Everyone can crack a good joke, but not everyone can successfully do it for a living. Through the years, we’ve seen comedian after comedian step in and out of the limelight, but none of them have had the same staying power as Chris Rock. Battling against the challenges of stigma, Chris Rock has managed to secure a stable seat for himself as a shining star in the world of comedy.
From Humble Beginnings
Christopher Julius Rock III was born on February 7, 1965 to parents Rosalie and Julius Rock. His mother was a teacher and a social worker, and his father was a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman. Chris was the first of 4 brothers and was raised in Crown Height, Brooklyn, New York. He attended the James Madison High School but had to be pulled out as he was experiencing violent bullying from white students. The incident had him traumatized and he decided to stop schooling all together.
He began working several jobs throughout restaurants as a bus boy, but longed for something much more. He had a natural talent for making people laugh and though that maybe he could use that to his advantage. In 1984, Rock began his career as a stand-up comic and performed a bunch of shows around town. He managed to catch the attention of a few talent scouts which got him a spot in New York City’s Catch a Rising Star. He made his way up the ladder in the comedy industry and earned roles in various films along the way. By 1990, he had already been cast as a member of the Saturday Night Live comic line up. He moved on from SNL in 1993 and took on numerous roles on films and TV projects. He also continued to practice stand-up comedy on a regular basis. Thanks to his efforts, Rock now enjoys significant popularity and the support and adoration of millions of loyal fans.
Assets and Net Worth
Chris Rock has become a worthy contender in the realm of comedy. Thanks to royalties from TV shows, films, stand-up comedy appearances, and other business ventures, Chris Rock’s net worth is said to be at an estimated $70 million USD. He has numerous estates across the United States, luxury cars, and other expensive assets. He frequently leaves the country on vacation to hot spots all over the globe.