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CHRIS ROCK (Caretaker) grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Lauded by awards and critics alike, Rock has re-defined standup comedy with his smart and incisive takes on race, relationships and society. The comedian has garnered three Emmys, two Grammy Awards, been featured on the cover of many national publications and has seen his former eponymous HBO talk show become one of the network's highest-rated and most talked-about programs. Honing his comedic skills on the comedy club circuit, he realized a long-held dream when he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live” for a three-year tenure beginning in 1989. 

In February, Rock was host of the 77th Annual Academy Awards®.

In the feature-film world, Rock's voice will soon be heard in the animated feature "Madagascar,” also featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Andy Richter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David Schwimmer. Previously, Rock was most recently seen in "Head of State” – which was also his directorial debut – for DreamWorks, which opened #1 at the box office. "Bad Company,” "Down to Earth,” "Nurse Betty,” "Dogma,” ”Dr. Dolittle,” "Lethal Weapon 4,”” "New Jack City,” "CB4,” and "Beverly Hills Cop II.” Rock has been the star of four HBO comedy specials, most recently "Never Scared,” which aired last April. His others, including "Bigger & Blacker,” "Big Ass Jokes,” and "Bring the Pain,” have garnered him numerous Grammy and Emmy Awards and a CableAce Award. 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.

"The Chris Rock Show,” created in the wake of his two award-winning specials, aired for four seasons on HBO and was honored with two 1999 Emmy nominations for writing and host and received an Emmy Award for Best Writing. Rock's debut book, Rock This, was published by Hyperion in 1997 and became a bestseller.


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