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Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart
Hart attends the Sydney premiere of Ride Along in March 2014.
Born (1979-07-06) July 6, 1979
North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, producer
Years active 2000–present
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Spouse(s) Torrei Hart (m. 2003–11)
Children 2
Comedy career
Medium Stand-up comedy, film, television
Genres Observational comedy, black humor, blue comedy, 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[2]
Notable works and roles Real Husbands of Hollywood
Think Like a Man
Ride Along
About Last Night

Kevin Hart (born July 6,[3] 1979)[4] 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). His 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.[5]

Early life

Kevin Hart was born on July 6, 1979, in New York City to attend community college,[7] 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.[8]

Stand-up career

Hart's first gig was at The Laff House in Philadelphia under the name of Lil Kev, which didn't go well.[4] His career suffered a slow start, as he was booed off stage several times, once even having a piece of chicken thrown at him.[2] After those initial unsuccessful shows, Hart began entering comedy competitions throughout Massachusetts, and his fortunes soon turned for the better.[7]

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."[2]

Hart draws his inspiration from role models like fellow Philadelphian Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Dave Chappelle.[2] He strives to combine the best qualities of all these men into his own act. "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.[1]

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.[4] Hart grossed over $15 million from "Laugh At My Pain," making it one of the year's top-selling comedy tours.[6] 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.[8] Most overseas fans of Hart discovered him on YouTube, as well.[9]

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.[10]

Personal life

Hart and comedian Torrei Hart filed for divorce in February 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. Hart requested joint custody[11] of their two children, daughter Heaven and son Hendrix.[12] The divorce was finalized in November 2011.[13]

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."[4]

Hart also talks about his mother in his stand-up routine, portraying her as a loving, yet intimidating woman. In 2006, she died from cancer.[4]

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.[14] 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.[15]

As of August 2014, Hart is engaged to model Eniko Parrish.[16]

Awards and honors

In 2005, he was nominated for the BET Platinum Mic Viewers' Choice Award.

In 2012 Hart was named MVP of the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game regardless of the fact that he was ejected in the fourth quarter for cursing at the referee and taking off one of his shoes and throwing the other across the court. He scored eight points and had six assists in the game.[17]

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.[1] 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."[4]

In 2012, Hart won a Best Actor trophy at the BET Awards for his performance in the box-office hit movie Think Like a Man.

On February 22, 2014, he won 2 NAACP Image Awards including, Entertainer of the Year and Best Actor in a Comedy Series.[18]

Awards and nominations for Kevin Hart
Year Work Category Award Show Result Ref
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 [17]
Think Like a Man Best Actor BET Awards Won [19]
Scene Stealer: Male Teen Choice Awards Nominated
Hissy Fit 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 [17]
N/A Entertainer Of The Year NAACP Image Awards Won [18]
Real Husbands of Hollywood Best Actor In A Comedy Series NAACP Image Awards Won [18]


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
2006 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
The Precious One Precious McKenzie
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain Himself Stand-up film
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Doug
Think Like a Man Cedric Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit
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
2015 The Wedding Ringer Jimmy
Get Hard Filming
2016 Ride Along 2 Ben Barber Filming
2017 Captain Underpants George Beard Voice
Year Show Role Notes
2002 Undeclared Luke 3 episodes
2004 The Big House Kevin 5 episodes
2005 Barbershop James Ricky 3 episodes
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"
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 Modern Family Andre 2 episodes
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"
Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Kevin Hart/Macklemore and Ryan Lewis"


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  2. ^ a b c d Gomez, Luis (October 18, 2012). "Interview: Kevin Hart not shy about past flubs". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "I appreciate all of the B Day love people but my B Day isn't until July 6th". Twitter. July 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Itzkoff, Dave (October 18, 2012). "Life Sends Lemons? Make Comedy".  
  5. ^ Cummings, Jozen. "Career Breakdown: Kevin Hart's Long, Complicated, Hit-and-Miss-and-Hit-Again Path to Stardom". Grantland. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Pullen, Doug (October 18, 2012). "Kevin who? Comedian Kevin Hart's soaring career emerges from under the radar". El Paso Times. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Keosha. "TheGrio's 100: Kevin Hart, Philly comedian sees the humor in life experiences". NBC. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "About Kevin Hart". Comedy Central. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ Claudia Puig (July 2, 2013). "'"Kevin Hart's 'Let Me Explain' is too heavy on the 'me. USA Today. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Lacey Rose (October 7, 2013). "Kevin Hart Comedy Snapped Up by ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "'"Kevin Hart Divorce: Talks Split On 'The Rosie Show. January 20, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ Sangweni, Yolanda (February 3, 2014). "Photo Fab: Kevin Hart Takes Daughter to First Father-Daughter Dance".  
  13. ^ "Kevin Hart: I'm Divorced, And Still Rich!".  
  14. ^ "Drunken driving arrest a 'wake-up' call, comedian Kevin Hart says", CNN, April 15, 2013.
  15. ^ "Comedian Kevin Hart Pleads No Contest To DUI". CBS Los Angeles. August 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ Loinaz, Alexis L. (August 19, 2014). "Kevin Hart Is Engaged to Eniko Parrish – Watch the Sweet Proposal (video)". People. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c James, Michael. "Kevin Hart ejected from NBA Celeb Game, still named MVP". Holdout Sports. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c "NAACP Image Awards: Kevin Hart Named Entertainer of the Year, ’12 Years’ Best Pic". Variety. February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Evolution of Kevin Hart Part 2". BET. January 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 

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