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Chris Rock

Lowest Rated:   7% Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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Birthplace:   Andrews, South Carolina, USA
South Carolina-born African American comedian Chris Rock grew up in Brooklyn and projected a marked aptitude for comedy early in life. Rock traveled the New York club circuit during his adolescence, so aggressively and persistently that he established himself as a seasoned veteran by his late teens. He happened to be performing at the New York Comedy Strip c. 1984, when his break arrived in the form of an audience visit by one Eddie Murphy. Deeply impressed with the then eighteen-year-old rising star, Murphy cast him in his forthcoming Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), as a parking valet. It hardly constituted a breakout performance, but the role and newfound connection with Eddie Murphy helped Rock land a couple of small supporting roles, and eventually a spot on NBC's hallowed Saturday Night Live, from 1990-93. During his SNL stint, Rock also periodically guest-starred in fellow comedian Keenan Ivory Wayans' African American sketch comedy series In Living Color. In 1991, Rock broke from comedy in favor of a more dramatic role, and his performance as a surprisingly innocent crack addict-cum-informant in Mario Van Peebles' New Jack City attracted a substantial amount of favorable attention; Roger Ebert praised Rock as "effortlessly authentic and convincing."One could argue with some foundation that the role in New Jack City is indicative of Rock's driving force (i.e., the politics of modern society and race within the contextual framework of American culture). Although Rock employs comedic delivery, many of his favorite topics are quite grave, and Rock's ability to confront these issues, cloaked in ribald humor, helped launch his career during the late '90s. While his 1993 screenwriting debut, on Tamra Davis's CB4: The Movie, received lukewarm reviews at best, Rock established himself as a household name after his scathing HBO comedy special Bring the Pain (1996) earned him two Emmy awards and a significantly larger fan base. The same year, he received a third Emmy for his work as a writer and correspondent for Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. Then, in 1997, the successes of Rock's stand-up, his contributions to Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, his film roleass, and his work on Bring the Pain collectively inspired HBO to sign Rock for a sketch comedy series, The Chris Rock Show, that ran from 1997 to 2000. The program borrowed the formats of Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, yet it upped the vulgarity, volatility, and presence of hot-button contemporary issues - in addition to the intelligence. In addition to Rock, the program featured a cast of up-and-coming African American comics, such as Wanda Sykes and Mario Joyner. The program ran to sensational reviews. Rock's film career expanded throughout the late '90s, and the young comic won particular notice for his role as a hot-headed law enforcement agent in 1998's Lethal Weapon 4 opposite Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, and later for Kevin Smith's irreverent Dogma(1999), as a bitter apostle of Jesus. He also published a book titled Rock This! with much success. Though Dogma received mixed reviews, in 1999 Rock mounted his second HBO comedy special, Bigger & Blacker, which found the comedian addressing topics from gun control to Bill Clinton and proper parenting techniques. In late 2000, Rock played an obnoxious hitman equipped with an incredibly inventive string of obscenities in Neil La Bute's controversial black comedy Nurse Betty, alongside Renee Zellweger and Morgan Freeman.In 2001, Rock put his screenwriting abilities to the test in Down to Earth, a remake of 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan, and again in Pootie Tang, a feature spin-off of one of the characters from The Chris Rock Show. In 2001, Rock voiced one of the characters in Steven Spielberg's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and another in Osmosis Jones, and rejoined Kevin Smith for a cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. In 2002, Rock was one of several comedians featured in Christian Ch

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Madagascar 4
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet The Week Of
  • Actor
2018
87% Dying Laughing
  • Actor
2017
78% A Very Murray Christmas
  • Actor
2015
52% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
86% Top Five
  • Director
  • Andre Allen
  • Screenwriter
$17.1M 2014
64% 12-12-12
  • Actor
2013
64% Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp
  • Actor
2013
7% Grown Ups 2
  • Kurt McKenzie
$127.5M 2013
No Score Yet Brooklyn Boheme
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Madly Madagascar
  • Marty
2013
65% 2 Days in New York
  • Mingus
$0.6M 2012
79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
  • Marty
$216.4M 2012
22% What to Expect When You're Expecting
  • Vic
$41.2M 2012
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Bring Your 'A' Game
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Tumor, It's In The System
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Talking Funny
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks Holiday Classics
  • Actor
2011
95% Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Actor
2011
10% Grown Ups
  • Kurt McKenzie
$162.1M 2010
42% Death at a Funeral
  • Producer
  • Aaron
$16.1M 2010
No Score Yet Merry Madagascar
  • Actor
2009
95% Good Hair
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$4.1M 2009
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh
  • Actor
2009
64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Marty
$180M 2008
No Score Yet Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger - London, New York, Johannesburg
  • Actor
2008
38% You Don't Mess With the Zohan
  • Cabdriver
$100.1M 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Black List: Volume One
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
51% Bee Movie
  • Mooseblood
$126.6M 2007
No Score Yet Black Men: The Truth
  • Actor
2007
18% I Think I Love My Wife
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Richard Cooper
  • Director
$12.5M 2007
No Score Yet African American Lives 2
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet African American Lives
  • Actor
2006
31% The Longest Yard
  • Caretaker
$157.9M 2005
55% Madagascar
  • Marty
$193.2M 2005
18% Paparazzi
  • Pizza Delivery Guy
$15.6M 2004
No Score Yet The N-Word
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Chris Rock: Never Scared
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Richard Pryor - I Ain't Dead Yet #%$#@!! Uncensored
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Straight Tripping
  • Actor
2003
31% Head of State
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Mays Gilliam
  • Producer
$37.8M 2003
57% Pauly Shore Is Dead
  • Himself
2003
76% Comedian
  • Himself
$2.7M 2002
10% Bad Company
  • Jake Hayes/Kevin Pope
$30.2M 2002
53% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Chaka Luther King
$29.9M 2001
55% Osmosis Jones
  • Osmosis Jones
$12.4M 2001
29% Pootie Tang
  • Producer
  • Pootie's Father
$2.9M 2001
20% Down to Earth
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Lance Barton
$63.1M 2001
84% Nurse Betty
  • Wesley
2000
67% Dogma
  • Rufus
1999
No Score Yet Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Game Show Parodies
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Best of Chris Rock
  • Actor
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock
  • Actor
1999
52% Lethal Weapon 4
  • Lee Butters
1998
43% Dr. Dolittle
  • Rodney
1998
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Elmopalooza!
  • Actor
1998
14% Beverly Hills Ninja
  • Joey
1997
No Score Yet Chris Rock: Bring the Pain
  • Actor
1996
32% Sgt. Bilko
  • Lt. Oster
1996
No Score Yet The Immortals
  • Deke Anthony
1995
27% Panther
  • Drinker No. 1
1995
No Score Yet Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes
  • Actor
1994
55% So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • Actor
1993
33% Coneheads
  • Actor
1993
52% CB4
  • Albert
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1993
40% Boomerang
  • Bony T
1992
76% New Jack City
  • Pookie
1991
No Score Yet Uptown Comedy Express
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen
  • Actor
1988
63% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • Rib Joint Customer
1988
46% Beverly Hills Cop II
  • Playboy Mansion Valet
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
86% Empire
2015
  • Frank Gathers
  • 2015
79% The Jim Gaffigan Show
2015-2016
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2014
  • 2005
  • 1996
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Real Husbands of Hollywood
2013
  • Actor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
  • Guest
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Himself
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • Panelist
  • 2010
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
  • Himself
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Maurice/Jasmine Maurice Perry
  • 1995

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