Kevin Hart, born on July 6, 1979, started his career by performing stand-up comedy routines and winning comedy competitions at New England comedy clubs. Hart has since become one of the United States’ most famous and well-loved comedians and comedy actors. He achieved commercial success with comedic films such as “Scary Movie 3” (2003), “Think Like a Man” (2012), and “Ride Along” (2014), as well as various comedy albums released between 2008 and 2013. Celebrate the iconic comedian’s life and career on his birthday with us.
Kevin Darnell Hart is a legendary figure in the world of comedy, and his genuine, poignant, yet hilarious brand of comedy has captivated millions of fans worldwide. Although his sense of humor may not be for everyone, he has established himself as an accomplished and well-respected comedian among a wide audience spanning many demographics. Hart was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 6, 1979. His zodiac sign is Cancer. Hart is the son of Nancy Hart and Henry Witherspoon. His father struggled with drug addiction for most of the actor’s life, so he was raised solely by his mother. Hart has stated that he used humor as a coping mechanism to deal with his troubled and frequently turbulent upbringing. Although his mother worked at the University of Pennsylvania, Hart studied at the Community College of Philadelphia for a brief period before relocating to New York City and then Brockton, Massachusetts. After performing at an amateur comedy night at The Laff House comedy club in his home state of Pennsylvania, he decided to pursue a career in comedy.
Despite his first show being a relative failure, Hart was undeterred and continued to work on his routines. His performances gradually improved and he won several comedy competitions in Massachusetts. In 2009, he began touring with acts such as ‘I’m a Grown Little Man,’ ‘Seriously Funny’ (2010), ‘Laugh at My Pain’ (2011), and ‘Let Me Explain’ (2013). ‘Laugh at My Pain’ earned Hart more than $15 million, making it one of the best-selling comedy tours in 2011. In between these tours, Hart starred in block-buster comedy films like “Soul Plane” (2004), in which he co-starred with rapper Snoop Dogg, and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005), in which he co-starred with comedic heavyweights such as Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Seth Rogen. Owing to the popularity and success of the reality T.V. show, “Real Housewives,” Hart and fellow actor Chris Spencer created the spin-off series “Real Husbands of Hollywood” in 2013. Unlike “Real Housewives,” the celebrity husbands played fictionalized characters of themselves, parodying the original show. In 2017, Hart launched his comedy production and streaming service, “Laugh Out Loud Network,” in partnership with the film production company Lionsgate.
In addition to his illustrious film and stand-up careers, Hart is a skilled M.C. who has hosted several award ceremonies, including the BET Awards in 2011 and the MTV Video Music Awards in 2012. He’s also had the coveted honor of hosting the famous comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” on several occasions. Besides being a comedic star, he is also a musician signed to the record label Motown Records under the musical stage name Chocolate Droppa. In June 2021, he diversified his acting portfolio by starring in the Netflix drama series “Fatherhood,” in which he plays a widower and single father. The actor will continue his career with Netflix, having signed a first-look deal for a heist film entitled “Lift” directed by F. Gary Gray, who also directed “The Italian Job” (2003) and “Straight Outta Compton” (2015).
The comedian begins his professional acting career, starring in the film “Paper Soldiers.”
The comedian and actor finds commercial comedy film success with his role in “Scary Movie 3.”
Hart's stand-up career takes off after years of unsuccessful stand-up gigs with his comedy tour ‘I'm a Grown Little Man.’
The actor co-creates “Real Husbands of Hollywood”, a parody of the hit reality T.V. series “Real Housewives.”
The actor demonstrates the true extent of his acting chops by starring in the Netflix drama series “Fatherhood.”
Why We Love Kevin Hart
He’s a doting father
The comedian has four children — two sons and two daughters. His oldest son and oldest daughter both have names starting with ‘H’ (Heaven and Hendrix) and his younger son and daughter both have names starting with ‘K’ (Kenzo and Kaori). He’s recently taught Heaven, 16, how to drive. He often shares stories about fatherhood and raising children in his stand-up comedy routines.
He’s a philanthropist
He founded a charity called Help from the Hart. The organization aims to give young people an opportunity to pursue their education.
He has had good relationships with his parents
Despite his father being absent for most of the comedian’s life, Hart chose to foster a relationship with his dad. He was very close with his mother, who passed away from cancer in 2007.
5 Surprising Facts
He’s deathly afraid of bugs
While working on “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” in the Hawaiian jungle, Hart had to overcome his fear of bugs pretty quickly.
He wanted to be a basketball player
Before he discovered comedy was his true passion, he wanted to play for the N.B.A.
Hart plays poker competitively
In addition to stand-up comedy and acting, he makes some extra cash on the side by playing in major poker tournaments.
He’s also a pretty face
In 2017, the comedian modeled underwear for Macy’s.
Hart hates dolphins
In addition to insects, the comedian can’t tolerate aquatic mammals.
Kevin Hart FAQs
Who is Kevin Hart’s wife?
Hart is married to Eniko Parrish, an aspiring model and actress.
How much does Hart get paid?
Since 2017, the actor has earned approximately $50 million a year.
What companies does Kevin Hart own?
The comedian owns Laugh Out Loud, a comedy production and streaming company.
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