Christopher Tucker (born August 31, 1971) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is known for playing the role of Smokey in F. Gary Gray's Friday and as Detective James Carter in Brett Ratner's Rush Hour film series. He became a frequent stand up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s. He appeared in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, and Brett Ratner's Money Talks.
Tucker in May 2018
|Birth name||Christopher Tucker|
|Born||August 31, 1971|
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Spouse||Azja Pryor (1997–2003)|
Early life and educationEdit
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; after graduating from Columbia High School, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy and acting. Tucker grew up in a Pentecostal Christian household, as his mother and father were members of the Church of God in Christ during his childhood.
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 starred in the 1998 martial arts action comedy Rush Hour and its sequels, Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3, in which he played LAPD detective James Carter. After the commercial success of the first Rush Hour, he held out for a $20 million salary for Rush Hour 2, and was paid $25 million 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 from Rush Hour 3.
Tucker did not reprise his role as Smokey in Next Friday (2000) or in Friday After Next (2002) because he had become a born-again Christian after filming Money Talks (1997). He starred in Michael Jackson's video "You Rock My World" and made a cameo appearance in Tupac Shakur's "California Love". On February 13, 1999, Tucker participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend's Celebrity Game. Other celebrities participating included rapper Master P, NBA Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins, wide receiver Terrell Owens, and four Harlem Globetrotters.
Tucker was announced in 2007 to star in the New Line drama film Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra, directed by Brett Ratner and based on George Jacobs's autobiography of working as Frank Sinatra's valet during the Rat Pack era of 1953–68.
In 2011, Tucker made a comeback to stand-up comedy. The next year, he returned to film in Silver Linings Playbook, co-starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro. Tucker's performance in the film was well received by critics and audiences alike. The film itself received numerous nominations and awards including the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast. He also hosted the 2013 BET Awards. In 2016 he appeared in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
Tucker is good friends with fellow Rush Hour co-star Jackie Chan. He was also close with singer Michael Jackson: introducing and dancing with him at his 30th Anniversary Celebration; appearing in his video "You Rock My World" from the 2001 album Invincible; and attending his memorial service. Tucker's career was also influenced by Jackson, as he is seen dancing and singing to "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" in a scene in Rush Hour 2 and imitating Jackson's dancing style in Friday. A friend of Bill Clinton, Tucker has travelled with the former president overseas, and he also endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries.
Tucker participated in professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s 2006 PBS documentary on the genetic makeup of African Americans, African American Lives, that specifically focused on stories of Native American heritage in African-American communities. Tucker's DNA test results showed African, European, and "likely some Native American" ancestors. Tucker's patrilineal ancestry was also traced back to the Ambundu ethnic group of Angola and one line of his mother's to the Bamileke of Cameroon. He also traced his family tree back to the 1830s. Tucker and Gates were shown visiting Angola, the birthplace of some of his ancestors.
In 2014, Tucker settled a $2.5 million tax debt. A representative blamed "poor accounting and business management".
|1992||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Rapper||Episode: "Please Pass the Jock"|
|Def Comedy Jam||Himself||2 episodes|
|2001||Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration||Guest|
|Diary||Episode: "What About Me?"|
|2006||African American Lives||4 episodes|
|2013||BET Awards 2013||Host||TV special|
|2015||Chris Tucker – Live||Himself||Netflix Exclusive Standup Special|
|1994||"Nuttin' But Love (Heavy D)"||Heavy D & the Boyz|
|1995||"Keep Their Heads Ringin'"||Dr. Dre|
|"California Love"||Tupac Shakur featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman|
|1997||"Feel So Good"||Mase|
|2001||"You Rock My World"||Michael Jackson|
|2005||"Shake It Off"||Mariah Carey|
- Stated on African American Lives, 2006
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