Happy birthday, Chris Rock!

By Gavriella Tjandra,

Chris Rock turns 48 today!

Born in South Carolina, raised in Brooklyn, Christopher Julius Rock III, debuted himself as a stand-up comedian in New York City's Catch a Rising Star.

From that point, he rose up to be an extra in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, and Miami Vice.

Upon seeing Rock's act at a nightclub, actor Eddie Murphy gave his first movie role in Beverly Hills Cops III.

He then earned a role in popular sketch comedy Saturday Night Live. He left SNL after three years, and tried to audition for roles in other shows, but failed. This drove him back to concentrate in stand-up comedy.

Again, stand-up comedy brought him the most success.

One of his stand-up comedies, Bring the Pain reinvented Rock as the best stand-up comedian in history. He earned Emmy Awards from it. In addition to his fame, he was the widely popular commentator in Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect, which earned him another Emmy nomination.

He opened up acting opportunities by playing significant roles in the animated Madagascar, Death at a Funeral, The Longest Yard, and many more.

Rock produced a show Everybody Hates Chris, a series based on his childhood where he got bullied so much, he had to take off from his high school. This show garnered him award nominations, such as Golden Globe, Emmy, and People's Choice Award.

Chris Rock has been married to Malaak Compton, the owner of q non-profit organization that provides free service for women leaving welfare for workforce. They have two daughters together.



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