Christopher Tucker was born on 31 August 1971, in Atlanta, Georgia USA, and is a stand-up comedian/comedian and actor. Throughout his career, Chris Tucker has been a guest star and a leading actor of many well-known television series and movies, however, he is perhaps best known as Smokey, a marijuana dealer in the stoner comedy film “Friday” with Ice Cube. The success of “Friday” landed him a role in “Rush Hour” trilogy, with which Chris Tucker rose to prominence in the entertainment industry. The success of “Rush Hour” was so remarkable that Tucker was able to negotiate a $25 million deal for his subsequent appearance in “Rush Hour 3”.
How just rich is Chris Tucker? Authoritative sources estimate that Chris Tucker’s net worth is $4 million; the reason for such a net worth is Tucker’s inability to pay taxes, as well as other financial issues, despite a productive career now spanning almost 25 years.
Chris Tucker Net Worth $4 Million
Chris Tucker attended Columbia High School in Decatur, Georgia, and after matriculation, he moved out to Los Angeles in order to pursue his dream job of acting. Chris Tucker’s career began with “Def Comedy Jam”, a television series produced by Russell Simmons, in which he performed his stand-up comedy act. The recognition of these comedic performances gained Tucker his first major role in 1994, which was his debut in the comedy film “House Party 3”, in which he co-starred with Bernie Mac, an R&B trio called TLC, and members of Kid ‘n Play. The movie grossed over $19 million in the box office, and Tucker was promised major opportunities for the future.
A year later, Tucker was cast to appear alongside Ice Cube in a stoner film “Friday”, and later starred in the action film “Money Talks” with Charlie Sheen, as well as “The Fifth Element” with Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. An already recognized actor, Chris Tucker was then cast to portray the role of Detective James Carter in the martial arts/comedy film with Jackie Chan entitled “Rush Hour”. The first movie grossed over $244 million and secured a prosperous future for the movie series, as well as its lead actors. Chris Tucker’s net worth was on the rise at that time.
“Rush Hour 2” was released in 2001 and did even better in the market, grossing over $347 million. With the remarkable success of both movies, Chris Tucker’s deal for starring in “Rush Hour 3” amounted to $25 million, which made him one of the highest-paid actors at the time. In between filming the trilogy, Chris Tucker did not put himself in the limelight and only made brief appearances in music videos or sports events, but made a return to stand-up comedy in 2011, and a year later starred opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the romantic comedy film “Silver Linings Playbook”. Chris Tucker is also rumored to work on yet another “Friday” movie with Ice Cube. Unfortunately, Chris Tucker’s debts are so great that even with the money collected from his appearances, he still has a net worth of $4 million.
In his personal life, Chris Tucker has a son who lives with his unidentified mother in Los Angeles. For the rest, Chris is hardly a great catch at the moment, given his rather large debts.
Traveling - even to Los Angeles - it was big... When I went out there with my country accent, people would laugh at the way I talk. They'd be like, "Say 'orange' again." I'd be like, "'Orange.' What?" Now, going around the world, it's such a great experience, I feel so blessed, because I get to see the world. I get a broad perspective of the world, and we've got so much here in America - and in Africa, there are places with no clean water, places with no schools, no hospitals. That really took me by surprise - well, educated me a lot. I would say in the last six years I've been doing a lot of educating myself about what's been going on in the world... Yeah, I just enjoy traveling, because that's how I educate myself, and there's nothing better than traveling to a place [to learn] about it.
I tell people that stand-up's like golf: you gotta do it every day to get it down - or at least three times a week to get it down.
I think real life reflects your movies. In your life, you pick stuff that influences what movie roles you wanna pick. I think if you've got an interesting life, you wanna do interesting movies about interesting things.
I will always do stand-up, even if my acting career takes off. Stand-up is my life.
When you're first starting out, you want to keep making good movies. When you're young and you're black, you do a bad movie and you're through.