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Overview (3)

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Birth NameChristopher Tucker
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

At one point in time, Chris Tucker was the highest paid actor in Hollywood.

Tucker was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Mary Louise (Bryant) and Norris Tucker, who owned a janitorial service. After graduating from high school, Tucker made a change to move to Hollywood from Georgia to pursue a career in show business. He found himself a frequent guest on the Def Comedy Jam (1992). Tucker was noted for doing exceptionally "clean", non-vulgar stand-up comedy routines. Tucker states his inspirations for comedy are Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.

Tucker made his film debut in House Party 3 (1994), along side stars such as Bernie Mac, Marques Houston, and Khandi Alexander. In 1995 Tucker appeared in one of his most notable and hilarious films, Friday (1995), alongside Ice Cube. Tucker's character, Smokey, was a drug addict who was an energetic and outlandish person. Films such as Friday (1995) showed Tucker's television-comedy styling was very different from his stand-up. In 1995, Tucker also appeared in in another film, Dead Presidents (1995).

In 1997 was the busiest year of Tucker's career. He starred in three hit movies all in the same year: The Fifth Element (1997), Money Talks (1997), and Jackie Brown (1997).

In 1998, Tucker got a role to star along-side Jackie Chan. The movie was Rush Hour (1998) and it grossed more than 200 million dollars worldwide. This resulted in two additional sequels, Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007). In 2006, Tucker got a deal on his Rush Hour 3 (2007) contract that paid 25 million dollars, making him the highest paid actor in Hollywood at that time.

In 2001, Tucker also was in a music-video with friend, pop-legend Michael Jackson, in the music video, "You Rock My World."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Peter Sean

Trade Mark (3)

Motormouth talker
High-pitched voice
Well known impression of Michael Jackson

Trivia (15)

Stand-up comic.
Well known for parodying the Cuban accent of the Tony Montana character from Scarface (1983).
His breakout role was Smokey in Friday.
In 1999, he signed a two-picture $45 million deal with New Line Cinema - including $20 million to co-star in Rush Hour 2 (2001) - The second movie was Rush Hour 3 (2007).
Graduate of Columbia High School.
He has a son named Destin Christopher Tucker.
On April 17, 2005, he was arrested in Georgia for reckless driving and fleeing to elude after he did not pull over right away. Sheriffs claimed he was driving 109 mph in his 2005 Bentley.
On May 25, 2005 he testified in defense of Michael Jackson during Jackson's trial on charges of child molestation.
Appears occasionally at charity concerts and functions and is dedicated to helping bring attention to African poverty and hunger issues in America.
Has Native American ancestry.
Images of him were edited out from stock footage, in the Next Friday (2000) DVD bonus material.
Lives in Tarzana, California, Longwood, Montverde, Florida and McDonough, Georgia.
During a 9-year period from 1998 to 2007, the only films Tucker appeared in were the three "Rush Hour" films.
Friends with Larenz Tate.

Personal Quotes (5)

When you're first starting out, you want to keep making good movies. When you're young and you're black, you do a bad movie and you're through.
I will always do stand-up, even if my acting career takes off. Stand-up is my life.
I think real life reflects your movies. In your life, you pick stuff that influences what movie roles you wanna pick. I think if you've got an interesting life, you wanna do interesting movies about interesting things.
I tell people that stand-up's like golf: you gotta do it every day to get it down - or at least three times a week to get it down.
Traveling - even to Los Angeles - it was big... When I went out there with my country accent, people would laugh at the way I talk. They'd be like, "Say 'orange' again." I'd be like, "'Orange.' What?" Now, going around the world, it's such a great experience, I feel so blessed, because I get to see the world. I get a broad perspective of the world, and we've got so much here in America - and in Africa, there are places with no clean water, places with no schools, no hospitals. That really took me by surprise - well, educated me a lot. I would say in the last six years I've been doing a lot of educating myself about what's been going on in the world... Yeah, I just enjoy traveling, because that's how I educate myself, and there's nothing better than traveling to a place [to learn] about it.

Salary (6)

Friday (1995) $15,000
Dead Presidents (1995) $25,000
Money Talks (1997) $2,000,000
Rush Hour (1998) $3,000,000
Rush Hour 2 (2001) $20,000,000
Rush Hour 3 (2007) $25,000,000

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