Funny guy, Chris Rock is a very prominent figure in Hollywood, and even people who don’t watch stand-up comedy have met him over the years in various film roles that often represent a hilarious personality that offers great comic relief. He had a great comedic career that made him a fan favorite by being voted fifth-biggest stand-up comedian when a survey was conducted by Comedy Central.
Chris Rock Biography
Chris Rock was born on 7 February 1965 as Christopher Julius Rock III. His parents Rosalie (née Tingman) and Christopher Julius Rock Jr. had their son in Andrews, South Carolina. Soon, however, they moved to Brooklyn, New York, and settled in the Crown Heights neighborhood. They then moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant working-class district. Chris Rock went to school in the mostly white districts of Brooklyn. He was so bullied and beaten by white students that he had to change schools and later left high school. Later he acquired a GED but started working as a part-time employee in various fast-food restaurants.
He started stand-up comedy in New York in 1984. His rise in comedy was slow but steady and he soon began to get small roles in movies and television (the movie I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and the series Miami Vice were some of his first works on screen). Eddie Murphy, one of Chris Rocks comedy influences, saw his number in a nightclub and made friends with him. It was Eddie Murphy, who also acted as Rock Mentor at the time, who gave Chris Rock his very first film role in Beverly Hills Cop II.
Chris Rock’s other comedy influences are Flip Wilson, Bill Cosby, and Woody Allen. His career has grown so much that he is now considered a comedy influence for comedians such as Trevor Noah and Kevin Hart. He became increasingly popular when he became a member of Saturday Night Live in the early 90s. His film credits continued to grow when he appeared in the Madagascar Film Series (2005-2012) and both Grown Ups and many other successful films. He has also worked behind the scenes as an author and director of films such as Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife, while also starring as a lead actor.
In 2005 Chris Rock developed the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, a sitcom based on his early life, which he also wrote and told. Throughout his career, Rock has received numerous awards, including four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards. He has hosted the Academy Awards twice, in 2005 and 2016.
Streaming giant Netflix announced on October 30, 2016, that they would release two Chris Rock comedy specials. The comedian was paid $40 million per special. The first was Chris Rock: Tamborine was shot at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and released on February 14, 2018.
Chris Rock Height
Chris Rock height is 5 ft 10 inches or 178 cm tall. Together with his weight of 78 kg, the actor has a very slim physique that undoubtedly made him an easy target for tyrants when he was younger. He was never a gym fan and only hired a coach once to improve his endurance and endurance as he prepared for his role in The Longest Yard in 2005.
Family – Parents, Brothers
Rock’s father Christofer Julius Rock Jr. drove trucks and delivered newspapers to support his family. His mother was a teacher and social worker who worked with the mentally handicapped. His father died in 1988 after undergoing ulcerative surgery. Her family history was presented on the PBS series – African American Lives 2. He has six living brothers, his younger brothers Tony, Kenny and Jordan are also in entertainment. His other younger brothers are Andre, Brian, and Andi. Unfortunately, his older brother Charles died in 2006 after struggling with alcoholism for a long time.
A DNA test has shown that Chris Rock is of Cameroonian descent and his great-great-grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman has been a slave for 21 years. Tingman later served in the American Civil War and was one of the colored troops of the United States.
Chris Rock Divorce – Wife, Daughters, Girlfriend
Chris Rock married Malaak Compton on 23 November 1996. His former wife, who he has since divorced, is Managing Director of Styleworks. With Styleworks, Malaak Compton-Rock offers free services for women on their way out of welfare and into the world of work. She, therefore, runs it as a non-profit, full-fledged salon. The couple had lived in Alpine, New Jersey, and welcomed two daughters together – Lola Simone, born in 2002, and Zahra Savannah, born in 2004.
Rock announced that he had filed for divorce from his wife in 2014. He admitted that he had been unfaithful in his marriage, but also that he was struggling with a porn addiction. The divorce became official on August 22, 2016.
The enigmatic comedian seemed to be out of the dating game for a while until he was paired with Megalyn Echikunwake, an actress who was sighted with him at the Pre-Grammy Awards in February 2016. Echikunwake seemed to confirm her relationship the next day when she twittered that she had spent last night with Valentine’s Day. Engagement rumors that emerged in 2016 were shot down by Echikunwake, but the couple still seems to be together.