Christopher Tucker, also known professionally as Chris Tucker is an actor and stand-up comedian from the United States. He is best known for portraying the role of Smokey in 1995 film Friday. The 46-year-old was born on 31st August 1971, in Atlanta Georgia.
He finished his high school education in Decatur, Georgi and moved to LA to become an actor and sharpen his skill in comedy. He has a very good sense of humor from a very young age and could easily draw the attention of people.
The actor is one of the most well-known personalities in the industry, and here we are going to take a look at his career, awards, and net worth.
As mentioned above, Tucker moved to LA at a young age to pursue his career in Hollywood. His first ever recognized work was as a frequent performer on Def Comedy Jam in 1992. He made his debut on the big screen through 1994 film House Party 3 as Johnny Booze. He also appeared in the film The Meteor Man.
He made his debut on TV in 1992 appearing as a rapper in an episode of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.
Later in 1995, he appeared in Friday as Smokey. His role in the film was highly appreciated and brought him into the limelight. For the role, he was nominated for 3 MTV Movie Award. He did not win any award, but the role did increase hype about the actor eventually increasing his demand.
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In the same year, he also appeared in many other films like Panther and Dead Presidents. Later in 1997, he was nominated for a Razzie Award under category Worst New Star for his works in Money Talks and The Fifth Element.
However, next year, he flipped the coin and won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award, MTV Movie Award (both shared with Jackie Chan) for his role as Detective James Carter in film Rush Hour alongside Jackie Chan. He was also nominated for a Kids Choice Awards and two MTV Movie Award.
Later in 2001 and 2007, he appeared on the sequels to the movie, Rish Hour 2 and Rish Hour 3 respectively. For the role, he won a Kids Choice Award, an MTV Movie Award (shared with Jackie Chan) in 2001.
Some of his other notable works in films are as Danny McDaniels in 2012 Silver Linings Playbook for which he won a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award. exclusive Standup special.
Moreover, the actor is currently working on the upcoming projects Last Friday and Rush Hour 4 which will release in 2018.
Apart from films, Tucker has appeared in TV shows like Def Comedy Jam, Diary and Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special. As mentioned above, he was a good friend to Michael Jackson and also has made an appearance in his music video "You Rock My World" as a gangster. Talking about music videos, he also appeared in Mariah Carey's music video Shake It Off.
Being one of the elite actors in Hollywood, Chris Tucker has an estimated net worth of $11.5 million. His net worth back in 2012 was $6.8 million which increased to $9.6 million in 2013 and $10 million in 2014. Moreover, his estimated yearly earning has been reported to be $1.4 million.
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During his initial days, while working on his most well-known films Friday, he was paid just $15 thousand. But now the actor is paid way more. For his work in Rush Hour 3, the actor was paid a massive $25 million according to The Richest. He was also paid a million dollars for appearing as a host in 2013 BET Awards.
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Back in 1999, she signed a deal worth $45 million with New Line Cinema.
Many might question why the actor's net worth is so low despite his high earnings. Back in 2014, the actor settled a $2.5 million debt. According to representatives, it was because of poor business management and accounting.