Christopher Tucker is an American actor and a stand-up comedian born on August 31, 1971. He is known for his roles as Detective James Carter in Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour film series and Smokey in F. Gary Gray’s Friday. He became a frequent stand-up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s. He appeared in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and Brett Ratner’s Money Talks.
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The star is celebrating his 48th birthday today. The event is being widely celebrated by his fans, especially through social media.
He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the youngest son of Mary Louise and Norris Tucker. One of six children, Tucker learned early in life that humor had the power to draw attention to himself both at school and at home. His father was an independent businessman who owned a janitorial service.
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Later he decided to move to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue his standup comedy career. In 1992, Tucker was a frequent performer on Def Comedy Jam. He made his cinematic debut in House Party 3 and gained greater film recognition alongside rapper Ice Cube in the 1995 film Friday.
Along with Jackie Chan, Tucker starred in the 1998 martial arts action comedy Rush Hour and its sequels Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3, in which he played detective James Carter.
Tucker has a son named Destin with his ex-wife Azja Pryor.
In 2002, Tucker flew alongside Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Kevin Spacey and Bill Clinton as part of a humanitarian trip to Africa where Clinton raised awareness around HIV/AIDS. Tucker also appeared in Epstein’s contact book.
In 2016 he acted in the film “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” as Albert.