Kevin Hart

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Kevin Hart
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Hart attends the Sydney premiere of Ride Along in March 2014.
Born Kevin Darnell Hart[1]
(1979-07-06) July 6, 1979 (age 35)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, producer
Years active 1999–present
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[2]
Spouse(s) Torrei Hart (m. 2003–11)
Children 2
Comedy career
Medium Stand-up comedy, film, television
Genres Observational comedy, black humor, surreal humor, satire, self-deprecation
Subject(s) African-American culture, American politics, current events, everyday life, human sexuality, marriage, parenting, pop culture, race relations, racism, self-deprecation
Influences Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle[3]
Notable works and roles Real Husbands of Hollywood
Think Like a Man
Ride Along
About Last Night
Website KevinHartNation.com

Kevin Darnell Hart (born July 6, [4] 1979)[5] is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series lasted only one season, but he soon landed other roles in movies like Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), and Little Fockers (2010).

Hart's comedic reputation continued to grow with the release of his first stand-up album I'm a Grown Little Man (2008), and performances in the films Think Like a Man (2012), Grudge Match (2013), Ride Along (2014), and About Last Night (2014). He also released two more comedy albums, Seriously Funny in 2010 and Laugh at My Pain in 2011. He currently stars as himself in the lead role of Real Husbands of Hollywood.[6]

Early life[edit]

Kevin Hart was born on July 6, 1979 in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised by his single mother, Nancy Hart, and has one older brother, Robert. His father, Henry Robert Witherspoon, a cocaine addict, was in and out of jail throughout most of Kevin's childhood. Kevin used his natural ability to make people laugh as a coping mechanism to deal with his family struggles and to stay out of trouble.[7][8]

After attending George Washington High School in Northeast Philadelphia and Temple University for roughly two years, he moved to New York City to attend community college,[9] graduating two years later. He then moved to Brockton, Massachusetts, and found work as a shoe salesman. He began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy after performing at an amateur night at a club in Philadelphia.[10]

Career[edit]

Stand-up[edit]

Hart's first gig was at The Laff House in Philadelphia under the name of Lil Kev, which did not go well.[5] His career suffered a slow start, as he was booed off stage several times, once even having a piece of chicken thrown at him.[3] After those initial unsuccessful shows, Hart began entering comedy competitions throughout Massachusetts, and his fortunes soon turned for the better.[9]

It took time for Hart to develop a unique comedic style. After an early period of attempting to imitate comedians like Chris Tucker, he found his own rhythm by delving into his insecurities and life experiences. "Because of what I do, it has to be an open book," he has said. "But right now this is a book that is being written."[3]

Hart has cited fellow Philadelphian Bill Cosby as a personally significant comedic influence.[3] "When you talk about your flaws, people gravitate towards you," Hart said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "I'm just not that manly man." This humility may be somewhat attributed to his short stature, since he is only five feet, four inches tall.[11]

Hart's comedy tours began in 2009 with his act titled "I'm a Grown Little Man," followed by "Seriously Funny" in 2010, "Laugh At My Pain" in 2011, and most recently, his TV special titled "Let Me Explain" in 2013.[5] Hart grossed over $15 million from "Laugh At My Pain," making it one of the year's top-selling comedy tours.[7] Hart also has a game available through iTunes called "Little Jumpman." His Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel are all connected to and accessible through this app.[10] Most overseas fans of Hart discovered him on YouTube, as well.[12]

It was announced in October 2013 that ABC will be making a 30-minute pilot based on Hart's stand-up act. Hart does not plan to star in the sitcom, but does plan on having a recurring role.[13]

Film and television roles[edit]

Hart came to prominence from his guest appearance in Undeclared. He made his film debut in the film Paper Soldiers. Hart then came to prominence from his other films such as the Scary Movie franchise, Soul Plane, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Death at a Funeral, and Little Fockers.

He played Doug in the film The Five-Year Engagement (2012) and appeared in Think Like a Man which was a box office success. He also appeared in the sequel. He had a cameo as himself in This Is the End. In 2013, Hart played a boxing promoter in Grudge Match and appeared in Exit Strategy as Mannequin Head Man. He also appeared in 35 and Ticking.

On July 11, 2012 Hart was cast in Ride Along were played a character named Ben.[14] The film received generally negative reviews from critics but it was a box office success.[15][16] On April 23, 2013, it announced that there would be a sequel to the film.[17] The film is scheduled for a release on January 15, 2016.[18]

In 2013, Hart co-created Real Husbands of Hollywood with Chris Spencer. The show follows Hart along with other married celebrities (each playing a comical fictionalized version of themselves) within the series including: Boris Kodjoe, Nelly, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove, Nick Cannon, and Robin Thicke. Thicke didn't return for the second season due to his music career, though Hart has stated that the door is open for Thicke to return.[19] The series is intentionally filmed in a style similar to Bravo's The Real Housewives. Episodes often hinge on the "real" Kevin Hart's desperately unsuccessful attempts to climb Hollywood's celebrity social ladder (which always backfire in humiliating ways), and the character's barely-hidden jealousy of his more successful celebrity friends. A sneak peek was shown as a segment during the 2012 BET Awards and the official promo was released in October 2012.[20] And in 2015 Hart starred in a film 'Get Hard' with Will Ferrel.

In addition to acting, Hart has also hosted various ceremonies. Hart first hosted the 2011 BET Awards.[21] Hart then hosted the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.[22] His longtime friend Judd Apatow, the director who gave him his first big on-screen break in the TV series Undeclared, was the one who recommended him for the gig.[11] Hart hopes that this will project him further into a side career as an emcee, stating, "Hopefully after MTV, of course we’re talking Emmys, Oscars, whatever."[5] He has hosted two episodes of Saturday Night Live.[23][24] In 2015, Hart hosted the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Kevin and Torrei Hart filed for divorce in February 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. Hart requested joint custody[26] of their two children, daughter Heaven and son Hendrix.[27] The divorce was finalized in November 2011.[28]

Hart's relationship with his father improved after the latter recovered from his addiction. Hart said, "My dad said I was supposed to be on drugs. I was like, 'Dad, shut up,' but then I thought about it, and it was stupid, but it made sense. He was saying that basically he was my example to never go down that road."[5]

Hart also talks about his mother in his stand-up routine, portraying her as a loving, yet intimidating woman. She died from cancer in 2007.[5][29]

As of August 2014, Hart is engaged to model Eniko Parrish.[30]

Arrest[edit]

On April 14, 2013, Hart was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after his black Mercedes nearly collided with a tanker truck on a Southern California freeway. Hart failed a field sobriety test and was booked for misdemeanor DUI.[31] On August 5, 2013, Hart was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol.[32]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2002 Paper Soldiers Shawn
2003 Scary Movie 3 CJ
Death of a Dynasty P-Diddy / Cop 1 / Dance Coach / Hyper Rapper / H. Lector
2004 Along Came Polly Vic
Soul Plane Nashawn Wade
2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Smart Tech Customer
In The Mix Busta
2006 Scary Movie 4 CJ
The Last Stand F Stop/G Spot
2007 Epic Movie Silas
2008 Fool's Gold Bigg Bunny
Superhero Movie Trey
Extreme Movie Barry
Meet Dave Number 17
Drillbit Taylor Pawn Shop Dealer
2009 Not Easily Broken Tree
2010 Something Like a Business JoJo
Death at a Funeral Brian
Little Fockers Nurse Louis
2011 35 and Ticking Cleavon
Let Go Kris Styles
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain Himself Stand-up film
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Doug
Think Like a Man Cedric
Exit Strategy Mannequin Head Man
2013 Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain Himself Stand-up film
This Is the End Kevin Hart
Grudge Match Dante Slate, Jr.
2014 Ride Along Ben Barber
About Last Night Bernie
Think Like a Man Too Cedric
School Dance OG Pretty Lil' Thug Uncredited role
Top Five Charles
2015 The Wedding Ringer Jimmy
Get Hard Darnell Lewis
2016 Ride Along 2 Ben Barber Filming
The Secret Life of Pets Snowball (voice) Filming
Television
Year Show Role Notes
2002–2003 Undeclared Luke 3 episodes
2004 The Big House Kevin 5 episodes
Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up special
2005 Barbershop James Ricky 3 episodes
2005–2006 Jake In Progress Nugget Dawson 2 episodes
2006 Love, Inc. James 2 episodes
Help Me Help You Kevin Episode: "Raging Bill"
2007 All of Us Greg Episode: "The B-R-E-A-K-U-P"
Wild 'n Out Various 21 episodes
2009 Party Down Dro Grizzle Episode: "Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen"
Kröd Mändoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire Zezelryck 6 episodes
Kevin Hart: I'm a Grown Little Man Himself Stand-up special
2010 Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny Himself Stand-up special
Cubed Security Guard Episode: "2.10"
2011–2012 Modern Family Andre 2 episodes
2011 BET Awards 2011 Host TV special
2012 Workaholics Kevin Episode: "To Kill a Chupacabraj"
2012 MTV Video Music Awards Host TV special
2013–present Real Husbands of Hollywood Himself Also co-creator, writer, executive producer
2013 Second Generation Wayans Himself Episode: "The Arrival"
2013–2015 Saturday Night Live Host 2 episodes
2015 Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber Host TV special

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Teen Choice Award Choice Breakout TV Star – Male The Big House Nominated
2005 BET Comedy Award Platinum Mic Viewers' Choice Nominated
2012 BET Award Best Actor Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain Won
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer Think Like a Man Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Hissy Fit Think Like A Man Nominated
2014 BET Award Best Actor Ride Along, Real Husbands of Hollywood, About Last Night Nominated
2014 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Real Husbands of Hollywood Won
2014 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Real Husbands of Hollywood Won
2014 NAACP Image Award Entertainer of the Year Won
2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Favorite Funny Star Won
2014 MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance Ride Along Nominated
2014 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo (with Ice Cube) Ride Along Nominated
2014 Acalpulco Black Film Festival Artist of the Year Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, This Is the End, Grudge Match Won
2014 Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Reality Show Real Husbands of Hollywood Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Ride Along Won
2014 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Ice Cube) Ride Along Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Ride Along Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian Won
2015 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Real Husbands of Hollywood Nominated
2015 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Real Husbands of Hollywood Nominated
2015 MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance The Wedding Ringer Nominated
2015 MTV Movie Award Comedic Genius Award Won

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