Photo of Dave Chappelle Dave Chappelle

Born Aug. 24, 1973, in Washington, D.C., Dave Chappelle studied acting at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and honed his stand-up comedy skills in D.C. nightclubs. He made his film debut as one of the merry men in Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).

While continuing to work on his live act, Chappelle managed to land a few key supporting roles -- as the cruel comic making fun of Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor (1996) and as a manic convict in Con Air (1997). In 1998, Chappelle co-wrote and starred in the pothead caper film Half Baked and played Tom Hanks' best friend in the romantic comedy You've Got Mail.

Chappelle's popularity has grown tremendously thanks to his 2000 HBO stand-up special, Killin' Them Softly, and the 2003 debut of his sketch comedy series, "Chappelle's Show," on Comedy Central.

Dave Chappelle in You've Got Mail

You've Got Mail

1998 PG

In this valentine to modern romance, book superstore magnate Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and independent book shop owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet -- both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business. Director Nora Ephron's Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy puts romance on the ropes -- and forces two people to make tough decisions about life, love and livelihood.

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  • Dave Chappelle in The Nutty Professor The Nutty Professor
  • Dave Chappelle in Con Air Con Air
  • Dave Chappelle in Half Baked Half Baked
  • Dave Chappelle in Blue Streak Blue Streak
  • Dave Chappelle in Chappelle's Show Chappelle's Show
  • Dave Chappelle in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
  • Dave Chappelle in Dr. Katz: The Complete Series Dr. Katz: The Complete Series
  • Dave Chappelle in Woo Woo
  • Dave Chappelle in Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth
  • Dave Chappelle in Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!! Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!!
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  • Dave Chappelle in Best of the Larry Sanders Show Best of the Larry Sanders Show
  • Dave Chappelle in 200 Cigarettes 200 Cigarettes
  • Dave Chappelle in Screwed Screwed
  • Dave Chappelle in Undercover Brother Undercover Brother
  • Dave Chappelle in Dave Chappelle's Block Party Dave Chappelle's Block Party
  • Dave Chappelle in Def Comedy Jam: Vol. 1 Def Comedy Jam: Vol. 1
  • Dave Chappelle in Beef 4 Beef 4
  • Dave Chappelle in Comedy Central's Home Grown Comedy Central's Home Grown
  • Dave Chappelle in High Times Greatest Hits High Times Greatest Hits
  • Dave Chappelle in Just for Laughs: Stand-Up: Vol. 3 Just for Laughs: Stand-Up: Vol. 3