Chris Rock

Chris Rock

Chris Rock
Quick Facts About Christopher Rock
Celebrated Name Chris Rock
Age 59 years old
Nick Name Chris
Birth Name Christopher Julius Rock
Birth Date 1965-02-07
Gender Male
Profession Comedian
Birth Nation USA
Place of Birth Andrews, South Carolina
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed
Religion Christian
Father Christopher Julius Rock Jr.
Mother Rosalie Rock
Siblings Charles Rock, Tony Rock, Kenny Rock, Jordan Rock, Andre Rock, Brian Rock, Andi Rock
High School James Madison High School
Marital Status Married and Divorce
Girlfriend Lake Bell
Wife Malaak Compton (Ex)
Sexual Orientation Straight
Net Worth $60 million
Source of Wealth Entertainment Industry
Height 1.78 m or 5 feet and 10 inches
Weight 172 lbs or 78 kg
Body Measurement 38-13-32 in (chest-bicep and waist)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown

Chris Rock is an award-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and filmmaker who is one of the most popular comedians in the United States. He is best known for being a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" from 1990 to 1993. While at SNL, he appeared in the films "New Jack City", "Boomerang" and "CB4", which he also wrote and produced. He then came to huge fame with the critically acclaimed "Bring the Pain" in 1996, the second of his five HBO comedy specials. His other HBO comedy specials include Bigger & Blacker (1999), Never Scared (2004), Kill the Messenger (2008), and Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018). He also developed, wrote, produced, and narrated the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005-2009). From his work in films, television, and stage, he has received multiple accolades, including three Grammy Awards for best comedy album and four Primetime Emmy Awards as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination. As an actor, he was cast in Nurse Betty (1999), Down to Earth, Pootie Tang (both 2001), Head of State (2003), The Longest Yard (2005), the Madagascar film series (2005–2012), I Think I Love My Wife (2007), Death at a Funeral (2010), Grown Ups (2010), its sequel Grown Ups 2 (2013), Top Five (2014) and Spiral (2021). He made his Broadway theater debut in the 2011 Stephen Adly Guirgis play The Motherfucker with the Hat. He hosted the Academy Awards twice; in 2005 and 2016, and was involved in an incident with Will Smith on stage at the 2022 Awards.

Who is Chris Rock?

Chris Rock is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director who has been a part of shows such as Everybody Hates Chris, The Chris Rock Show, In Living Color, Saturday Night Live, Kevin Can Wait, Fargo, Empire, Real Husbands of Hollywood, King of the Hill, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He was ranked No. 5 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. He also ranked No. 5 on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time. 

Born on 7th February 1965, Chris Rock is the daughter of his father, Christopher Julius Rock Jr., and his mother Rosalie Rock. A few later, his parents moved to the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. They later relocated and settled in the working-class area of Bedford-Stuyvesant. His mum, Rosalie, was a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped while his father, Julius Rock, was a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman. Julius died in 1988 after ulcer surgery. He is the eldest of his parents seven children (six boys and one girl); Charles Rock (Older Half-Brother) (Passed away in 2006 after a long battle with alcoholism), Tony Rock (Younger Brother) (Actor and stand-up comedian), Kenny Rock (Younger Brother), Jordan Rock (Younger Brother), Andre Rock (Younger Brother), Brian Rock (Younger Brother), Andi Rock (Younger Brother). Christopher Julius Rock III is his birth name. He is from is in Andrews, South Carolina, the USA. He belongs to mixed ethnicity as he is of Cameroonian descent from the Udeme people of northern Cameroon. He celebrated his 58th birthday in 2023. 

For his education, the actor and comedian went to James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York City. However, due to the severe bullying, he endured in school, his parents pulled him out. Later, he decided to drop out of high school altogether. But he managed to clear his GED exams. He then started working menial jobs at various fast-food restaurants. 

Chris Rock, in 1984, started performing stand-up comedy in New York City's "Catch a Rising Star." He then made his film debut in the film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" and in the TV series "Miami Vice". He was a cast member of the sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" from 1990 to 1993. He and other new cast members Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, and David Spade became known as the Bad Boys of SNL. He released his first comedy album, "Born Suspect" in 1991. Next, he appeared in six episodes of the predominantly African American sketch show "In Living Color" as a special guest star. He then wrote and starred in the low-budget comedy "CB4". 

Chris headlined his first HBO comedy special in 1994, titled Big Ass Jokes, as part of "HBO Comedy Half-Hour." His second special, 1996's "Bring the Pain", made him one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful comedians in the industry. He next appeared in Bigger & Blacker in 1999, Never Scared in 2004, and Kill the Messenger in 2008. On October 30, 2016, Netflix announced that they would be releasing two new stand-up comedy specials from Rock. The first special, Chris Rock: Tamborine, was released on Netflix on February 14, 2018. On 4th March 2023, he returned to Netflix with "Chris Rock: Selective Outrage", the streamer's first-ever live event. The show streamed live from the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Moving to his acting career, Chris wrote the film "Down to Earth" (2001). He also produced and starred in the C.K.-directed film "Pootie Tang" (2001). He works as a writer and director of the political comedy "Head of State" (2003) and the marital comedy "I Think I Love My Wife" (2007). He also went on to star in films like "The Longest Yard" (2005), and the action comedy film "Bad Company" (2002). In 2009, he released his first documentary, 2009's "Good Hair". 

Some of his appearances on television include Death at a Funeral (2010), Grown Ups (2010), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), 2 Days in New York (2012), 2 Days in Paris (2007), Top Five (2014), A Very Murray Christmas (2015), Sandy Wexler (2017), The Week Of (2018),   Dolemite Is My Name (2019), and Saw franchise, Spiral (2021). 

What are the awards and achievements of Chris Rock?

Chris Rock is an award-winning comedian and actor who has won 27 awards and nominated for 120 awards for her work. His awards include:

  • 2019 - Grammy - Best Comedy Album for her work in Chris Rock: Tamborine: Nominated
  • 2017 - Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials: Nominated
  • 2016 - Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: Nominated
  • 2016 - Emmy-Outstanding Special Class Program: Nominated
  • 2015 - Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor in a Comedy: Nominated
  • 2015 - Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials: Nominated
  • 2014 - National Board of Review-Spotlight Award: Winner
  • 2010 - Writers Guild Awards-Documentary Screenplay: Nominated
  • 2009 - Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special: Winner
  • 2009 - Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominated
  • 2006 - Grammy - Best Comedy Album for her work "Chris Rock: Never Scared": Winner
  • 2004 - Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominated
  • 2004 - Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program: Nominated
  • 2001 - Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program: Nominated
  • 2001 - Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominated
  • 2000 - Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominated
  • 2000 - Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program: Nominated
  • 2000 - Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominated
  • 2000 - Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominated
  • 2000 - Grammy - Best Comedy Album for her work "Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker": Winner
  • 1999 - Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1999 - Emmy-Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominated
  • 1998 - Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: Nominated
  • 1998 - Grammy - Best Comedy Album for her work "Chris Rock: Roll with the New": Winner
  • 1997 - Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program: Nominated
  • 1997 - Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Winner

Who is Chris Rock's wife?

Chris Rock was a married man previously but he is currently reserved by his beautiful girlfriend, Lake Bell. In July 2022, Chris was rumored to be dating actress Lake Bell after they were seen together on multiple dates. On 7th July 2022, it was reported that Rock had started dating actress, screenwriter, and director Lake Bell. Today, the couple is living a happy life without any disturbances. 

Previously, Chris Rock married in 1996 to his wife,  Malaak Compton, who is the executive director and co-founder of StyleWorks. When they first met, she was working as a publicist for UNICEF. In 2002, she gave birth to a baby girl and named her Lola Simone. They welcomed their second daughter Zahra Savannah in 2004. In 2014, it was revealed that their marriage had collapsed and she had filed for divorce by the end of the year. After that, he dated Karrine Steffans (2005), Megalyn Echikunwoke (2015-2020), and Monika Zsbrita. 

How Rich is Chris Rock?

Chris Rock is a successful stand-up comedian,  actor, and filmmaker who is making a huge sum of money from his career work. His main source of wealth comes from his comedian career while his secondary source of wealth comes from the entertainment industry appearing in films, and television shows. As of 2023, Chris Rock has an estimated net worth of $60 Million. He is making an annual salary of around $5 Million from his professional career. He is living a lavish lifestyle from his career earnings. 

Chris owns twelve houses, eight cars, and three luxury yachts. He has also a cash reserve of above $20 Million in his assets. Moreover, the comedian has a $20 Million investment portfolio of more than 10 stocks. He is also fond of cars and his cars include Rolls Royce Phantom, Bugatti Veyron, Tesla Model X, and Volvo XC90, among others. He has done endorsement work for the following brands such as 1-800-COLLECT Long Distance, Nike (Voiceover), Beats Pills (2013), and Netflix (2017).  In 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Rock secured a whopping $40 million for his two specials, Chris Rock: Tambouring and Chris Rock: Selective Outrage the latter of which dropped on Netflix on March 4, 2023. 

How tall is Chris Rock?

Chris Rock is a handsome actor who stands tall at the height of 1.78 m or 5 feet and 10 inches. He has a body weight of 172 lbs or 78 kg. His body type is slim. He has a chest size of 38 inches, biceps of size 13 inches, and a waist size of 32 inches. He has dark brown eyes and his hair color is black. He has a high-pitched voice. He has a short-cropped hairdo. He isn’t a big fan of hitting the gym and working out. In 2005, he did hire a personal trainer to prepare for his role in the movie, "The Longest Yard". He has got a healthy body with an attractive personality. 

5 Facts About Chris Rock

1. Chris learned to swim at 55 and also got his first tattoo at the same age

Chris Rock, the famous comedian, revealed that he had learned how to swim at the age of 55. Despite his success and fame, he had never learned this essential life skill. However, he did not let his age deter him from acquiring this new skill. Instead, he proved that it is never too late to learn something new and to challenge oneself, no matter how old one may be. His determination to learn how to swim serves as an inspiration for people of all ages to step out of their comfort zones and pursue their goals. In addition to learning how to swim, Chris Rock also got his first tattoo at the age of 55. This stated that he is not afraid to try new things, even at an age when many people may feel that they are too old to experiment with their appearance. By getting his first tattoo, he is showing that one should never let age limit their ability to express themselves or try new things. Chris Rock's decision to get a tattoo at his age proves that one is never too old to make changes and take risks in life.

2. Chris Rock's memoir and two original comedy albums are great contributions to his success

Chris Rock has a prolific career in the entertainment industry. Among his many accomplishments, he has released two original comedy albums that are lesser known but no less impressive. His first album, "Born Suspect", was recorded in Atlanta in 1991 and showcases his early comedic style and delivery. Despite being relatively unknown at the time, the album received critical acclaim and set the stage for Rock's future success. His second album, "Roll With the New", was released in 1997 and won a Grammy Award the following year. This album further solidified his position as a comedic genius and cemented his legacy in the world of comedy. The album showcases Rock's unique perspective on politics, race, and society, and demonstrates his ability to tackle controversial topics with wit and humor. Further, Chris Rock also released a memoir in 1997 titled "Rock This!" The book offers an intimate look into Rock's personal life and his rise to fame in the entertainment industry. It provides insight into his upbringing, his comedic influences, and the challenges he faced along the way. For fans of Rock's work, Rock This! is a must-read as it provides a deeper understanding of the man behind the laughs.

3. Chris Rock was named the funniest man by EW

Chris has been widely recognized as one of the funniest comedians in America. In 2004, he was given the title of "Funniest Man in America" by Entertainment Weekly, cementing his place as a comedic icon. Rock's unique style of humor, which often touches on controversial topics, has resonated with audiences across the country and has solidified his position as a trailblazer in the world of comedy. In addition to being named the "Funniest Man in America," Rock has also been honored for his contributions to the film industry. In 2003, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his outstanding work in movies. This recognition is a testament to Rock's talent and versatility as an actor, as well as his ability to connect with audiences through his performances. With these accolades, Rock has cemented his legacy as a multi-talented entertainer and a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.

4. Chris struggles with social cues and non-verbal communication due to his Non-Verbal Learning Disorder

Chris Rock has faced his share of personal challenges throughout his life. In 2020, he opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about a particularly difficult obstacle he had been facing: a diagnosis of non-verbal learning disorder. This disorder can impact an individual's ability to interpret social cues and understand non-verbal communication, which can make it difficult to navigate social situations and relationships. Despite the challenges he has faced, Rock has been proactive in seeking help and undergoing therapy to better manage his condition. By sharing his story with the public, he has helped to raise awareness about non-verbal learning disorders and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Rock's openness and honesty serve as an inspiration to others who may be struggling with similar challenges and encourage them to seek the help and support they need.

5. Chris Rock credits his parents, Mother Rosalie and Julius Rock, for his strong work ethic.

Chris comes from humble beginnings. His parents, Mother Rosalie and Julius Rock played a significant role in shaping the person he is today. Rosalie worked as a teacher and social worker, and her commitment to education and community service inspired her son's interest in social issues. Julius, who passed away in 1989, drove a newspaper delivery truck, and his strong work ethic served as a model for Chris Rock as he pursued his own career. Despite the challenges that he has faced throughout his life, he has consistently credited his parents for instilling in him the values of hard work and dedication. Their influence can be seen in his tireless work ethic and commitment to excellence.