Christopher Julius Rock is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and filmmaker. After years working as a stand-up comedian and appearing in minor film roles including Beverly Hills Cop II, Rock gained prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1993. While at SNL he appeared in films New Jack City, Boomerang and CB4, which Rock also wrote and produced. Rock reached mainstream stardom with the critically acclaimed Bring the Pain in 1996, the second of his five HBO comedy specials. His other HBO comedy specials include Bigger & Blacker, Never Scared and Kill the Messenger. HBO also aired his talk show, The Chris Rock Show, which gained critical acclaim for Rock's interviews with celebrities and politicians. His most recent comedy special Chris Rock: Tamborine was released for Netflix in 2018. Rock was cast in starring film roles in Down to Earth, Head of State, The Longest Yard, the Madagascar film series, Grown Ups, its sequel Grown Ups 2, Top Five and Spiral. He developed, wrote, produced and narrated the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, which was based on his early life. In 2020, he starred in the fourth season of the FX black comedy–crime drama anthology series Fargo. Rock hosted the Academy Awards twice; in 2005 and 2016, and was involved in an incident on stage at the 2022 Awards. He has won four Emmy Awards out of 19 total nominations for his television work and three Grammy Awards for best comedy albums. Rock was ranked No. 5 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. He also ranked No. 5 on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time.
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