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Chris Rock biography: 13 things about comedian born in Andrews, South Carolina

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Professionally known as Chris Rock, Christopher Julius Rock is a stand-up comedian, an actor, a writer, a producer and a film director born in Andrews, South Carolina, United States to Julius Rock and Rosalie “Rose” Tingman Rock. Julius was a truck driver and a newspaper delivery man while Rosalie was a teacher and a social worker.

Shortly after Chris’s birth, his family moved from Andrews to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Chris attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn but his parents pulled him out because he was bullied in school.

In 1988, Julius died after ulcer surgery. Charles Ledell Rock, who is Julius’s son from a previous relationship, died in 2006 after suffering from alcoholism.

Chris is the oldest of Julius and Rose’s seven children. Here are 13 more things about Chris:

  1. In 1984, he started working as a stand-up coming in Catch a Rising Star, a chain of comedy clubs founded in New York City.
  2. He starred in “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993 and “In Living Color” from 1993 to 1994. In 1995, he played Maurice and Jasmine in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air“, which starred Will Smith. He starred in “The Moxy Show” from 1996 to 1998 and in “The Chris Rock Show” from 1997 to 2000.
  3. In 1991, Atlantic Records released his first comedy album. DreamWorks Records released his second comedy album “Roll with the New” in 1997 and his third comedy album “Bigger and Blacker” in 1999. In 2004, DreamWorks Records and Geffen Records released his fourth comedy album “Never Scared.” The second, third and fourth albums won Best Comedy Album at the Grammy Awards in 1998, 2000 and 2006, respectively.
  4. On November 23, 1996, he married Malaak Compton-Rock. She gave birth to their daughters Lola Simone Rock in 2002 and Zahra Savannah Rock in 2004. The family lived in Alpine, New Jersey, USA. In December 2014, he filed for divorce from Compton-Rock, which was finalized on August 22, 2016.
  5. For his role in the 1998 film “Lethal Weapon 4“, he won the Favorite Supporting Actor – Action/Adventure award at the 1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. He executive produced “The Hughleys” from 1998 to 2002, “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” from 2012 to 2013 and “The Rundown with Robin Thede” from 2017 to 2018.
  6. For his role in the 2005 film “The Longest Yard“, he was named the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Theatrical Film at the 2005 Black Entertainment Television Awards. From 2005 to 2009, he starred in “Everybody Hates Chris“, which won Best International Comedy TV Show at the 2006 British Comedy Awards, Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2006 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards and Top TV Program of the Year at the 2007 American Film Institute Awards.
  7. For voicing Marty in “Madagascar” in 2005, he won Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie at the 2006 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. He voiced the character again in “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” in 2008, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” in 2012 and “Madly Madagascar“.
  8. When his family history was profiled on the PBS series “African American Lives 2” in 2008, it was revealed that he is of Cameroonian descent. He co-wrote and narrated the 2009 documentary film “Good Hair“, which won Outstanding Documentary at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards.
  9. He starred in the 2014 film “Top Five“, which he wrote and directed. The film won the Hollywood Comedy Film Award at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards and Best Screenplay at the 2015 Black Reel Awards.
  10. When he hosted the 88th Academy Awards on February 28, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, he joked about Smith and Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting over #OscarsSoWhite. When he presented an award at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022, he joked about Jada’s shaved head with a reference to “G.I. Jane” so Will walked onstage and slapped him.
  11. In 2018, Netflix released his fifth comedy album “Tamborine.” On November 16, 2018, he left a comment saying “Wow. You have a very understanding wife” on an Instagram birthday tribute Will posted for Will’s ex-wife Sheree Zampino.
  12. On August 20, 2019, he and several other celebrities invested in a funding round for Lowell Herb Co, a cannabis brand based in California, USA.
  13. On September 18, 2020, he publicly revealed that he was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disorder. On September 19, 2021, he took Twitter to announce that he had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
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