Date of birth:
February 7, 1966
Chris Rock was born in Georgetown, South Carolina and raised in New
York's Bedford-Stuyvesant area with his five other younger siblings. His
father, a truck driver, was strict and didn't permit any disobedience.
Rock made his screen debut playing a parking valet in Beverly Hills
Cop II, but he really staked out his claim to fame on the small screen,
most notably as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and In
Living Color. A fast-talking, quick-thinking funny-man who always
seems to have an ad-lib for the moment, Rocks says: "The key is to
never stop doing stand-up. Do a special and take what fruits come from
it. Just be a comedian -- that's pretty much the plan."
In 1999 he had his own television show, The Chris Rock Show,
which earned him nominations for two Image Awards and and an Emmy for
most outstanding writing for a Variety or Music Program.
Since his stint on Beverly Hills Cop, he has had memorable roles in Boomerang
(1992), Sgt. Bilko (1996), and Beverly Hills Ninja (1997).
By 1998 he was landing lead and starring roles in a variety of hit films
including voicing Rodney the guinea pig in Dr. Dolittle, joining
the team in Lethal Weapon 4, and a bitter angel in Dogma
(1999). For the new millennium he took the lead in films like Down to
Earth and Osmosis Jones (both 2001).
Rock is married to Malaak Compton, and the couple have a daughter,
Lola, born June 28, 2002.
Chris Rock Filmography:
Head of State (2003)
Bad Company (2002)
Black Sheep (2001)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Osmosis Jones (2001) (voice)
Pootie Tang (2001)
Down to Earth (2000)
Nurse Betty (2000)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Doctor Dolittle (1998)(voice)
Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
Sgt. Bilko (1996)
The Immortals (1995)
New Jack City (1991)
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)