15 Things You Didn't Know About Chris Rock

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Chris Rock 15 Things You Didn't Know About Chris Rock

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Our 'Top Five' - Chris Rock has groomed himself as one of the funniest, most relatable and marketable comedians of our time. As the premiere of Chris Rock: Bring the Pain arrives on Wednesday, December 24 at 11P/10C, we've decided to round-up some interesting facts about the funny innovator. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Variety)

Southern Boy

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Southern Boy - Chris Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina, a small town near Myrtle Beach, S.C., then moved to New York. (Photo: Raymond Bonar/NBCU Photo Bank)

Always Giving...Us Funny

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Always Giving...Us Funny - Chris isn't just a class-act comedian, he's also a humanitarian. When Oprah Winfrey's school opened in South Africa, he was there! (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Spotted by Greatness

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Spotted by Greatness - Reportedly the comedian was discovered by Eddie Murphy. (Photo: HBO)

Rockin' the Stage

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Rockin' the Stage - Chris Rock started stand-up comedy in 1985. If our calculations are correct, he was only 20 years old at the time. (Photo: HBO)

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Chris Rock for the Win!

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Chris Rock for the Win! - Rock won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album. (Photo: REUTERS/JEFF CHRISTENSEN /Landov)

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Rock City - One of the actor's first major roles was in the classic gangster film New Jack City. He played the role of Pookie. Take a look at other Black gangster films. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

The Real Bad Boys of Comedy

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The Real Bad Boys of Comedy - Here Rock poses with Mike Myers, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. In 1990, Rock joined the cast of Saturday Night Live and was a member of the "Bad Boys of SNL" with Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Rob Schneider. Myers and Crystal were also SNL cast members at one point.(Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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Always Rockin' It - He's written a book, Rock This, and released two comedy albums. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

?On Wifes Aimlessly Introducing Husbands - "Fellas, when we get married we become women's pets. Women like to get their husbands together that don't even know each other and have grown-man playdate. They'll put you in a room with another man (that you don't know) and be like: 'He likes baseball just like you.' Then you?re in a room with another man you don?t know, like: 'I like baseball, baseball is good.' It's like: 'Honey! I don?t need no new friends, if you want to help me out introduce me to a girl.'? (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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Rock on With Ya Bad Self - Rock's great-great-grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman was a slave for 21 years and later fought in the American Civil War. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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Comedian of the People

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Comedian of the People - In 2005, he was named the fifth greatest stand-up comedian by Comedy Central. (Photo: REUTERS /LUCAS JACKSON /LANDOV)

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Silly Love - The comedian has been married to his wife for almost 20 years. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Everybody Listens to Chris

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Everybody Listens to Chris - Chris Rock directed only one episode of Everybody Hates Chris. (Photo: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

Just Jokes - If we thought Chris Tucker killed, Chris Rock rocked the stage with a little friendly competition. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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The Spoken Word - Both his father and grandfather were preachers. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Chris Rock on 106 Tonight  - Chris Rock stops by 106 & Park tonight to chat about his new movie, Top Five. Tune in at 5P/4C.   (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Allied)

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Brooklyn Bomber - Shortly after his birth, Rock and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Allied)

Amen

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Amen - Chris Rock's performance style and preparation was highly influenced by his preacher grandfather, Allen Rock. (Photo: Ali Paige Goldstein/Paramount Pictures)