Happy Birthday Chris Rock!!!
47 years ago today, Christopher Julius Rock III was born in Andrews, South Carolina. Growing up in Brooklyn, at age 18 he was discovered by Eddie Murphy at New York’s Comedy Strip.
He appeared on Saturday Night Live, and soon released a number of Grammy award-winning comedy albums.
His later successes include an Emmy award-winning HBO special, and the popular sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Most importantly though, Chris made his name through the movies. Who coud ever forget his turn as the Playboy Mansion Valet in Beverly Hills Cop II??
And then of course, he co-starred in Lethal Weapon 4 with Danny Glover and Mel Gibson…!
Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about
- Rock was voted the 5th Greatest Stand-up of All Time in a Comedy Central poll.
- Both Time and Entertainment Weekly have declared Rock “the funniest man in America.”
- He hosted the MTV Video Music Awards for the first time in 1997.
- Rock hosted the Academy Awards in 2005.
- His brother, Tony, is also a popular stand-up comedian and actor.
- Rock’s older brother, Charles, a life-long drug addict and alcoholic (who Rock has talked about in his comedy), passed away in 2006.
Chris Rock will next be seen in What To Expect When You’re Expecting opposite Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.
After that Chris will be heard as the voice of Marty in the extremely successful Madagascar franchise….!
In any case Happy Birthday Chris, you ARE A LEGEND!!
Hugs and Kisses