How much is Chris Tucker worth?
|Net Worth:||$7 Million|
|Date of Birth:||August 31, 1971|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker is an actor and comedian who first came to prominence for his stand up comedy on Def Comedy Jam and is now best known for his role as Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour series. Though Tucker struggled to find success in the late 2000s and had financial troubles with the IRS, there was a Tucker-Renaissance in the 2010s with a successful comedy tour culminating in a Netflix special. The actor was at one point the highest paid actor in Hollywood and some of Tucker’s most popular movies include Friday, The Fifth Element, and Silver Linings Playbook.
How did Chris Tucker earn his net worth?
In his smaller roles in the early 90s, Tucker was making enough money to not have to work tirelessly in comedy clubs, as he earned $15,000 for Friday and $25,000 for Dead Presidents. The actor earned $2 million for his role in the movie Money Talks, but he saw a huge pay increase when it came to the first Rush Hour movie, as he earned a massive $3 million for his role as the misguided detective.
After Rush Hour made hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide, studios were practically throwing blank checks at Tucker. For Rush Hour 2, he earned $20 million, and for Rush Hour 3, the comedian banked $25 million. On top of that, Tucker received 20% of the gross receipts for the third entry in the series, and it is reported that he has earned around $65 million for the whole series.
Though Tucker has been able to negotiate his way in to some giant pay checks in the 90s that rival what actors are paid today, the actor has experienced some financial troubles leading him to having a much lower net worth than people expect. In 2011, tax filings revealed that Tucker owed $11 million to the IRS due to unpaid taxes between 2001 and 2005.
Why is he so famous?
Tucker originally started out testing his jokes in comedy clubs in Atlanta, but after being featured on Def Comedy Jam, he was quickly hired for roles in comedies with his debut being House Party 3 in 1994. Though that film wasn’t very successful critically, Tucker’s energy in the movie was one of its few saving graces, and it’s thanks to his role in House Party 3 that got him one of his biggest roles of his career, Smokey, Ice Cube’s sidekick in the stoner-comedy Friday. The movie was a modest success, but it has since become a cult phenomenon, making tens of millions through DVD and syndication sales, and it has gone on to have two sequels.
The next tent pole movie in Tucker’s career was a surprise left turn, especially as he was known as the goofy comic relief up to that point. In 1997, Tucker starred in the sci-fi movie The Fifth Element, directed by celebrated French director, Luc Besson, and starring Bruce Willis, who couldn’t possibly fail at the time. Tucker received heaps of praise for his role as Ruby Rhod, a television presenter with a similar personality and fashion sense to Prince. The movie was a smash hit at the box office, and it was the first of Tucker’s two successes of that year, as he also starred in Quentin Tarantino’s crime movie, Jackie Brown.
The following year saw Tucker fully break into A-list status as he costarred alongside Jackie Chan in the crime comedy Rush Hour, a film directed by Brett Ratner that combines martial arts and buddy-cop humor. The movie took the world by storm and it massively over performed at the box office. The 2001 sequel performed even better and, in total, the series has grossed over $850 million worldwide. Not only were the movies a commercial success, but they were also surprise hits amongst critics, as the movies were such a marvel that even famed film critic Roger Ebert was pleased with the action sequences and comedy timing. There have been rumors of a Rush Hour 4 for years, and in 2017, Jackie Chan approved a script after having turned down so many in the past.
In the 2010s, after Tucker had struggled with IRS fines and taxes during a hiatus from the entertainment industry, the comedian returned as big as ever. Starting in 2011 with a successful stand-up comedy tour, Tucker continued his run in 2012 by starring in a surprisingly dramatic movie, Silver Linings Playbook, costarring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which went to become an Academy Award winning film. In 2015, Tucker released the stand-up special, simply titled Chris Tucker – Live, and in 2016, he starred in the war drama, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
What makes him so successful?
Though Tucker has said he’s successful because he’s “good at making people laugh”, there’s a lot more that his success can be attributed to than that. Tucker is energetic and fast talking, as his peers have noted that he has a “motor mouth”, talking quicker than he thinks. When him and Jackie Chan first met, Chan has claimed he was confused as to why Tucker wouldn’t stop talking. And his high pitched voice makes him appear to seem more animated than he is, which has helped with his comedy routines on stage and score roles as the comic relief in comedy movies like Friday and Rush Hour.
Tucker is never satisfied, as he’s always looking to the next challenge. He has said in the past that he is constantly striving to become better and never settling. The actor and comedian has always stated that people should invest in themselves, not other things because there’s nothing people know more than themselves, and if that’s the case, then people can’t fail. And with that said, Tucker welcomes new experiences. If it wasn’t for these rules that he lives by, it may not have been him appearing in The Fifth Element or Rush Hour, as both movies required him to stray outside of his comfort zone.
Though he has his fair share of run of the mill comedies, Tucker’s success and fame is something that can’t be imitated, as he is one of the few comedians willing to put themselves in uncomfortable situations for the entertainment of audiences. Thanks to his performances in the Rush Hour movies, Tucker enjoyed a net worth of tens of millions of dollars at the height of his powers. However, Tucker’s net worth currently sits at an estimated $7 million due to financial difficulties with the IRS. The comedian doesn’t have any projects currently in the works, but chances of a Rush Hour 4 or another Friday follow up are still possible.