Rock, Chris

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Rock, Chris Gender: M
Christopher Julius Rock III
born on 7 February 1966 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Andrews, South Carolina, 33n27, 79w34
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 18°24' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 16°24 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 19°12'

Alternative birthtime
see sourcenotes
Date 7 February 1965 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Andrews, SC (US), 33n27, 79w34
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 18°39' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 27°02 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 19°33'

Chris Rock
photo: David Shankbone, license cc-by-3.0


American actor, one of the hottest black comedians of the late 1990s. While he was performing at the Comedy Strip in New York, comedian Eddie Murphy discovered him and gave him a role in "Beverly Hills Cop II," 1987. Rock’s dead-on delivery and his observations on society, the political arena and the issues facing African-American people have earned him wide acclaim.

Born in South Carolina, Rock grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York. He was the oldest of six children born to Julius, a truck driver, and Rose, a teacher. His father was a strict disciplinarian who tolerated no disrespect or disobedience. Bused to a primarily white school across town, he was a victim of racism and endured regular beatings. Diminutive, shy and respectful, Rock hated the violence that surrounded him but once in a while, he used a stick or a book bag stuffed with bricks to level the field and defend himself. Focused on his childhood dream of becoming a comedian, in 1983 he lied about his age and got into a comedy review. The success he experienced gave him incentive to try the club circuit where he met Eddie Murphy.

In 1990, Rock joined "Saturday Night Live," as one of the "Not Ready for Primetime Players," and for the next three years, he honed his act. In 1993, he made his screenwriting debut with "CB4." The lukewarm response pushed him to concentrate more on his acting, and "Bring the Pain!," 1996, a comedy special, earned him two Emmy awards. Since that time, he has made appearances in such films as "Lethal Weapon 4" and published a book called "Rock This!" in 1998.

Wryly intelligent, Rock’s stated goal is to make people laugh. Tall and thin with a toothy grin, he’s a hard worker and has an uncanny sense of what is funny and what is not. He has made three comedy recordings and starred in "Chris Rock," 1997, an Emmy award-winning comedy special.

In 1989, his father died from complications of an ulcer. After his dad’s death, Rock felt that his safety net had disappeared, and he struggled while trying to deal with the insecurity that resulted.

Rock is married to Malaak Compton-Rock, a publicist. They had a daughter in 2002 and a second child, another daughter, named Zahra Savannah born on May 22, 2004 in Brooklyn, NY.

On February 27, 2005, Rock was the host of the Academy Award ceremony.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Farley, Chris (born 15 February 1964). Notes: "Saturday Night Live" cast mate
  • business associate/partner relationship with Hartman, Phil (born 24 September 1948). Notes: "Saturday Night Live" cast mate
  • business associate/partner relationship with Spade, David (born 22 July 1964). Notes: "Saturday Night Live" cast mate


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1987 (Appeared in "Beverly Hills Cop II")
  • Death of Father 1989 (Complications from an ulcer)
  • Work : New Job 1990 (Saturday Night Live)
  • Work : New Career 1993 (Screenwriting debut)
  • Work : Prize 1996 (Two Emmy Awards)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1997 (Comedy special "Chris Rock")
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 2002 (first child, a daughter, born)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 22 May 2004 (second daughter, Zahra Savannah, was born)
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Source Notes

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Dave Campbell quotes his autobiography "Rock This,", see at the right.

Other sources dispute his birth year, often giving 1965. The 'Talk' page on Wikipedia has a whole range of birth year claims between 1965 and 1969. In an Oprah show, he himself gave an age which implies 1965 as his birth year. RR has been downgraded to DD, and alternative year 1965 has been added.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Six kids)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Victim of racism)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of six)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV and film)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Stand-up)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Production jobs (Three comedy CD's)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Rock This)
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Two)