Indianapolis-born comedian and actor Mike Epps got his career start on the hit HBO show Def Comedy Jam in the mid '90s and Hollywood soon came calling. Epps made his film debut in the 1997 Vin Diesel-directed Stray and then got cast as Ice Cube's co-star (and Chris Tucker's replacement) in Next Friday. Since then, the comedian has appeared in a string of hit films including 2002's All About the Benjamins and 2008's Open Season. He's also hosted BET's Hip Hop Awards for two consecutive years. In 2010, the comedian hosted the BET Hip Hop Awards.