Chris Rock

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Chris Rock has been making roomfuls of people laugh for more than three decades.

And yet, he hasn't aged a day.

"I'll be 55 in a couple of weeks," Rock acknowledged last month at the Television Critics Association press tour, where he sat in on the Fargo panel with creator Noah Hawley. "Black don't crack. Money is the best lotion in the world."

Well, 55 is upon him today, and looking at photos of Rock through the years is a lot like looking at photos of someone all taken in one year.

It's win-win for all involved that the veteran comedian-actor-producer-director-writer still has the bloom of youth about him, the better for him to stay so busy.

But under the still-glossy surface is one of the hardest-working entertainers plying his trade today, someone who in his considerable time in the spotlight has offered up some of the best sociopolitical commentary of a generation, simultaneously informing and cracking us up, and—in recent years especially—revealing the flawed human within who's made his share of mistakes along with that boatload of Netflix money.

So here are 55 things to know about Chris Rock:

Chris Rock, Young, School Photo

Chris Rock, Dad, Siblings

Chris Rock, Mom, Brothers

Chris Rock, Tyler James Williams, Everybody Hates Chris

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Chris Rock, Circa 1989

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Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Beverly Hills Cop II

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Chris Rock, Im Gonna Git You Sucka


Chris Rock, Chris Farley, Saturday Night Live, 1991

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Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, 2019 Saturday Night Live

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Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, 2019 Saturday Night Live

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Chris Rock, Big Ass Jokes


Chris Rock, Malaak Compton-Rock, 1994

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Bill Maher, Chris Rock, 2004 Emmy Awards HBO After Party

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Chris Rock, 1997 Emmy Awards

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Chris Rock, Never Scared


Chris Rock, 1998 Grammy Awards


Chris Rock, Head of State


Chris Rock, Good Hair

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Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, 1998

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David Spade, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Grown Ups

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Chris Rock

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TIFF Films, Top Five

Chris Rock, Malaak Compton-Rock

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Malaak Compton-Rock, Lola Rock, Savannah Rock, Chris Rock

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Amy Schumer, Live at the Apollo


Chris Rock, Girl Scotts, 2016 Oscars, Academy Awards

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Chris Rock, Barack Obama

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Chris Rock

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Chris Rock, Megalyn Echikunwoke, 2016 Emmy Awards, Couples

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Chris Rock, Tamborine


Rose Rock, Chris Rock, Zahra Savannah Rock, Lola Simone Rock, Kids' Choice Awards

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Chris Rock, Zahra Savannah Rock, Jingle Ball 2016

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Noah Hawley, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Fargo TCA Panel

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Chris Rock, NAACP Image Awards

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Also being published this fall is My First Black Boyfriend, a compilation of Rock's essays about race and relationships, his first book since 1997's Rock This!

But while the wisdom has compounded, did we mention that he's not visibly aging?

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