Dave Chappelle Biography

Dave Chappelle, also known as David Khari Webber, is an American comedian, actor, and television/film producer. Despite his reduced on-screen appearances in recent years, his unique humor and impeccable timing continue to captivate audiences. Recognized as one of the top stand-up comedians by ‘Comedy Central’, Chappelle gained fame through his hit show ‘Chappelle’s Show’, which unfortunately ended prematurely. Known for his bold and versatile performances, he has also made memorable appearances in movies such as ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ and ‘The Nutty Professor’. After struggling with minor roles, Chappelle achieved success with his own primetime show before returning to stand-up comedy. He has since embraced Islam and resides with his wife and three children in Ohio.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: David Khari Webber Chappelle
  • Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Elaine Chappelle (m. 2001)
    • Father: William David Chappelle III
    • Mother: Yvonne Seon (née Reed)
    • Children: Ibrahim Chappelle, Sonal Chappelle, Sulayman Chappelle
  • Born Country: United States
  • Occupation: Actors, Comedians
  • Height: 6’0″ (183 cm)
  • Notable Alumni: Eastern High School, Woodlin Elementary School, Duke Ellington School Of The Arts
  • Education: Duke Ellington School Of The Arts, Eastern High School, Woodlin Elementary School

Childhood & Early Life

David Khari Webber Chappelle was born to William David Chappelle and Yvonne in Washington, D.C. He was raised in Silver Spring and studied at Woodlin Elementary School. He got greatly inspired by comedians, Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy during his school days. His parents divorced when he was very young. In 1991, he passed out of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he majored in theatre arts.

Career

After his graduation, he moved to New York City and debuted on stage as a stand-up comedian at the Apollo Theatre, but did not get much success. He did not give up and finally made a name for himself in the comedy circuit and made his entry into films with ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ as ‘Ahchoo’. He was offered a role in the 1994 film ‘Forest Gump’ but turned it down believing that the film would not be a success. He also played the role of a supporting character in the film ‘Getting In’ the same year.

In 1995, he appeared in the American sitcom, ‘Home Improvement’ alongside Jim Breuer. The duo became so successful on screen, that they were given lead roles in the sitcom, ‘Buddies’. However, Jim was fired and the show never really took off with the audiences.

In 1996, he starred in the hit film, ‘The Nutty Professor’ alongside Eddie Murphy, who is also his inspiration and idol. In 1997, he appeared on ‘Con Air’ in a small role and then appeared in a major role in ‘Half-Baked’ the following year. After the success of ‘Half-Baked’, he appeared in one of the episodes of ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ and was also cast opposite Tom Hanks in the film, ‘You’ve Got Mail’. He starred in a small role in the film ‘Blue Streak’, in 1999. The following year, he was given his first slot on HBO in an episode titled, ‘Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly’. From 2003 to 2006, ‘Chappelle’s Show’, was aired on Comedy Central, which catapulted his career and landed him a multi-million dollar contract. However, the production of the show was terminated when he disappeared on a trip to South Africa.

In 2006, he toured a number of cities in the United States to promote the documentary film, ‘Dave Chappelle’s Block Party’. The next year, he created history by setting a stand-up comedy record of 3 hours and 50 minutes at the Laugh Factory Sunset Strip Comedy Club. However, his record was broken in 2008 by Dane Cook. He attempted to break Cook’s 7 hour record in 2009 at the Laugh Factory, but was dismissed a mere 5 hours into his routine.

From 2008 to 2013, he appeared on ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ twice.

Major Works

The ‘Chappelle’s Show’, which aired on Comedy Central from 2003-2006, hurled him into the limelight and landed him a contract worth $55 million with Viacom. The company urged him to continue the show for two more years but the production of the show had to be halted abruptly during season 3 due to his sudden disappearance to South Africa. This is by far, considered his greatest work as a comedian.

Awards & Achievements

He is ranked no. 43 in the list of ‘Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time’, by Comedy Central. He is listed in Forbes ‘Celebrity 100’ list, with a net worth of $12 million.

Personal Life & Legacy

He converted to Islam in 1998. He is married to Elaine, who is of Filipino descent. The couple has two sons- Ibrahim and Sulayman and a daughter, Sonal. He currently resides with his family on a 65-acre farm plot in Ohio. He is also the proud owner of a number of other houses around the United States.

Trivia

This famous American stand-up comedian has endorsed both Coca-Cola and Pepsi. This stand-up comedian is an avid video-gamer and currently holds a ‘War of Witchcraft’ account.

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