Dave Chappelle

Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
Without a doubt one of the most gifted comics of his generation, Dave Chappelle emerged from the stand-up comedy circuit to become a noted performer on several HBO specials and as a guest star on sitcoms like "Home ... Read more »
Born: 08/23/1973 in Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

African American Lives 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

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

Actor

Chappelle's Show 2002 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central's Last Laugh '05 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Iconoclasts 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 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

Home Improvement 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Ride With Funkmaster Flex 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Commies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Wanda At Large 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crank Yankers 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

Conspiracy Brother (Actor)

Later 1993 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Open Mic 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Screwed 2000 (Movie)

Rusty P Hayes (Actor)

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

Disco Cabbie (Actor)

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

Tulley (Actor)

Canned Ham: Half-Baked 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Dave Chappelle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Baked 1998 (Movie)

Thurgood Jenkins/Sir Smoka Lot (Actor)

Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

Zee (Actor)

Woo 1998 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Kevin Scanlon (Actor)

Comics Come Home 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Pinball (Actor)

Buddies 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe's Apartment 1996 (Movie)

Cockroach (Actor)

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

Reggie Warrington (Actor)

Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting In 1994 (Movie)

Rom (Actor)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

Ahchoo (Actor)

Six Comics in Search of a Generation 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Ozzie (Actor)

Why Bother Voting? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Half Baked 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Round Midnight") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Without a doubt one of the most gifted comics of his generation, Dave Chappelle emerged from the stand-up comedy circuit to become a noted performer on several HBO specials and as a guest star on sitcoms like "Home Improvement" (ABC, 1991-99). Following small but memorable roles in movies like "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993), "The Nutty Professor" (1996) and "Con Air" (1997), Chappelle earned both acclaim and a huge following from his groundbreaking program, "Chappelle's Show" (Comedy Central, 2003-06). Chappelle's sketch series became a cultural phenomenon during its short run, thanks to unforgettable and hilarious sketches like Black Bush, a blind white supremacist who was actually black, and his parody of both Lil' Jon and pop icon Rick James, whose catchphrase, "I'm Rick James, Bitch!" entered the cultural zeitgeist. Despite the show's enormous popularity, Chappelle cracked under the pressure of stressful conditions and loss of creative control, leading to his abrupt departure at the start of the third season. After a brief departure from the public spotlight, he returned to his first love, stand-up, where Chappelle continued to prove his dominance while still maintaining his large and loyal fan base.

Relationships

William Chappelle

Father
born c. 1938 divorced from Chappelle's mother in 1978

Yvonne Chappelle

Mother
born c. 1938 divorced from Chappelle's father in 1978

Sulayman Chappelle

Son
born c. 2001

EDUCATION

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Washington , Washington D.C.

Milestones

2006

Produced a mix of his sketch comedy and musical interludes for the documentary/musical "Dave Chappelle's Block Party," which was inspired by the 1973 documentary Wattstax

2004

Signed a new deal to continue his show on Comedy Central, reportedly worth 50 million dollars to continue hosting for two more seasons; deal fell through when Chapplle left production in the third season with no plans to return

2003

Host and writer of the sketch-comedy show "Chappelle's Show" aired on comedy central; left during production of the third season

2002

Co-starred with Eddie Griffin and Chris Kattan in the comedy "Undercover Brother"

2000

Co-executive produced, co-wrote and starred in the HBO special "Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly"

1999

Played the seemingly only cab driver in NYC in "200 Cigarettes"

1999

Cast as Martin Lawrence's homeboy buddy in "Blue Streak"

1998

Co-starred in "You've Got Mail"

1998

Acted in and co-wrote the film comedy "Half-Baked", about a group of stoners

1997

Co-starred in "Con Air"

1997

Signed production deal with Fox for sitcom

1996

Had breakthrough film role in "The Nutty Professor"

1996

Signed $1 million deal with Disney to develop projects through his Pilot Boy Productions

1996

Co-starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Buddies"

1994

Was reported the youngest comic to appear on an HBO "Comic Relief" special

1993

Film debut in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"

1992

Appeared on "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam" (HBO)

1989

Booed at his debut at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem

1988

At age 14, began working as a stand-up comic in clubs in Washington, DC (date approximate)

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources give his birth year as 1973.

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"At first, I didn't realize comedians had 'material'. I just got up there and talked about what happened to me that day. Then I noticed other guys kept repeating themselves, 'Hey! You said that last week!' I caught on pretty fast. Pretty soon I had an 'act', though my stuff continued to be very improvisational."---Dave Chappelle

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"Whatever the scene is, he embellishes it and makes it better. He's going to be a big star."---Producer Jerry Bruckheimer to Us, July 1997.

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"Dave Chappelle is one of the great young talents in the comedy world."---former Disney executive Dean Valentine to New York Post, July 8, 1996.

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"I'm working on another sitcom, but this time I'm co-creating it. Hopefully, this will do better than 'Buddies'. If it doesn't, at least I'll like the show. I'll be able to sleep at night, knowing I didn't put another bad black show on the air."---Dave Chappelle in Us, July 1997.

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"I figured, let me just cut myself off from everybody, take a minute and pull a Flintstone, stop a speeding car by using my bare feet as brakes."---Dave Chappelle, on his recent retreat from the pressures of Hollywood in People, May 17, 2005.

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The Press announced that Dave Chappelle checked himself into a mental health facility on April 28, 2005 in South Africa; Chappelle denied the claim, saying he was staying in Durban, South Africa, with his friend for what he calls a 'spiritual retreat'; Chappelle did confirm, he was having a hard time living up to the pressures of his own fame, specifically, the pressure of making the third season of "Chappelle's Show"

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Chappelle appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in February 2006 and explained why he left his show months after signing a $50 million deal for its third and fourth seasons, citing that he felt manipulated by the people around him. "I felt in a lot of instances I was deliberately being put through stress because when you're a guy who generates money, people have a vested interest in controlling you"

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"I want to tell jokes. I want to have time with my children. I want to entertain people. And at one point, I'll walk away from show business. But I don't want to walk away empty-handed."---Chappelle quoted in Esquire, May 2006.

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On July 5, 2010, Chappelle forced a private plane to make an emergency landing after he reportedly refused safety warnings to fasten his seatbelt.The flight was scheduled to land in Ohio, but instead landed in Pittsburgh.

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