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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.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Music videos 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] Tucker was born on August 31, 1971,[3][4][5] in Atlanta, Georgia, the youngest son of Mary Louise (née Bryant) and Norris Tucker.[4] 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.[6] His father was an independent businessman who owned a janitorial service.[7][8] Tucker grew up in Decatur, Georgia; after graduating from Columbia High School, he moved to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to pursue a career in comedy and acting. Tucker grew up in a Pentecostal
Pentecostal
Christian
Christian
household, as his mother and father were members of the Church of God in Christ
Church of God in Christ
during his childhood.[citation needed] Career[edit] In 1992, Tucker was a frequent performer on Def Comedy Jam.[9] He made his cinematic debut in House Party 3[10] and gained greater film recognition alongside rapper Ice Cube
Ice Cube
in the 1995 film Friday.[10] In 1997, he co-starred with Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen
in Money Talks and alongside Bruce Willis
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
Rush Hour 2
and Rush Hour 3, in which he played Detective James Carter, an LAPD detective. 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.[11] The latter was part of a $40 million two-movie contract with New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
that also included an unnamed future film. He was also to receive 20% of the gross from Rush Hour 3.[12] Tucker did not reprise his role as Smokey in Next Friday (2000) or in Friday After Next
Friday After Next
(2002) because he had become a born-again Christian after filming Money Talks (1997).[13] He starred in Michael Jackson's video "You Rock My World" and made a cameo appearance in Tupac Shakur's "California Love".[14] 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
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
Brett Ratner
and based on George Jacobs's autobiography of working as Frank Sinatra's valet during the Rat Pack
Rat Pack
era of 1953–68.[15] In 2011, Tucker made a comeback to stand-up comedy. The next year, he returned to film in the Academy Award
Academy Award
winning drama 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.[citation needed] The film itself received numerous nominations and awards including the Broadcast Film
Film
Critics Association Award for Best Cast. He also hosted the 2013 BET Awards. Personal life[edit] Tucker has a son named Destin, who lives with his mother in Los Angeles. He divides his time among Bel Air, Las Vegas, and Atlanta. Tucker is a Christian. 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 Special; 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
Rush Hour 2
and imitating Jackson's dancing style in Friday. A friend of Bill Clinton, Tucker has travelled with the former president overseas, but he endorsed Barack Obama
Barack Obama
in the 2008 primaries.[16][17] Tucker participated in a PBS documentary on the genetic makeup of African Americans. He found he has African, European, and Native American ancestry.[18] Through DNA tests (as aired on the 2006 PBS documentary African American Lives), Tucker's patrilineal ancestry was traced back to the Ambundu
Ambundu
ethnic group of Angola
Angola
and one line of his mother's to the Bamileke
Bamileke
of Cameroon.[19][20][21] He also traced his family tree back to the 1830s.[22] Tucker was shown visiting Angola, the birthplace of some of his ancestors, with the program's host, Henry Louis Gates.[23] In 2014, Tucker settled a $2.5 million tax debt. A representative blamed "poor accounting and business management".[24] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1993 The Meteor Man MC in Hall

1994 House Party 3 Johnny Booze

1995 Friday Smokey Nominated – MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for Best Comedic Performance Nominated – MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (with Ice Cube)

Panther Bodyguard

Dead Presidents Skip

1997 Money Talks Franklin Hatchett Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst New Star

The Fifth Element Ruby Rhod

Jackie Brown Beaumont Livingston

1998 Rush Hour Detective James Carter Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Duo – Action/Adventure (with Jackie Chan) MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (with Jackie Chan) Nominated – Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated – Kids Choice Awards
Kids Choice Awards
for Favorite Movie Actor Nominated – MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for Best Comedic Performance Nominated – MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
Best Fight (with Jackie Chan)

2001 Rush Hour 2 Kids Choice Awards
Kids Choice Awards
for Favorite Movie Actor MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for Best Fight (with Jackie Chan) Nominated – MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for Best Comedic Performance

2007 Rush Hour 3 Nominated – MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for Best Fight (with Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
and Sun Mingming)

2012 Silver Linings Playbook Danny McDaniels Broadcast Film
Film
Critics Association Award for Best Cast Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Albert

2018 Last Friday Smokey

2019 Rush Hour 4 Detective James Carter

2020 Rush Hour 5

Detective James Carter

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1992 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Rapper

Def Comedy Jam Himself 2 episodes

2001 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special Guest

Diary

2006 African American Lives

2015 Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
– Live Himself Netflix Exclusive Standup Special[25]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role

1994 "Nuttin' But Love" Heavy D & the Boyz Pimp

1995 "California Love" Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
featuring Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
& Roger Troutman Guest

1997 "Feel So Good" Mase Guest

2001 "You Rock My World" Michael Jackson Gangster

2005 "Shake It Off" Mariah Carey Car passenger

References[edit]

^ ChrisTucker.com ^ a b Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
– Movie and Film
Film
Biography and Filmography – AllRovi.com Archived April 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Allmovie.com. Retrieved on October 19, 2011. ^ Stated on African American Lives, 2006 ^ a b Gates, Jr., Henry Louis (January 2009). In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary Blacks Reclaimed Their Past. Crown. p. 397. ISBN 0-307-38240-0.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-07.  Official Bio ^ "Tucker's early life".  ^ Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
Biography – Yahoo! Movies. Archived October 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
Biography Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. filmreference.com. ^ mirobo1 Added (August 31, 2006). " Def Comedy Jam on". Tv.com. Retrieved January 11, 2011.  ^ a b Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
on IMDb ^ Grossberg, Josh. "Chris Tucker's Taxing Situation" Archived July 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., E! News, July 28, 2010 ^ " Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
signs onto Brett Ratner's Rush Hour 3" Archived August 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. MovieWeb.com, May 5, 2005. Retrieved August 5, 2007. ^ Anthony Miccio (December 8, 2010). "New Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
Movie Rumored, Plus 4 Other Comedy Recluses". TheFABlife. Retrieved January 11, 2011.  ^ You Rock My World
You Rock My World
on IMDb ^ Giles, Jeff. "Chris Tucker, Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner
Reteam for Sinatra" Archived November 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Rotten Tomatoes, September 20, 2007. ^ Nedra Pickler (January 22, 2008). "Obama sees rock-star power in action". Yahoo! News. Retrieved January 28, 2008. [dead link] ^ Candace Newson (January 26, 2008). "On the trail: Stars talk politics, endorsements as they 'stand for change' with Obama". The Times and Democrat. Retrieved January 28, 2008.  ^ Richard Willing (February 1, 2006). "DNA rewrites history for African-Americans". USA Today. Retrieved August 5, 2008.  Check date values in: year= / date= mismatch (help) ^ "African Ancestry & DNA Tests: The Results" Archived March 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.. ^ Kam Williams. " Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
'Rush Hour 3' Interview with Kam Williams".  ^ Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
and Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner
The A.V. Club Archived December 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. ^ African Ancestry & DNA Tests Archived December 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. ^ Oprah, Bishop Jakes, Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
Trace Roots On PBS Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.. January 31, 2006. Retrieved April 18, 2015. ^ Duke, Alan (September 1, 2014). " Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
settles huge tax bill; poor management blamed for IRS lien". CNN. Retrieved June 6, 2016.  ^ " Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
Live". 

External links[edit]

Official website Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
on IMDb

Awards for Chris Tucker

v t e

Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble

2000s

2001

Gosford Park Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hollander, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Geraldine Somerville, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sophie Thompson, Emily Watson, James Wilby

2002

Chicago Christine Baranski, Ekaterina Shchelkanova, Taye Diggs, Denise Faye, Colm Feore, Richard Gere, Deidre Goodwin, Queen Latifah, Lucy Liu, Susan Misner, Mýa, John C. Reilly, Dominic West, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones

2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Bernard Hill, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Noble, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Elijah Wood

2004

Sideways Thomas Haden Church, Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

2005

Crash Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate

2006

Little Miss Sunshine Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear

2007

Hairspray Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, Paul Dooley, Zac Efron, Allison Janney, Elijah Kelley, Queen Latifah, James Marsden, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brittany Snow, Jerry Stiller, John Travolta, Christopher Walken

2008

Milk Josh Brolin, Joseph Cross, James Franco, Victor Garber, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Denis O'Hare, Sean Penn, Alison Pill

2009

Inglourious Basterds Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, Julie Dreyfus, Michael Fassbender, Sylvester Groth, Jacky Ido, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent, Denis Ménochet, Mike Myers, Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Rod Taylor, Christoph Waltz, Martin Wuttke

2010s

2010

The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian
Christian
Bale, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee, Mark Wahlberg

2011

The Help Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

2012

Silver Linings Playbook Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Anupam Kher, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver

2013

American Hustle Amy Adams, Christian
Christian
Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Peña, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm, Shea Whigham

2014

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

2015

Spotlight Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci

2016

Moonlight Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Alex R. Hibbert, Naomie Harris, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders

2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Woody Harrelson, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges, Željko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Frances McDormand, Clarke Peters, Sam Rockwell, Samara Weaving

v t e

MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for Best Fight

Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
vs. Bob Barker
Bob Barker
Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore
(1996) Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
vs. Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney
– The Craft (1997) Will Smith
Will Smith
vs. Cockroach – Men in Black (1998) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
vs. Puffy the Dog – There's Something About Mary
There's Something About Mary
(1999) Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
vs. Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix
The Matrix
(2000) Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi
vs. Entire bar – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2001) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
and Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
vs. Hong Kong gang – Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 2
(2002) Yoda
Yoda
vs. Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
– Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2003) Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
vs. Chiaki Kuriyama
Chiaki Kuriyama
– Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2004) Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
vs. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah
– Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2005) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
vs. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
– Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2006) Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler
vs. Robert Maillet
Robert Maillet
– 300 (2007) Sean Faris vs. Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet
Never Back Down
Never Back Down
(2008) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
vs. Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet
– Twilight (2009) Beyoncé
Beyoncé
Knowles vs. Ali Larter
Ali Larter
– Obsessed (2010) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
vs. Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard
and Xavier Samuel
Xavier Samuel
– The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
and Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson
vs. Alexander Ludwig
Alexander Ludwig
– The Hunger Games (2012) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
and Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
vs. Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
– The Avengers (2013) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
and Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly
vs. Orcs – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2014) Dylan O'Brien
Dylan O'Brien
vs. Will Poulter
Will Poulter
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
(2015) Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
vs. Ed Skrein
Ed Skrein
- Deadpool (2016)

v t e

MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for Best On-Screen Duo

Best On-Screen Duo

Dana Carvey & Mike Myers
Mike Myers
(1992) Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
& Danny Glover
Danny Glover
(1993) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
& Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1994) Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
& Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
(1995) Chris Farley
Chris Farley
& David Spade
David Spade
(1996) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
& Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1997) John Travolta
John Travolta
& Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1998) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
& Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
(1999) Mike Myers
Mike Myers
& Verne Troyer
Verne Troyer
(2000) Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg
& Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane
(2013) Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel
& Paul Walker
Paul Walker
(2014) Zac Efron
Zac Efron
& Dave Franco
Dave Franco
(2015) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
& Dafne Keen
Dafne Keen
(2017)

Best On-Screen Team

Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
& Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu
(2001) Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel
& Paul Walker
Paul Walker
(2002) Sean Astin, Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis
& Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
(2003) Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
& Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
(2004) Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert
Lacey Chabert
& Amanda Seyfried (2005) Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn
& Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson
(2006)

Best Cast

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Emma Watson
& Tom Felton
Tom Felton
(2012)

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