D.L. Hughley

Actor, Comedian, Telemarketer
Popular comedian D. L. Hughley translated his experiences and observations as a young man from South Central Los Angeles into a highly successful career as a stand-up comedian, actor, and even political commentator ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (82)

Heartbreaker 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2009, 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cloud Nine 2014 (Movie)

Tenspot (Actor)

Shackles 2014 (Movie)

Ben Carter (Actor)

Spy School 2014 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Gets the Last Laugh? 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

D.L. Hughley: Reset 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Afternoon America 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Cat Run 2011 (Movie)

Dexter (Actor)

Glory Daze 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roadkill 2010 (Movie)

Dexter (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

America United: In Support of Our Troops 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Blackjack 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

D.L. Hughley Breaks the News 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

Live at Gotham 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

Shaken Not Stirred 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The Chris Rock Show 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

BET Awards '08 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

D.L. Hughley: Unapologetic 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Comicview 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2001, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Funny Money 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Premium Blend 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Host

S.O.B.: Socially Offensive Behavior 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Host

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '06 Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Weekends at the D.L. 1998 - 2001, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Host

That's What I'm Talking About 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '05 Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

Comedy Central's Last Laugh '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

D L Hughley: Shocked & Appalled 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Soul Plane 2004 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

VH1 Big in '03 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

A Motown Christmas 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Chasing Papi 2003 (Movie)

Rodrigo (Actor)

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

John Wilson (Actor)

Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Undercover 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Icon: Janet Jackson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brothers 2001 (Movie)

Derrick West (Actor)

All-Star Bloopers 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Funniest Home Videos: Stupid Cupid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: The Original Kings of Comedy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Rack-n-Roll: Behind the Scenes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

D.L. Hughley: Going Home 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

Gadgetmobile Voice (Actor)

TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Double Rush 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Watcher 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

HBO Comedy Half-Hour: D.L. Hughley 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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One-Night Stand 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Math... Who Needs It?! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Riot (Tv Show)

Guest

Biography

Popular comedian D. L. Hughley translated his experiences and observations as a young man from South Central Los Angeles into a highly successful career as a stand-up comedian, actor, and even political commentator. After a period spent as a gang member in his teens, Hughley settled down with a steady job and family, but his true aspiration - stand-up comedy - beckoned. Success at a local open mic competition and on the hard-scrabble comedy club circuit eventually led to spots on specials like "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam" (HBO, 1992-2008). From there it was a short jump to primetime television exposure with his sitcom "The Hughleys" (ABC, 1998-2000/UPN, 2000-02). It was, however, his inclusion in the massively influential comedy documentary "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000) that officially put him and fellow funny men Bernie Mac, Steven Harvey, and Cedric the Entertainer on the pop culture map. After the success of the film, there was literally no endeavor not considered by Hughley, who earned acting credits on Aaron Sorkin's short-lived drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07), in addition to hosting his own political/topical events news program "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News" (CNN, 2008-09) and being a season 16 contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). Without a doubt, Hughley had followed his dreams from his humble beginnings to become a contemporary comedic renaissance man of stage, film, and television.

Relationships

Ladonna Hughley

Wife
Met when they worked together as telemarketers Married Feb. 22, 1986

Charles Hughley

Father
Adoptive father; D.L. did not meet his biological father until summer 1999

Audrey Hughley

Mother

Ryan Hughley

Daughter
Born 1987; mother, Ladonna Hughley

Tyler Hughley

Daughter
Born 1991; mother, Ladonna Hughley

Kyle Hughley

Son
Born 1988; mother, Ladonna Hughley

EDUCATION

expelled from high school in the 10th grade for fighting; later completed GED in 1988

Milestones

2013

Competed on 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC) with professional partner Cheryl Burke

2012

Starred in HBO comedy special " D.L. Hughley: Reset"

2009

Hosted New York-based radio program "The D.L. Hughley Morning Show"

2008

Hosted current events and talk program "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News" (CNN); also executive produced

2006

Cast in "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC) as one of the stars of a late-night sketch comedy show

2004

Starred opposite Snoop Dogg in "Soul Plane," a comedy about the maiden flight of a black-owned airline

2004

Guest hosted "The Late Late Show" (CBS) to fill in for Craig Kilborn

2003

Co-starred in genre spoof "Scary Movie 3"

2003

Voiced the Gadgetmobile in "Inspector Gadget 2"

2001

Co-starred in comedy drama feature "The Brothers"

2000

Featured alongside Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac in Spike Lee's concert film "The Original Kings of Comedy," based on successful stand-up tour

1999

Starred in own HBO comedy special "Going Home"

1998

Executive produced and starred on "The Hughleys" (ABC, 1998-2000; UPN, 2000-02), loosely based on his own experiences as a black man living in a predominantly white neighborhood

1995

Made TV series debut as regular on short-lived CBS comedy "Double Rush"

1994

Performed in highly-rated "HBO Comedy Half-Hour: D. L. Hughley"

1992

Hosted BET's stand-up series "Comicview"

1975

From age of 12 to 18, was involved with notorious Los Angeles, CA gang the Bloods (dates approximate)

Appeared on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam"

Worked the so-called 'Chitlin Circuit' performing stand-up routines

Worked as telemarketer for The Los Angeles Times

Bonus Trivia

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On "The Hughleys" potential to grab a diverse audience: "I've felt my greatest asset as a comedian was to see life clearly from my perspective. I'm good in my averageness. If I'm average in my mentality, that must mean my experience will resonate with a group of average people." – Hughley quoted in Daily News, Sept. 15, 1998

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