Who is Dave Chappelle?
Dave Chappelle is a quite multi-talented personality – he is not only a writer, producer and an actor, but also an American stand-up comedian who is probably best known for his former TV comedy series named “Chappelle’s Show”. Chappelle is also widely recognized for his on-camera acting appearances, such as in the TV series “Buddies” as well as in movies including “Con Air” (1997), “Half Baked” (1998) and “200 Cigarettes” (1999) to name a few.
Dave Chappelle’s Early Life and Childhood
David Khari Webber Chappelle was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo on 24th August 1973, in Washington D.C., the youngest of three children in the family of Harvard University’s professor Yvonne K. Chappelle Seon, and Antioch College professor and statistician William David Chappelle III. He is of American nationality as well as of African-American ethnicity, and although a native of Washington, D.C., David was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he gained went to Woodlin Elementary School. Due to his parent’s divorce, he split his teenage years between D.C. where he lived with his mother, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he spent his summer vacations with his father. Dave Chappelle later enrolled at the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., from which he matriculated in 1991, majoring in theatre arts.
Dave Chappelle’s Career
Dave began his career in the entertainment business in 1991, when he made a name for himself by circulating through the New York City’s comedy clubs scene. After being critically praised for appearing in an episode of HBO’s television comedy series “Def Comedy Jam” in 1992, Chappelle began regularly guest-starring in several other popular TV shows, including “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “The Late Show With David Letterman”, as well as “The Howard Stern Show” and “Politically Incorrect”. With his popularity on the rise, Dave made his debut acting appearance in the supporting role of Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’ 1993 comedy movie “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”. In the course of the next several years, he honed his acting and comedy skills, and in 1996 Dave appeared briefly alongside Eddie Murphy in the movie comedy “The Nutty Professor”, followed by an appearance in 1997 thriller movie “Con Air”. By the end of the 1990s, Chappelle had made a handful of other big screen appearances, including in one of the cult ‘stoner movies’ “Half Baked” (1997) for which he also co-wrote the scenario, the 1998 Golden Globe-nominated comedy drama movie “You’ve Got Mail”, and the 1999 action movie “Blue Streak”, with Martin Lawrence in the main role.
In 2003 Dave launched his own comedy show simply named “Chappelle’s Show”, which aired weekly on Comedy Central, and consisted of short sketches parodying various themes from American everyday life and culture, speaking about the pop culture, racism and its stereotypes, and politics to name a few. The show aired for three seasons before it was called off in 2006, when Chappelle turned down a contract worth $50 million in order to focus on his stand-up comedy career. For these efforts, Dave was honored with two nominations for the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award in 2004.
Dave Chappelle’s Career since the mid-2000s
In 2005, Dave served as the producer and the main star of a documentary movie entitled “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party”, which tells the story about him hosting a free block party in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of New York City’s borough of Brooklyn. In addition to Dave’s comedy skits and sketches, the concert featured several big names from the world of music, including Mos Def, The Roots, Kanye West, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. The movie was a genuine commercial success, earning $12.1 million at the box office. Between 2009 and 2010, Chappelle toured a chain of popular US comedy clubs named Laugh Factory, which resulted in a series of eponymous media releases.
In 2015 Dave Chappelle appeared as Morris in Spike Lee’s comedy movie “Chi-Raq”, then in 2017 he made a deal with Netflix to release a streak of comedy specials, worth $20 million per special.
Although initially planned to be three, the deal was later extended to four releases – “The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits” released in March 2017, and “Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation” and “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity” which were released in December 2017, and earned him the Primetime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Variety Special in 2018. The latest acting appearance by Dave was his portrayal of George ‘Noodles’ Stone in the music drama movie “A Star Is Born”, with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the leading roles.
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— Dave Chappelle (@ChappeIIeShow) August 23, 2018
Dave Chappelle’s Personal Life
Dave married Elaine Mendoza Erfe in 2001, with whom he has welcomed sons named Sulayman and Ibrahim, and a daughter named Sonal. With his family, Chappelle resides on his 65-acre estate in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Since 1998 Dave has been a follower of the Islamic religion.
Dave Chappelle’s Net Worth
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this American actor and comedian has accumulated so far? How rich Dave Chappelle is? According to authoritative sources, it is estimated that the total of Dave Chappelle’s net worth, as of early 2019, revolves around the sum of $35 million, acquired through his career in the entertainment industry that has been active for almost three decades, since 1991.