Rock and his kin are from the Udeme population of Northern Cameroon.
Rock started in '84. Eddie Murphy discovered him performing at 19 in NY's Catch a Rising Star.
Chris Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina, a small town near Myrtle Beach, S.C.
He is not only a comedian, but also a humanitarian. He attended the opening of Oprah Winfrey's school in South Africa.
In 2014, Rock hosted the 88th Academy Awards, becoming the second African American to do so after Richard Pryor.
He's written a book, Rock This, and released two comedy albums.
Rock's great-great-grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman was a slave for 21 years.
In 2005, he was named the fifth greatest stand-up comedian by Comedy Central.
Rock has won four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and a Teen Choice Award for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
Rock is an avid fan of baseball and has even played in celebrity games for charity.