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Chris Rock catches foul ball at Yankees game, gives it away

Chris Rock catches foul ball at Yankees game, gives it away

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) --Chris Rock was at the Yankees-Astros game with actor Bobby Cannavale on Thursday when a foul ball made its way into their seats.
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Robin Thicke performs emotional ballad in honor of estranged wife at BET Awards

Robin Thicke performs emotional ballad in honor of estranged wife at BET Awards

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) --Recording artist Robin Thicke dedicated his performance of "Forever Love" at the BET awards to estranged wife Paula Patton.
Evan Bleier
Aol releases four episodes of new Steve Buscemi show 'Park Bench' [WATCH]

Aol releases four episodes of new Steve Buscemi show 'Park Bench' [WATCH]

NEW YORK, May 15 (UPI) --Aol has released the first four episodes of its new talking show starring Steve Buscemi, "Park Bench."
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Chris Rock to host the 2014 BET Awards

Chris Rock to host the 2014 BET Awards

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) --Comedian and actor Chris Rock will serve as the host for the 2014 BET Awards.
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'Movie 43,' 'After Earth' earn three Razzie Awards apiece

'Movie 43,' 'After Earth' earn three Razzie Awards apiece

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- The critically panned, box-office duds "Movie 43" and "After Earth" each earned three Golden Raspberry Awards in Los Angeles Saturday night.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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'Grown Ups 2' tops movies-on-demand list

'Grown Ups 2' tops movies-on-demand list

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The ensemble comedy "Grown Ups 2," starring Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Kevin James, is the No. 1 movie-on-demand in the United States, Rentrak announced.

'Despicable' again tops at box office with $44.75 million

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) -- The animated "Despicable Me 2," with the voice of Steve Carell, was No. 1 at the box office for the second weekend with $44.754 million in receipts.
Chris Rock posts online photo of himself with Eminem in a studio

Chris Rock posts online photo of himself with Eminem in a studio

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Chris Rock posted a photo on his WhoSay account of himself and rapper Eminem in a recording studio.
Dave Chappelle talks possible comedy tour with Chris Rock

Dave Chappelle talks possible comedy tour with Chris Rock

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- Dave Chappelle gave a surprise standup show at New York's Comedy Cellar and joked with audience member, and fellow comedian, Chris Rock about touring together.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
By United Press International
Chris Rock settles with Hungarian model

Chris Rock settles with Hungarian model

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Chris Rock reached a settlement this week with a Hungarian model who had claimed the actor raped her and fathered her child, a lawyer said.
Foxx, Aniston urge gun control in PSA

Foxx, Aniston urge gun control in PSA

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Dozens of celebrities, including Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston, appeared in a public service announcement asking U.S. citizens to demand tougher gun control.
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Stars line up for Eddie Murphy salute

Stars line up for Eddie Murphy salute

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson and Tracy Morgan are to appear in "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only," a tribute to be taped in Los Angeles next month, Spike TV said.
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Chris Rock performs in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on February 11, 2008. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock III (born February 7, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. He was voted in the US as the 5th greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central. He was also voted in the UK as the 9th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the 8th greatest stand-up comic.

Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. A few years later, they relocated and settled in the working-class area of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. His mother, Rosalie (née Tingman), was a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped; his father, Julius Rock, was a former truck driver and newspaper deliveryman. Julius died in 1988 after ulcer surgery. His younger brothers Tony, Kenny and Jordan are also in the entertainment business. His older half-brother, Charles, died in 2006 due to a long struggle with alcoholism. Rock has said that he was influenced by the performing style of his paternal grandfather, Allen Rock, a preacher.

Rock was bused to schools in predominately white neighborhoods of Brooklyn where he endured bullying and beatings from white students. As he got older, the bullying became worse and Rock's parents pulled him out of James Madison High School. He decided to drop out of high school altogether and later received a GED. Rock worked menial jobs at various fast-food restaurants.

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