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Dave Chappelle

Lowest Rated:   10% Woo (1998)
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Birthplace:   Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Like future co-stars Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, and Norm MacDonald, Dave Chappelle entered the movie business via standup comedy. Born in Ohio and raised in Washington, D.C., Chappelle studied acting at D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts and honed his skills as a laid-back yet socially attuned comic in the city's clubs. After making his movie debut as one of the merry men in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), Chappelle concentrated primarily on his comedy career and appeared regularly on late night and cable television. He returned to films with small yet key parts in two summer blockbusters: as a comic who helps spoil a date for Murphy's rotund scientist in The Nutty Professor (1996) and as a manic inmate aboard the hijacked convict plane in Con Air (1997). Hitting his movie stride in 1998, Chappelle co-wrote and starred in the prison/pothead caper Half Baked (1998), played a randy schemer in Woo (1998), and revealed that he could also play it (somewhat) straight as Tom Hanks' best friend in Nora Ephron's popular romantic comedy You've Got Mail (1998). Maintaining his dual professions, Chappelle turned a cameo role as Lawrence's former criminal partner into a full-fledged supporting turn in Blue Streak (1999), co-starred with MacDonald in the ill-received Screwed (2000), and returned to Washington, D.C., and HBO with his special Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly (2000).Chappelle had better luck with his next film, the blaxploitation spoof Undercover Brother (2002). As the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D.'s terminally paranoid agent Conspiracy Brother, Chappelle was a hilariously twitchy comic highlight in the hit-or-miss satire; Undercover Brother became a small hit amid the summer blockbusters. Chappelle's cutting humor could also be heard on TV that same season, with Chappelle lending his voice as a prank caller to Comedy Central's ribald puppet "reality" show Crank Yankers (2002). His characters on that show were a hit with audiences in search of a hearty laugh, and the following year Comedy Central gave the comedian his own series - the aptly titled Chappelle's Show. Perhaps one of the most controversial series - comedy or otherwise - to hit the airwaves in recent memory, Chappelle's Show offered searing social commentary while frequently pushing the boundaries of good taste. With sketch subjects including a blind black man who - not realizing his true race - heads the Ku Klux Klan and collaborators including former Sanford and Son writer Paul Mooney, the series frequently courted controversy much to the delight of its loyal legions of fans. 2005 marked the released of the comedian's brainchild, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, which documented a free, unpublicized, all-star hip-hop concert in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% Chi-Raq
  • Morris
$2.7M 2015
No Score Yet Brave New Voices
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet High Times Greatest Hits
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet High Times Greatest Hits
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Comedy Central's Home Grown
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet I'm Rick James
  • Actor
2007
92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Producer
$11.8M 2006
No Score Yet Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Richard Pryor - I Ain't Dead Yet #%$#@!! Uncensored
  • Actor
2004
77% Undercover Brother
  • Conspiracy Brother
$38.3M 2002
13% Screwed
  • Rusty P. Hayes
2000
No Score Yet Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Open Mic
  • Actor
2000
36% Blue Streak
  • Tulley
1999
28% 200 Cigarettes
  • Disco Cabbie
1999
69% You've Got Mail
  • Kevin
1998
10% Woo
  • Lenny
1998
32% The Real Blonde
  • Zee
1998
29% Half Baked
  • Thurgood Jenkins
  • Screenwriter
1998
54% Con Air
  • Pinball
1997
64% The Nutty Professor
  • Reggie Warrington
1996
No Score Yet Getting In
  • Ron
1994
48% Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • Ahchoo
1993
No Score Yet Buddies
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2017
100% Dave Chappelle
2017
  • Actor
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2004
  • 2002

Quotes from Dave Chappelle's Characters