Hart attends the Sydney premiere of Ride Along in March 2014.
|Born||Kevin Darnell Hart
July 6, 1979
North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer, producer|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Torrei Hart (m. 2003–11)|
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, film, television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, black humor, surreal humor, satire|
|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|
|Notable works and roles||Real Husbands of Hollywood
Think Like a Man
About Last Night
Kevin Darnell Hart (born July 6, 1979) 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.
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. 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, 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.
Hart's first gig was at The Laff House in Philadelphia under the name of Lil Kev, which did not go well. His career suffered a slow start, as he was booed off stage several times, once even having a piece of chicken thrown at him. After those initial unsuccessful shows, Hart began entering comedy competitions throughout Massachusetts, and his fortunes soon turned for the better.
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."
Hart draws his inspiration from fellow Philadelphian Bill Cosby,. "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.
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. Hart grossed over $15 million from "Laugh At My Pain," making it one of the year's top-selling comedy tours. 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. Most overseas fans of Hart discovered him on YouTube, as well.
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.
Kevin and Torrei Hart filed for divorce in February 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. Hart requested joint custody of their two children, daughter Heaven and son Hendrix. The divorce was finalized in November 2011.
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."
As of August 2014, Hart is engaged to model Eniko Parrish.
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. 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.
Awards and honors
In 2005, he was nominated for the BET Platinum Mic Viewers' Choice Award.
Hart then hosted the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. 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. 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."
On February 22, 2014, he won 2 NAACP Image Awards including, Entertainer of the Year and Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
|2004||The Big House||Choice Breakout TV Star - Male||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2005||N/A||Platinum Mic Viewers' Choice||BET Awards||Nominated|
|2012||N/A||NBA Celebrity All-Star Game MVP||N/A||Won|||
|Think Like a Man||Best Actor||BET Awards||Won|||
|Scene Stealer: Male||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2013||N/A||NBA Celebrity-All Star Game MVP||N/A||Won|
|2014||N/A||NBA Celebrity All-Star Game MVP||N/A||Won|||
|N/A||Entertainer Of The Year||NAACP Image Awards||Won|||
|Real Husbands of Hollywood||Best Actor In A Comedy Series||NAACP Image Awards||Won|||
|2015||N/A||NBA Celebrity All-Star Game MVP||N/A||Won|||
|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|
|2008||Fool's Gold||Bigg Bunny|
|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|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Jimmy|
|Get Hard||Darnell Lewis||Post-production|
|2016||Ride Along 2||Ben Barber||Filming|
|The Secret Life of Pets||Snowball||Filming|
|TBA||The Impossible Dream||Precious McKenzie||Development|
|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|
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