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Biography

This Brooklyn-bred comic with the oversize smile was just a teen when he started doing stand-up. Stints on Saturday Night Live and (briefly) In Living Color raised his profile, but it was his HBO specials, eponymous talk show and frequent hosting gigs that turned him into a star. Rock frequently appears on the big screen, and in 2003, he branched out to write, direct and star in Head of State. By 2005, the edgy comedian was so popular that he was invited to host the Oscars. That same year, he debuted Everybody Hates Chris, a family-friendly sitcom loosely based on his upbringing. The show aired for four seasons, and though Rock didn't star on the show, he took on the roles of cocreator, executive producer and narrator. In 2009, Rock worked on Good Hair, his first documentary. Inspired by his daughters, Rock explored black America's obsession with their hair and how it relates to their cultural identity.

Fast Facts

  • The oldest of seven children, he dropped out of high school in 10th grade to pursue stand-up comedy.
  • Film debut was a small role in 1987's Beverly Hills Cop II. He was personally cast by Eddie Murphy after the star spotted Rock's act. 
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
  • Helped create the Illtop Journal, Howard University's black humor magazine. Due to a lack of funds, the magazine was canceled in 2004.
  • Did voice-over work in TV commercials for 1-800-COLLECT and Nike (as puppet Li'l Penny).
  • Author of the best-selling book Rock This!
  • Was inspired to make the 2009 documentary Good Hair after one of his daughters asked him why she didn't have "good hair."

Awards

  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Comedy Album: Winner
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1997, Grammy — Best Comedy Album: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy: Nominee
  • 2015, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Comedy Album: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Winner
  • 2010, Writers Guild Awards — Documentary Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Julius Rock — Father
  • Lola Simone Rock — Daughter
  • Rose Rock — Mother
  • Tony Rock — Brother
  • Malaak Compton-Rock — Husband (separated)
  • Zahra Savannah Rock — Daughter
  • Charles Rock — Half Brother
  • Andrea — Sister
  • Andre Rock — Brother
  • Brian Rock — Brother
  • Jordan Rock — Brother
  • Kenny Rock — Brother

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Details

  • Birth Name: Christopher Julius Rock III
  • Birth Place: Andrews, South Carolina, United States
  • Birthday: February 7, 1965, Aquarius
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director, Screenwriter

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