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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 31, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: comedian, actor, producer, cleaning person

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Well-known for his trademark rapid-fire wisecracks, actor-comedian Chris Tucker broke into movies in the mid-1990s, following a successful career in stand-up. After his scene-stealing turn in director F. Gary Gray's 1995 cult comedy hit "Friday," Tucker took on the role of his career as Jackie Chan's comic foil and high-pitched partner in the action-comedy, "Rush Hour" (1998). Thanks to the worldwide success of "Rush Hour," Tucker became the fastest actor ever to make Hollywood's elite "$20 Million Club" - the princely sum he received for appearing in the 2001 sequel. Despite racking up a prolific flurry of credits at the start of his career, Tucker's output slowed to a trickle by the early 2000s, limiting his film roles strictly to the "Rush Hour" franchise. Nevertheless, the comedian's star power remained significant enough to once again command a $20 million payday for the inevitable sequel, "Rush Hour 3" (2007). Tucker laid low following its modest success for a couple of years, but reemerged in 2011 to reignite his stand-up career, reminding fans of what he had always done best.

Well-known for his trademark rapid-fire wisecracks, actor-comedian Chris Tucker broke into movies in the mid-1990s, following a successful career in stand-up. After his scene-stealing turn in director F. Gary Gray's 1995 cult comedy hit "Friday," Tucker took on the role of his career as Jackie Chan's comic foil and high-pitched partner in the action-comedy, "Rush Hour" (1998). Thanks to the worldwide success of "Rush Hour," Tucker became the fastest actor ever to make Hollywood's elite "$20 Million Club" - the princely sum he received for appearing in the 2001 sequel. Despite racking up a prolific flurry of credits at the start of his career, Tucker's output slowed to a trickle by the early 2000s, limiting his film roles strictly to the "Rush Hour" franchise. Nevertheless, the comedian's star power remained significant enough to once again command a $20 million payday for the inevitable sequel, "Rush Hour 3" (2007). Tucker laid low following its modest success for a couple of years, but reemerged in 2011 to reignite his stand-up career, reminding fans of what he had always done best.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Rush Hour 3 (2007)
4.
 Rush Hour 2 (2001) Detective James Carter
5.
 Rush Hour (1998) Detective James Carter
6.
 Jackie Brown (1997) Beaumont Livingston
7.
 Money Talks (1997) Franklin Hatchett
8.
 Fifth Element, The (1997) Ruby Rhod
9.
 Panther (1995) Bodyguard
10.
 Friday (1995) Smokey
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Grew up in Decatur, GA
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Left Atlanta to move to L.A.
1992:
Made network TV debut as a rapper on ABC sitcom "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper"
1992:
Stand-up work on TV's "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy All-Star Jam" (HBO) landed him his first feature (date approximate)
1993:
Made feature debut as Johnny Booze in "House Party 3"
1995:
Starred opposite Ice Cube in the surprise hit "Friday"
1995:
Filmed memorable death scene in "Dead Presidents" (overdosed on heroin while watching a vintage "Soul Train" telecast)
1997:
Stole the show from Bruce Willis with his gender-bending turn as Ruby Rhod, a flamboyant 23rd-century talk-show host in Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element"
1997:
Teamed up with Charlie Sheen as Eddie Murphy-esque hustler Franklin Hatchett in "Money Talks"; also executive produced
1998:
Teamed with martial artist Jackie Chan for the box-office hit "Rush Hour"
2001:
Reprised role in sequel "Rush Hour 2"
2007:
Returned to the screen after a six year hiatus to once again co-star with Jackie Chan for "Rush Hour 3"
2012:
Returned to features with supporting role as a mental patient in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"
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Notes

"Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones were talking at a table and I peeked around and got in this dopeass picture with them. But I didn't get to talk to them. I don't know why, when mofos get that rich, they gotta be all ... I hope I don't ever get that rich and crazy." --Chris Tucker in Premiere, September 1997.

In Summer 2002, Chris Tucker, US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and rocker Bono went on a tour of foreign aid projects in Africa. Later that year, he joined Kevin Spacey and former President Clinton on a five-day tour of Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique and South Africa to help fight AIDS and to encourage economic development in Africa.

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father:
Norris Tucker. Operated a cleaning service.
mother:
Mary Tucker.
son:
Chris Tucker Jr. Born in September 1998.

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