in Kevin Smith's "Dogma"

1999

Headlined second solo HBO comedy special "Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker"

1999

Again hosted the "MTV Music Video Awards" (broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House)

1998

Helped students at Howard University start a black humor magazine The Illtop Journal; also edited the first few issues

1998

Voiced the guinea pig in the remake of "Dr. Dolittle"; second collaboration with Eddie Murphy

1998

Had featured role in "Lethal Weapon 4"

1998

Executive produced the sitcom "The Hughleys" (ABC, 1998-2000; UPN, 2000)

1997

Executive produced and starred in the HBO talk show "The Chris Rock Show"; also wrote; won third Emmy Award for writing show

1997

Hosted the "MTV Music Video Awards"

1996

Began doing memorable TV commercials for 1-800-CALL-ATT

1996

Wrote, co-executive produced, and starred in the Emmy-winning "Chris Rock: Bring the Pain" (HBO); also earned Emmy Award for writing

1996

Made first appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show"

1996

Provided political convention coverage for "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" (Comedy Central); earned Emmy nomination for writing

1994

Headlined the HBO Comedy Half-Hour Special "Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes"

1993

Co-wrote, produced and starred in the feature comedy "CB4"

1993

Joined the cast of the Fox variety series "In Living Color"; appeared on nine episodes

1992

Played supporting role in the Eddie Murphy vehicle "Boomerang"

1991

Delivered key co-starring role as a crack addict in "New Jack City"

1990

Spent two seasons (1990-92) as a featured player on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); became a regular cast member for the 1992-93 season

1987

Made film debut as a parking valet in "Beverly Hills Cop II"; first collaboration with Eddie Murphy

1987

Had early TV exposure on HBO special "Uptown Comedy Express"

Began working in NYC comedy clubs when he was 17

Raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY

Bonus Trivia

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In 2007, freelance journalist and former actress Kali Bowyer filed a paternity suit against Chris Rock, claiming he was the father of her son. DNA testing proved that Rock was not the child's father.

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In 2008, Rock's family history was profiled on the PBS series "African American Lives 2." A DNA test showed that he descended from the Udeme people of northern Cameroon and that he was 20% Caucasian.

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