Anthony Rock (born June 30, 1974[1]) is an American actor and stand-up comedian, the younger brother of comedian Chris Rock. He is best known for playing Uncle Ryan on Everybody Hates Chris (2008–2009), and television producer Dirk Black on the UPN/The CW series All of Us (2003–2007). Rock also appeared in many films including What Goes Around Comes Around (2012) and Redemption of a Dog (2012).

Tony Rock
Rock in 2018
Anthony Rock

(1974-06-30) June 30, 1974 (age 50)
Occupation(s)Actor, stand-up comedian
Years active1997–present
RelativesChris Rock (brother)

Rock was a co-star on CBS's comedy Living Biblically, co-starring with Jay Ferguson, Lindsey Kraft, Camryn Manheim, and Sara Gilbert.



Rock was born in Brooklyn, New York.[2] The son of Rosalie (née Tingman)[3] and Julius Rock (d. 1988), he grew up on Decatur Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of New York City.[3] He has six brothers and one sister.[2]

In the early 2000s, Rock hosted a short-lived game show entitled Can You Tell? for the Oxygen network. He was also a correspondent for BattleBots on Comedy Central for the show's fifth season.

Rock has appeared on radio and television shows including The Howard Stern Show and The D'Angelo Show.[4] He performed in New York with Mark Curry and John Henton to highlight the Apollo Theater.[citation needed] He co-starred as Dirk Black on the UPN/The CW sitcom All of Us. Rock has often worked as a back-up to his brother Chris, and appeared on the latter's sitcom Everybody Hates Chris in the recurring role of the title character's uncle Ryan. Chris's fictitious brother Drew from the show is loosely based on Tony. Rock has hosted The Funny Spot on TV One.[citation needed]

Rock starred in his own sketch comedy TV series, The Tony Rock Project, which was broadcast on MyNetworkTV from 2008 to 2009.[5] On February 19, 2010, Comedy Central aired Tony Rock's feature on season 14 of Comedy Central Presents. His episode was the first original of the 2010 season.[6]

In 2012, Rock appeared in Think Like a Man, a feature film based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. In the same year Rock appeared in David E. Talbert's What Goes Around Comes Around and began hosting Apollo Live on BET.[7]

In 2022, he appeared on the Netflix baking competition Is It Cake? as a judge. In early April 2022, a video surfaced online of Rock performing a stand-up show while reacting to the Oscars incident where his brother Chris Rock was physically assaulted on stage by Will Smith after he had made comments on Smith's wife's bald appearance.




Year Title Role Notes
2006 Homie Spumoni Dana
2007 Life Support Ness TV movie
Three Can Play That Game Gizzard
2012 Think Like a Man Xavier
What Goes Around Comes Around Ricky Video
C'mon Man Jeff Woods
Redemption of a Dog Chris
2017 The Cheaters Club Terrence
Killing Hasselhoff Himself
2018 Couples' Night Rob


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Test Himself/Panelist Episode: "The Vanity Test"
2002 Kings of Black Comedy Himself Episode: "Keeping It Real... Funny"
USO Comedy Tour Himself Episode: "Episode #1.105"
BattleBots Himself/Correspondent Main Correspondent: Season 5
2003 Showtime at the Apollo Himself Episode: "Nivea/Tony Rock/Jamie Simone Nash"
2003-04 Can You Tell? Himself/Host Main Host
2003-07 All of Us Dirk Black Main Cast
2006 BET's Top 25 Countdown Himself Episode: "Moments in Black History"
2008 The Funny Spot Himself/Host Main Host
2008-09 Everybody Hates Chris Uncle Ryan Recurring Cast: Season 3-4
The Tony Rock Project Himself Main Cast
2009-19 Laugh Factory Himself Recurring Guest
2010 Comedy Central Presents Himself Episode: "Tony Rock"
Supreme Court of Comedy Himself Episode: "Tony Rock vs. Harland Williams"
2011 The Celibate Nympho Chronicles: The Web Series Jason Episode: "100 Days with No D"
2012 Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus Himself Episode: "Dov Davidoff/Damn Fool/Tony Rock"
Don't Sleep! Hosted by T. J. Holmes Himself/Panelist Episode: "Affirmative Action"
Big Morning Buzz Live Himself/Panelist Episode: "Flo Rida/Drew Lachey/Rick Springfield"
Apollo Live Himself/Host Main Host
Let's Stay Together Larry Episode: "An Even More Indecent Proposal"
Single Ladies Bobby Mornay Episode: "Deuces"
2013 Gotham Comedy Live Himself Episode: "Tony Rock"
Walk This Way Himself Episode: "No Laughing Matter"
2014 Mind of a Man Himself/Panelist Recurring Panelist
2015 Red Eye Himself/Panelist Episode: "August 20, 2015"
Reed Between the Lines Julius Darren Recurring Cast: Season 2
2015-16 Real Husbands of Hollywood Himself Guest Cast: Season 4-5
2015-17 Mann & Wife Michael Hobbs Main Cast
2016 Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Himself Episode: "Funny Business"
2017 The Game of Dating Himself/Host Main Host
Apollo Night LA Himself/Host Episode: "ANLA 184"
All Def Comedy Himself/Host Main Host
2018 The Real Himself/Guest Co-Host Episode: "Episode #4.116"
Black Card Revoked Himself/Host Main Host
Hip Hop Squares Himself/Panelist Episode: "Episode #5.7" & "#5.10"
This Week at the Comedy Cellar Himself Episode: "November 25 - November 30, 2018"
Living Biblically Vince Main Cast
2019 Beat Bobby Flay Himself/Celebrity Judge Episode: "Pump It Up"
Match Game Himself/Celebrity Panelist Episode: "Episode #4.8"
The Cool Kids Tony Episode: "Vegas, Baby!"
2019-20 Lights Out with David Spade Himself/Panelist Recurring Panelist
2020 The Comedy Store Himself Recurring Guest
2022 Phat Tuesdays: The Era Of Hip Hop Comedy Himself Main Guest
Is It Cake? Himself/Judge Episode: "Garage Mirage"


  1. ^ Mike Rose, cleveland com (2024-06-30). "Famous birthdays list for today, June 30, 2024 includes celebrities Vincent D'Onofrio, Lizzy Caplan". cleveland. Retrieved 2024-07-07.
  2. ^ a b "Bio". Tony Rock official website. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Oppenheim, Gabe (August 9, 2008). "Tony Rock, Standing Up To His Name". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2016. Rock, 34...
  4. ^ "On This Day In Comedy... In 1974 Comedian And Actor Tony Rock Was Born!". The Humor Mill. 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2021-04-16.
  5. ^ MyNetworkTV Prepares to Rock Out, Broadcasting & Cable, June 5, 2008.
  6. ^ List of Comedy Central Presents episodes
  7. ^ "Tony Rock". BET. Archived from the original on December 1, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2014.