One of our generation's strongest
comedic voices, CHRIS ROCK (Jake Hayes/Kevin Pope) has firmly positioned
himself as a multi-faceted force to contend with. Rock most recently starred in
and co-wrote the romantic comedy "Down To Earth," which opened as the
#1 comedy upon its release last February. In the dark comedy, "Nurse
Betty," directed by Neil LaBute, Rock starred along with Morgan Freeman as
a pair of hit men who try to kill a woman after she witnesses a hit they've
committed. The film won the Palm d'Or for Best Screenplay at the 2000 Cannes
Film Festival. Recently, he also starred in and served as a producer for MTV
Studios' "Pootietang," was the voice of the title character in the
animated/live action comedy "Osmosis Jones," played a voice in Steven
Spielberg's "AI: Artificial Intelligence." Rock will perform triple
duty with his next feature film, "Head of State." Rock will star,
direct, and has co-written the comedic tale of America's first Black
president. He will begin production this July.
The Brooklyn-raised comedian has
garnered three Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, been featured on covers of many
national publications and saw his eponymous HBO talk show become one of the
network's highest-rated and most talked-about programs.
Rock's most recent HBO special and
CD, both titled "Bigger & Blacker," were taped on the stage of
Harlem's fabled Apollo Theatre, earned him a Grammy Award for Best Spoken or
Comedy Album, as well as multiple Emmy nominations.
Rock's emergence can be traced to his
tour de force HBO special, "Bring The Pain." The special was honored
with two 1997 Emmy Awards for Best Writing and Outstanding Special. Rock also
picked up a nomination when he received a shared writing credit for
"Politically Incorrect" in the category of Outstanding Writing for a
Variety or Music Program. He also received a CableAce Award for the 1994 HBO
Special, "Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes."
"The Chris Rock Show,"
created for HBO in the wake of the successful specials, features interviews
interspersed with comedy and live music. The program was honored with two 1999
Emmy nominations for writing and for its host, and received an Emmy Award for
Rock's debut book, Rock This!
(Hyperion, 1997) spent time on both the New York Times and Wall Street
Journal bestseller lists.
Chris Rock grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant
neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. He had two idols: boxer Sugar Ray Leonard
and comedian Eddie Murphy. He realized early in life the career for which he was
headed. Honing his comedic skills on the comedy club circuit, he soon realized a
long-held dream when he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in
1989. During the 1993-94 seasons, Rock also made several guest appearances on
Fox's "In Living Color."
Rock's feature film debut was in
"Beverly Hills Cop II" with Eddie Murphy. He went on to create, write,
produce, and star in the rap comedy, "CB4," in 1993. Other film
credits include "Boomerang," "Panther," "New Jack
City," "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!" and writer-director Kevin
Smith's "Dogma." The summer of 1998 saw Rock co-star in two $100
million-plus grossing films: "Lethal Weapon 4" and "Dr. Doolittle."
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