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Also Known As: Christopher Julius Rock Iii Died:
Born: February 7, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Andrews, South Carolina, USA Profession: actor, comedian, TV host, director, screenwriter, producer, Red Lobster employee, magazine editor

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Chris Rock first gained attention as a cast member during the early 1990s resurgence of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), though he found more lasting success as a stand-up comic, ranking No. 5 on Comedy Central's list of the "100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time." Rock's edgy, brilliant material often dared to take on the African-American establishment, but his critiques of broader American culture and politics proved to have universal appeal. Rock teamed with HBO to produce a number of Emmy Award-nominated stand-up specials, including "Bring the Pain" (1996), and went on to host the similarly Emmy recognized late night talk offering "The Chris Rock Show" (HBO, 1997-2000). Rock brought his acclaimed stage style to hosting duties for the Academy Awards and the Video Music Awards, and added to his reputation as a strong writer by co-creating and producing the Golden Globe-nominated sitcom, "Everybody Hates Chris" (2005-09). Rock also helmed feature films including the White House comedy "Head of State" (2003) and the documentary "Good Hair" (2009), in addition to his dozens of film roles ranging from "Nurse Betty" (2000) to family entertainment blockbusters like "Dr. Dolittle" (1998), "Madagascar"...

Chris Rock first gained attention as a cast member during the early 1990s resurgence of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), though he found more lasting success as a stand-up comic, ranking No. 5 on Comedy Central's list of the "100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time." Rock's edgy, brilliant material often dared to take on the African-American establishment, but his critiques of broader American culture and politics proved to have universal appeal. Rock teamed with HBO to produce a number of Emmy Award-nominated stand-up specials, including "Bring the Pain" (1996), and went on to host the similarly Emmy recognized late night talk offering "The Chris Rock Show" (HBO, 1997-2000). Rock brought his acclaimed stage style to hosting duties for the Academy Awards and the Video Music Awards, and added to his reputation as a strong writer by co-creating and producing the Golden Globe-nominated sitcom, "Everybody Hates Chris" (2005-09). Rock also helmed feature films including the White House comedy "Head of State" (2003) and the documentary "Good Hair" (2009), in addition to his dozens of film roles ranging from "Nurse Betty" (2000) to family entertainment blockbusters like "Dr. Dolittle" (1998), "Madagascar" (2005) and "Grown Ups" (2010). Grammy-winning comedy albums and a best-selling memoir provided further evidence that Rock was one of the strongest voices in comedy, combining substance and style in ways that appealed to both adults and children alike.

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  Head of State (2003) Director

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 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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 Venus & Serena (2013)
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 Grown Ups (2010)
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 Good Hair (2009)
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Raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY
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Began working in NYC comedy clubs when he was 17
1987:
Had early TV exposure on HBO special "Uptown Comedy Express"
1987:
Made film debut as a parking valet in "Beverly Hills Cop II"; first collaboration with Eddie Murphy
1990:
Spent two seasons (1990-92) as a featured player on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); became a regular cast member for the 1992-93 season
1991:
Delivered key co-starring role as a crack addict in "New Jack City"
1992:
Played supporting role in the Eddie Murphy vehicle "Boomerang"
1993:
Joined the cast of the Fox variety series "In Living Color"; appeared on nine episodes
1993:
Co-wrote, produced and starred in the feature comedy "CB4"
1994:
Headlined the HBO Comedy Half-Hour Special "Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes"
1996:
Made first appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show"
1996:
Began doing memorable TV commercials for 1-800-CALL-ATT
1996:
Wrote, co-executive produced, and starred in the Emmy-winning "Chris Rock: Bring the Pain" (HBO); also earned Emmy Award for writing
1996:
Provided political convention coverage for "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" (Comedy Central); earned Emmy nomination for writing
1997:
Executive produced and starred in the HBO talk show "The Chris Rock Show"; also wrote; won third Emmy Award for writing show
1997:
Hosted the "MTV Music Video Awards"
1998:
Had featured role in "Lethal Weapon 4"
1998:
Executive produced the sitcom "The Hughleys" (ABC, 1998-2000; UPN, 2000)
1998:
Helped students at Howard University start a black humor magazine <i>The Illtop Journal</i>; also edited the first few issues
1998:
Voiced the guinea pig in the remake of "Dr. Dolittle"; second collaboration with Eddie Murphy
1999:
Headlined second solo HBO comedy special "Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker"
1999:
Again hosted the "MTV Music Video Awards" (broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House)
1999:
Played Rufus, the hitherto unknown 13th apostle in Kevin Smith's "Dogma"
2000:
Co-starred with Morgan Freeman and Renee Zellweger in Neil LaBute's "Nurse Betty"
2001:
First leading role in a feature, "Down to Earth"; also contributed to screenplay
2001:
Lent his voice to the title character in the animated feature "Osmosis Jones"
2001:
Co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in "Pootie Tang," based on a character created in one of his HBO specials
2002:
Teamed with Anthony Hopkins in the action comedy "Bad Company"
2003:
Feature directorial debut, "Head of State"; also starred and co-wrote
2003:
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2005:
Hosted the 77th Academy Awards (ABC) at the Kodak Theater (aired in February)
2005:
Produced the comedy series "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN, 2005-06; CW, 2006-present); inspired by his own teenage experiences growing up in 1980s Brooklyn; show earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy Series in 2006
2005:
Voiced Marty the Zebra in the animated comedy "Madagascar"
2005:
Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Burt Reynolds in "The Longest Yard" remake
2007:
Directed and starred in a remake of a 1970s French film "I Think I Love My Wife"
2008:
Premiered his fifth HBO special "Kill the Messenger"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
2008:
Once again lent his voice to Marty the Zebra in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"
2010:
Starred in and produced the black comedy "Death at a Funeral," a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name
2010:
Starred in ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," with Kevin James and former "SNL" cast members Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Rob Schneider
2011:
Made his Broadway debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis' controversial play "The Motherf*cker With the Hat"
2012:
Joined ensemble cast of romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
2012:
Reprised voice role of Marty the Zebra in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
2012:
Featured in the indie comedy "2 Days in New York"
2013:
Reunited with Sandler, Spade and the crew for "Grown Ups 2"
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Notes

"Comedy's not dying. It's just that the funniest people in the world don't do stand-up anymore. Eddie's not getting onstage. Whoopi's not getting onstage. Robin's not getting onstage . . . Billy Crystal, Michael Keaton, Jim Carrey. These are the funniest guys in the world." --Chris Rock in Time Out New York, April 10, 1997.

"Hey, the stuff I do--even black people vs. niggas--that's not just a black thing. Every ethnic group has that breakdown within it. I'm black. But I've got Italian friends who will say 'guinea' in a minute." --Rock in Time Out New York, April 10, 1997.

"I am so much more like Kinison than anyone else. Sam was the baddest man on the planet for a minute. I miss Sam more than anyone right now in my life. I mean, I miss my dad, but boy, I wish I could see Sam right now." --Rock to Time Out New York, April 10, 1997.

"I'm not a superstar. Jim Carrey makes twenty million a movie. I make a weird face when they tell me I have to pay $8.50 to see one." --Chris Rock in Esquire, March 1997.

"Nothing makes me laugh more than a good Woody Allen movie. I got no problem with him not having black people in his movies. If you got one black guy in your movie and he's a crackhead, then I got a problem! That was my argument with 'Saturday Night Live'. It's okay for me to play the slave in a skit, if there's three other things I do before that." --Chris Rock in Details, March 1997.

"Look, there's no time to be tired. Work needs to be done because you never know when you're played out. So I might as well use this opportunity that I have right now, because I don't know how many shots I'm going to get." --Rock in Daily News, February 9, 1997.

"I don't write jokes first. I write down topics. I think of what I want to talk about, and then I write the jokes--they don't write me . . . And even if you don't think it's funny, you won't think it's boring. You might disagree, but you'll listen. And maybe even laugh as you disagree." --Chris Rock to Los Angeles Times, June 5, 1996.

Asked who his heroes are, Rock told Premiere (October, 1998): "My granddad, Allen Rock. He was a preacher, womanizer, the life of the party. Once killed a man. I'm probably the most like him. Prince definitely influenced me. And Woody Allen. Big Woody man. Woodaholic. I'd love to work with the Woodmeister."

"Chris has a certain amount of humility--or paranoia. He doesn't take it for granted that he's going to slaughter an audience." --"Down to Earth" director Paul Weitz to the Daily News, April 30, 2000.

"I was raised to expect myself to be competent . . . People say life is short. But not if you make the wrong choices. It's really long for the guy who gets sentenced to 50 years in jail. Besides, I always felt responsible to do good work. There's a mechanism that goes off in my head: If a black guy messes up, he hurts it for the next black guy." --Rock to Parade, August 29, 1999.

"It would've been easy for me to become one of those 'trenchcoat kids' or one of those guys screaming how bad white people are. But I had a few white friends as a kid. Sometimes we got beat up together at school. All it takes is a few good people to keep you sane. Besides, it's hard to be successful and angry." --Rock to Parade, August 29, 1999.

"...I made friendships that will last for the rest of my life. Most people had to share -they had a partner in their office. I had a four-person office; me, Sandler, Farley and Spade, we shared an office. And those are my boys for life. For life. I love those guys."--Rock talking about his life on SNL Vanity Fair September 2002

"Right now, my job is that I'm like an ambulance chaser. I've got to look for movies with white guys falling out of them."-Rock quoted in 2001 Premiere October 2, 2002

"As a comic, within two jokes I can say, I'm better than that guy. When you see Rock, after two jokes you say, I gotta go write some more." ---David Spade Entertainment Weekly March 19, 2004

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wife:
Malaak Compton. Publicist. Married on November 23, 1996; reportedly separated in late 1998; reconciled.

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grandfather:
Allen Rock. Preacher.
father:
Julius Rock. Truck driver. Died at age 55 in 1989 after ulcer surgery.
mother:
Rose Rock. Teacher.
brother:
Andre Rock.
brother:
Tony Rock. Standup comic.
daughter:
Lola Simone Rock. Born June 28, 2002; mother is Malaak Compton.
daughter:
Zahra Savannah Rock. Born May 22, 2004; mother is Malaak Compton.
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