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Sharp-tongued funnyman Chris Rock was born in Jamestown, S.C., on Feb. 7, 1965, and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, N.Y. His hardworking father was a truck driver who instilled a strict work ethic in the budding stand-up comic.

When Rock was 18, his career got a boost thanks to Eddie Murphy, who caught his act in a New York City comedy club. Rock made his film debut with a bit part in Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), followed by a role in the Wayans brothers' blaxploitation spoof I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. But things really took off with a three-year stint on "Saturday Night Live."

Starting with small parts in movies such as New Jack City (1991), Rock worked up to major roles while writing and producing for television and film. Notable films include CB4, Lethal Weapon 4, Rush Hour, Nurse Betty, Down to Earth, Dogma, Head of State and a 2005 remake of The Longest Yard.

Chris Rock in Bad Company

Bad Company

2002 PG-13

Veteran CIA agent Oakes hooks up with street-smart bookie Hayes, who's been asked to replace his murdered, Harvard-educated, twin brother spy on a top-secret mission. But Oakes has only nine days to train Hayes, and Hayes looks like a lost cause.

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  • Chris Rock in Grown Ups Grown Ups
  • Chris Rock in Lethal Weapon 4 Lethal Weapon 4
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  • Chris Rock in Madagascar 3 Madagascar 3
  • Chris Rock in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Chris Rock in Beverly Hills Ninja Beverly Hills Ninja
  • Chris Rock in Dr. Dolittle Dr. Dolittle
  • Chris Rock in The Longest Yard The Longest Yard
  • Chris Rock in Bee Movie Bee Movie
  • Chris Rock in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • Chris Rock in Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary
  • Chris Rock in Down to Earth Down to Earth
  • Chris Rock in The Aristocrats The Aristocrats
  • Chris Rock in Good Hair Good Hair
  • Chris Rock in Top Five Top Five
  • Chris Rock in The Best of So Graham Norton The Best of So Graham Norton
  • Chris Rock in New Jack City: Special Edition New Jack City: Special Edition
  • Chris Rock in The Immortals The Immortals
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  • Chris Rock in I Think I Love My Wife I Think I Love My Wife
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  • Chris Rock in Death at a Funeral Death at a Funeral
  • Chris Rock in Woody Allen: A Documentary Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Chris Rock in 2 Days in New York 2 Days in New York
  • Chris Rock in In Living Color In Living Color
  • Chris Rock in Boomerang Boomerang
  • Chris Rock in Nurse Betty Nurse Betty
  • Chris Rock in Pootie Tang Pootie Tang
  • Chris Rock in Chris Rock: Never Scared Chris Rock: Never Scared
  • Chris Rock in African American Lives African American Lives
  • Chris Rock in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
  • Chris Rock in Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music
  • Chris Rock in CB4 CB4
  • Chris Rock in Sgt. Bilko Sgt. Bilko
  • Chris Rock in The Chris Rock Show The Chris Rock Show
  • Chris Rock in Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker
  • Chris Rock in Best of the Chris Rock Show: Vol. 2 Best of the Chris Rock Show: Vol. 2
  • Chris Rock in Head of State Head of State
  • Chris Rock in Pauly Shore is Dead Pauly Shore is Dead
  • Chris Rock in Straight Tripping Straight Tripping
  • Chris Rock in Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary
  • Chris Rock in Laffs from the Hood: Vol. 1 Laffs from the Hood: Vol. 1
  • Chris Rock in Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Chris
  • Chris Rock in Larry King Live: Greatest Interviews Larry King Live: Greatest Interviews
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