47 Facts About Chris Rock

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Chris Rock was ranked No 5 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.

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Chris Rock reached mainstream stardom with the critically acclaimed Bring the Pain in 1996, the second of his five HBO comedy specials.

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Chris Rock developed, wrote, produced and narrated the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, which was based on his early life.

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From 1997 to 2000 HBO aired his talk show, The Chris Rock Show, which gained critical acclaim for Rock's interviews with celebrities and politicians.

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Chris Rock was cast in starring film roles in Nurse Betty, Down to Earth, Pootie Tang, Head of State, The Longest Yard, the Madagascar film series, I Think I Love My Wife, Death at a Funeral, Grown Ups, its sequel Grown Ups 2, Top Five and Spiral .

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Chris Rock's known for his appearances in television including Louie, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Fargo.

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Chris Rock hosted the Academy Awards twice; in 2005 and 2016, and was involved in an incident on stage at the 2022 Awards.

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Chris Rock's mother, Rosalie, was a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped; his father, Julius Rock, was a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman.

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Chris Rock is the eldest of his parents' seven children, and he had an older paternal half-brother, Charles Ledell Chris Rock, who died in 2006 after suffering from alcoholism.

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10.

Chris Rock was bused to schools in predominantly white neighborhoods of Brooklyn, where he endured bullying and beatings from white students.

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Chris Rock dropped out of high school altogether, but he later earned a General Educational Development .

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12.

Chris Rock began working as a stand-up comic during 1984 in New York City's Catch a Rising Star.

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Chris Rock rose up the ranks of the comedy circuit in addition to earning bit roles in the film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and the TV series Miami Vice.

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Chris Rock was a cast member of the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1993.

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Chris Rock then wrote and starred in the low-budget comedy CB4, which made $18 million against its budget of $6 million.

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16.

Chris Rock headlined his first HBO comedy special in 1994, titled Big Ass Jokes, as part of HBO Comedy Half-Hour.

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Chris Rock won two Emmy Awards for the special and gained large critical acclaim.

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18.

Chris Rock's much-publicized role as a commentator for Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect during the 1996 Presidential elections, he earned another Emmy nomination.

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19.

Chris Rock was the voice for the "Lil Penny" puppet who was the alter ego to basketball star Penny Hardaway in a series of Nike shoe commercials from 1994 to 1998, and hosted the '97 MTV Video Music Awards.

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HBO aired his talk show, The Chris Rock Show, which gained critical acclaim for Rock's interviews with celebrities and politicians.

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21.

Chris Rock began the decade with supporting roles in such films as New Jack City as crack addict Pookie, in the Eddie Murphy comedy Boomerang, the Steve Martin comedy Sgt.

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22.

Chris Rock appeared in the Kevin Smith fantasy comedy film Dogma .

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23.

Chris Rock went on to star in films like The Longest Yard opposite Adam Sandler, and the action comedy film Bad Company opposite Anthony Hopkins.

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24.

Chris Rock started in two of the film's sequels, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted .

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25.

In 2007 Chris Rock voiced Mooseblood the Mosquito in the Jerry Seinfeld animated film, The Bee Movie.

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26.

Chris Rock was nominated for the Gotham Award for Best Documentary and for the Best Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.

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27.

Chris Rock has since stated working on a documentary about debt called Credit Is the Devil.

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28.

Chris Rock earned a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy nomination for his performance.

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29.

In 2014, Chris Rock scripted, directed and starred in the film Top Five, which critics have drawn comparison to Woody Allen's Stardust Memories .

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30.

In 2015, Rock appeared as himself in Sofia Coppola's Christmas musical special, A Very Murray Christmas starring Bill Murray.

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31.

Chris Rock appeared as himself in another Netflix film, Sandy Wexler starring Adam Sandler.

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32.

Chris Rock produced the series Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell, which premiered in August 2012.

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33.

Chris Rock was criticized for referring to the Oscars as "idiotic", and asserting that heterosexual men do not watch them, in an interview prior to Oscar night.

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34.

Chris Rock declined, stating at the ceremony that it would have accomplished little since the show would have proceeded anyway, with him simply replaced.

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35.

Chris Rock presented the award for Best Documentary Feature at the 94th Academy Awards in March 2022.

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36.

Chris Rock declined to file a report with the Los Angeles Police Department regarding the incident.

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37.

Claims that Chris Rock had apologized circulated on social media but were debunked.

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38.

Chris Rock's first music video was for his song "Your Mother's Got a Big Head" from his album Born Suspect.

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39.

Chris Rock has been an avid fan of the New York Mets baseball team since childhood.

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40.

Chris Rock complained that his team "had no money" during a 2011 interview with David Letterman.

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41.

Chris Rock said that it has led to "boring" and "unfunny" material from comedians.

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42.

Chris Rock commented that there is an existing built-in mechanism for audiences informing comedians that their content does not work, like the audience not laughing at their jokes.

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43.

Chris Rock has said that he was influenced by the performing style of his paternal grandfather, Allen Chris Rock, a preacher.

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44.

Compton-Chris Rock is the founder and executive director of StyleWorks, a non-profit, full-service hair salon that provides free services for women leaving welfare and entering the workforce.

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45.

Chris Rock admitted to infidelity in the marriage, as well as struggling with a pornography addiction.

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46.

Chris Rock has campaigned against the racial profiling of African-Americans, and often speaks of the everyday racism he experiences “despite being famous”.

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Each time Chris Rock posted a selfie of the incident, without further comment as to the reason for the stops or whether he was issued a citation.

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