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Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker 2012.jpg
Tucker in March 2012
Birth name Christopher Tucker
Born (1971-08-31) August 31, 1971 (age 45)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active 1992–present
Genres Blue comedy, black comedy, insult comedy, observational comedy
Website Official website

Christopher "Chris" Tucker (born August 31, 1971) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is known for playing the role of Smokey in Friday and as Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. Tucker became a frequent stand up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s. He also appeared in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element.

Tucker was born on August 31, 1971, in Atlanta, Georgia, the youngest son of Mary Louise (née Bryant) and Norris Tucker. One of six children, Tucker learned early in life that humor has the power to draw attention to himself both at school and at home. His father was an independent businessman who owned a janitorial service. Tucker grew up in Decatur, Georgia; and, after graduating from Columbia High School in Decatur, he moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in comedy and acting.

In 1992, Tucker was a frequent performer on Def Comedy Jam. He made his cinematic debut in House Party 3, and gained greater film recognition alongside rapper Ice Cube in the 1995 film Friday. In 1997, he co-starred with Charlie Sheen in Money Talks, and alongside Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element.

Along with Jackie Chan, Tucker later starred in the 1998 martial arts action comedy Rush Hour and its sequels, Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3, in which he played Detective James Carter, an LAPD detective. After the commercial success of the first Rush Hour film, Tucker held out for a $20 million salary for Rush Hour 2 and was paid $25 million salary for Rush Hour 3. The latter was part of a $40 million two-movie contract with New Line Cinema that also included an unnamed future film. He was also to receive 20% of the gross against his salary from the Rush Hour 3.

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Meteor Man MC in Hall
1994 House Party 3 Johnny Booze
1995 Friday Smokey Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (with Ice Cube)
1995 Panther Bodyguard
1995 Dead Presidents Skip
1997 Money Talks Franklin Hatchett Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst New Star
1997 The Fifth Element Ruby Rhod Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst New Star
1997 Jackie Brown Beaumont Livingston
1998 Rush Hour Detective James Carter Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Duo – Action/Adventure (with Jackie Chan)
MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (with Jackie Chan)
Nominated – Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Actor
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for MTV Movie Award Best Fight (with Jackie Chan)
2001 Rush Hour 2 Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Actor
MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Jackie Chan)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2007 Rush Hour 3 Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Jackie Chan and Sun Mingming)
2012 Silver Linings Playbook Danny McDaniels Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2015 Chris Tucker – Live Himself Netflix Exclusive Standup Special
2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Albert
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Rapper
1992 Def Comedy Jam Himself 2 episodes
2001 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special Himself Guest
2001 Diary
2006 African American Lives
Year Title Artist Role
1994 "Nuttin' But Love" Heavy D & the Boyz Pimp
1995 "California Love" Tupac Shakur featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman Guest
1997 "Feel So Good" Mase Guest
2001 "You Rock My World" Michael Jackson Gangster
2005 "Shake It Off" Mariah Carey Car passenger



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