Chris Tucker

Comedian, Actor, Producer
Well-known for his trademark rapid-fire wisecracks, actor-comedian Chris Tucker broke into movies in the mid-1990s, following a successful career in stand-up. After his scene-stealing turn in director F. Gary Gray's ... Read more »
Born: 08/30/1972 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

BET Awards 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

The BET Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

Dectective James Carter (Actor)

The 2007 MTV Movie Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

African American Lives 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

America Beyond the Color Line 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comic Rush With Chris Tucker 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Chan 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Rush Hour 2 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

Detective James Carter (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Rush Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

Detective James Carter (Actor)

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

Actor

Jackie Brown 1997 (Movie)

Beaumont Livingston (Actor)

Money Talks 1997 (Movie)

Franklin Hatchett (Actor)

The Fifth Element 1997 (Movie)

Ruby Rhod (Actor)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

Skip (Actor)

Friday 1995 (Movie)

Smokey (Actor)

Panther 1995 (Movie)

Bodyguard (Actor)

House Party 3 1994 (Movie)

Johnny Booze (Actor)

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra (Movie)

George Jacobs (Actor)

United We Stand (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

("Closer I Get To You") (Song Performer)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

("Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Money Talks 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Well-known for his trademark rapid-fire wisecracks, actor-comedian Chris Tucker broke into movies in the mid-1990s, following a successful career in stand-up. After his scene-stealing turn in director F. Gary Gray's 1995 cult comedy hit "Friday," Tucker took on the role of his career as Jackie Chan's comic foil and high-pitched partner in the action-comedy, "Rush Hour" (1998). Thanks to the worldwide success of "Rush Hour," Tucker became the fastest actor ever to make Hollywood's elite "$20 Million Club" - the princely sum he received for appearing in the 2001 sequel. Despite racking up a prolific flurry of credits at the start of his career, Tucker's output slowed to a trickle by the early 2000s, limiting his film roles strictly to the "Rush Hour" franchise. Nevertheless, the comedian's star power remained significant enough to once again command a $20 million payday for the inevitable sequel, "Rush Hour 3" (2007). Tucker laid low following its modest success for a couple of years, but reemerged in 2011 to reignite his stand-up career, reminding fans of what he had always done best.

Relationships

Darryl Jones

Brother

Azja Pryor Casting Assistant

Companion

Tammye Stocks

Sister

Lacretia Tarver

Sister

Norris Tucker

Father
Owned a janitorial service

Mary Tucker

Mother
Involved in the church

Destin Tucker

Son
Born September 1998; mother, Azja Pryor

Norris Tucker

Brother

Dexter Tucker

Brother

Milestones

2012

Returned to features with supporting role as a mental patient in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"

2007

Returned to the screen after a six year hiatus to once again co-star with Jackie Chan for "Rush Hour 3"

2001

Reprised role in sequel "Rush Hour 2"

1998

Teamed with martial artist Jackie Chan for the box-office hit "Rush Hour"

1997

Stole the show from Bruce Willis with his gender-bending turn as Ruby Rhod, a flamboyant 23rd-century talk-show host in Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element"

1997

Teamed up with Charlie Sheen as Eddie Murphy-esque hustler Franklin Hatchett in "Money Talks"; also executive produced

1995

Starred opposite Ice Cube in the surprise hit "Friday"

1995

Filmed memorable death scene in "Dead Presidents" (overdosed on heroin while watching a vintage "Soul Train" telecast)

1993

Made feature debut as Johnny Booze in "House Party 3"

1992

Made network TV debut as a rapper on ABC sitcom "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper"

1992

Stand-up work on TV's "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy All-Star Jam" (HBO) landed him his first feature (date approximate)

Left Atlanta to move to L.A.

Grew up in Decatur, GA

Bonus Trivia

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"Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones were talking at a table and I peeked around and got in this dope*ss picture with them. But I didn't get to talk to them. I don't know why, when m*fos get that rich, they gotta be all...I hope I don't ever get that rich and crazy." – Tucker to Premiere, September 1997

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In summer 2002, Tucker went with U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and rocker Bono on a tour of foreign aid projects in Africa. Later that year, he joined Kevin Spacey and former President Bill Clinton on a five-day tour of Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, and South Africa to help fight AIDS and to encourage economic development in Africa.

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"I hadn't planned to be away this long, but nothing came by that sparked my interest. I know people wonder. They say, 'What is he doing? Why is he just doing 'Rush Hours?' It wasn't on purpose. But I have a long career ahead of me." – Tucker on his six year hiatus from films, to Playboy magazine, July 2007

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On July 27, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service filed documents with the L.A. County Recorder's Office, saying Tucker allegedly owed $11,571,909.26 in federal taxes for the years 2001, 2002, and 2004 through 2006. The State of California also filed a lien against the actor for allegedly not paying $3,594,409 in state taxes over the same time span.

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In October 2011, foreclosure papers were filed in Circuit Court in Lake County, FL by SunTrust Bank to repossess Tucker's 10,000 sq. foot waterfront home on Lake Apopka. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the actor owed the bank more than $4.4 million.

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