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Chris Rock
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In addition to being an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian, Chris Rock is an actor, screenwriter, producer and director. After appearing as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, Rock went on to star in stand-up specials including Bring The Pain (1996), Bigger and Blacker (1999) and Never Scared (2004), and in films like CB4 (1993), Dogma (1999), Head of State (2003) and I Think I Love My Wife (2007).

Milestones in Chris Rock's ancestry:

  • 1865 In March, Julius Caesar Tingman enlists with the U.S. Colored Troops after twenty-one years as a slave. Tingman, Chris Rock's great, great grandfather, remains in the army until 1866.

  • 1940s Alan Rock, Chris Rock's grandfather, leaves South Carolina for New York City where he becomes a cab driver and preacher.

  • 1965 Chris Rock is born on February 7th in Andrews, South Carolina.

  • Put Chris Rock's life and ancestry in historical context with the Interactive Historical Timeline.

    Major corporate funding for African American Lives 2 and its outreach initiatives is provided by The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson. Additional corporate funding is provided by Buick.
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