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Chris Tucker Net Worth

Chris Tucker Net Worth
Net Worth$3,000,000
NameChristopher Tucker
Date of Birth/AgeAugust 31, 1971 (age 48)
State/City of originAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Occupation(s) Stand-up, film, television.

Net Worth

Chris Tucker’s net worth is $3 million.

How Did Chris Tucker Make His Money?

Tucker is an actor and comedian who came to stardom for his roles in several Jackie Chan movies that blended action and comedy.

His most famous roles include Smokey in the cult hit Friday and as Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour movies. He also starred in the Luc Besson sci-fi The Fifth Element, Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and Silver Linings Playbook.


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Tucker was a star on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam before turning to movies.

He has stated that stand-up comedy opened all the doors of success for him. It led to movie roles and television work. It also kept his talent sharp, he said.

Chris Tucker Quick Facts

  • He was born on August 31, 1971, in Atlanta.
  • He is 6 foot 1.


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Tucker was born in Atlanta to Norris and Mary Louise Tucker. His father owned a janitorial business and his mother took care of the family’s six children. The family lived in Decatur, Georgia.

Early Life

Tucker was the youngest of six children. He has said in later interviews that he learned to use comedy to attract his busy parents’ attention.


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When he graduated from high school, he decided to pursue a career in comedy and acting. He moved to Los Angeles and began auditioning for work.

Comedy Career

Tucker began appearing as a stand-up comedian in various Los Angeles nightclubs. In 1992, he was invited to appear on the Def Comedy Jam show.

He made frequent appearances on the show. His popularity as a performer led to his first movie role.


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First Roles

In 1993, Tucker appeared in his first movie, House Party 3. He then starred with Ice Cube in the movie Friday.

He went on to star in several well-reviewed movies including Money Talks with Charlie Sheen, The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown.


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Rush Hour

In 1998, he had his breakthrough role when he was cast as detective James Carter in the action comedy Rush Hour. He starred with Chinese martial arts hero Jackie Chan.

Rush Hour was a huge hit, smashing box office records and making stars of the two leads. The success of the movie led to Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3.

After seeing how well the movies did, Tucker asked for a $20 million salary to star in Rush Hour 3. That was a huge amount for an actor who had only made a handful of movies.


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He got $25 million and a percentage of the gross. At the time, that made him the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.


In 1997, Tucker announced that he had become a born-again Christian. He had been raised in a devout Pentecostal household, and he now thought it was wise to return to his religious roots.

Because of his conversion, he refused to star in the sequels to Friday, Next Friday and Friday After Next.


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Video Appearances

Tucker was a close friend of the late Michael Jackson. In 2001, he appeared in the video for Jackson’s “You Rock My World.

He also appeared in the videos for “California Love” with Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre, “Shake It Off” with Mariah Carey and “Feel So Good” with Mase.


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Return to Stand-Up

In 2011, Tucker announced that he was returning stand-up, but would continue making movies. He has been touring ever since.

At present, Chris Tucker’s net worth is $3 million.

He has appeared in clubs across the country, including a 2019 appearance at the Hard Rock Café’ in Las Vegas.

Other Roles

Tucker has continued working steadily in movies. In 2007, he was cast as the lead in Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra, a movie about the life of Sinatra’s personal valet.


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In 2012, he played Danny McDaniel in the hit movie Silver Linings Playbook.

In 2016, he had a major role in the Ang Lee war movie Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

Financial Troubles

Despite starring in these blockbuster movies and getting well-paid to do so, Tucker experienced a series of serious financial setbacks.

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Tucker failed to pay the correct taxes for several years. In 2005, he was over $11 million in debt.

The IRS stated that he owed back taxes for the years 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.


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He also owed over $4 million on his Florida home, and stated publicly that he didn’t have the money to pay his mortgage.

In 2014, Tucker settled his debt with the IRS. He was able to keep his home in Florida. His financial troubles dealt a major blow to his net worth, but he is still at a healthy $3 million.

Current Status

During a 2019 interview about his Las Vegas appearance, Tucker revealed that he and several Las Vegas casinos were discussing a possible comedy residency for Tucker.


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He also said that he would consider doing another Friday movie if the situation arose.

In early 2019, Tucker and Chan announced that they were developing a script for Rush Hour 4.


Tucker was previously married to actress Azja Pryor. He had a son with her named Destin.

Tucker and Jackie Chan became close friends on their first movie together. Tucker still counts Chan as a close friend.

In a 2019 interview, he said, “We became good friends while we were filming those movies. Every time he’s over in the states, we try to get together, and I’ve visited him over the years, too.

We love working with each other and I think we became a great team. It was a blessing.”

Favorite Quotes from Chris Tucker

“I told a joke, and people laughed, and it was the best feeling in the world. I never knew I could get such a high from telling a joke. There’s something extraordinary about having people listening to you and hanging onto your words. It’s a great feeling.”

“I will always do stand-up, even if my acting career takes off. Stand-up is my life.”

“Comedy comes from a place of hurt. Charlie Chaplin was broke and starving in London, and that’s where he got the idea of the tramp. It’s a bad situation that he transformed into a comedic one.”


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Success Tips from Chris Tucker

1.”Comedy is healing, and it’s giving. That’s why I want to work.”

2.“Just believe in yourself, and work really hard. When doors open for you, take advantage of every opportunity you have.”

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