July 6, 1979 |
North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Singer|
|Spouse(s)||Torrei Hart (m. 2003–2011)|
|Children||Heaven Leigh Hart (b. 2005)
Hendrix Hart (b. 2008)
Kevin D. Hart (born July 6, 1979)12 is an American actor and comedian. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series lasted only one season, but he soon landed other roles in movies like Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, Think Like a Man, Little Fockers and Soul Plane. His comedic reputation continued to grow with the release of his first stand-up album I'm a Grown Little Man in 2008. This was followed by Seriously Funny in 2010, and in 2011 Laugh at My Pain. He currently stars as himself in the lead role of Real Husbands of Hollywood.3
Kevin Hart was born on July 6, 1979, in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised by his single mother, Nancy, and has one older brother, Robert Hart. His father, Henry, a cocaine addict, was in and out of jail throughout most of Kevin's childhood. Kevin used his natural ability to make people laugh as a coping mechanism to deal with his family struggles and to stay out of trouble.4 After attending George Washington High School in Northeast Philadelphia, he moved to New York City to attend community college,5 graduating two years later. He then moved to Brockton, Massachusetts and found work as a shoe salesman. He began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy after performing at an amateur night at a club in Philadelphia.6
Hart's first gig was at The Laff House in Philadelphia under the name of Lil Kev, which didn't go well.7 His career suffered a slow start, as he was booed off stage several times, once even having a piece of chicken thrown at him.8 After those initial unsuccessful shows, Hart began entering comedy competitions throughout Massachusetts, and his fortunes soon turned for the better.5
It took time for Hart to develop a unique comedic style. After an early period of attempting to imitate comedians like Chris Tucker, he found his own rhythm by delving into his insecurities and life experiences. "Because of what I do, it has to be an open book," he has said. "But right now this is a book that is being written."8
Hart draws his inspiration from role models like fellow Philadelphian Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Dave Chappelle.8 He strives to combine the best qualities of all these men into his own act. "When you talk about your flaws, people gravitate towards you," Hart said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "I'm just not that manly man." This humility may be somewhat attributed to his short stature, since he is only five feet, four inches tall.2
Hart's comedy tours began in 2009 with his act titled "I'm a Grown Little Man," followed by "Seriously Funny" in 2010, "Laugh At My Pain" in 2011, and most recently, his TV special titled "Let Me Explain" in 2013.7 Hart grossed over $15 million from "Laugh At My Pain," making it one of the year's top-selling comedy tours.4 Hart also has a game available through iTunes called "Little Jumpman." His Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel are all connected to and accessible through this app.6 Most overseas fans of Hart discovered him on YouTube, as well.9
It was announced in October 2013 that ABC will be making a 30 minute pilot based on Hart's stand-up act. Hart does not plan to star in the sitcom, but does plan on having a recurring role.10
On May 22, 2003, Hart married Torrei Hart and they had two children, Heaven Leigh and Hendrix. In February 2010 the couple filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Hart requested joint custody; looking to prevent Torrei from receiving money in the divorce, due to the fact that she is a comedian herself with sufficient income to support herself. The pair's relationship troubles have made their way into both of their stand-up acts. Even though negative remarks were made about one another during the course of the divorce proceedings, Hart says there are no hard feelings, stating, "We just didn't work out, but we're friends."11
Hart's relationship with his father is much better now that the latter has recovered from his addiction. He said in an interview with The New York Times, "My dad said I was supposed to be on drugs. I was like, 'Dad, shut up,' but then I thought about it, and it was stupid, but it made sense. He was saying that basically he was my example to never go down that road."7
Hart also talks about his mother in his stand-up routine, portraying her as a loving, yet intimidating woman. In 2006 she succumbed to cancer.7
On April 14, 2013, Hart was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after his black Mercedes nearly collided with a tanker truck on a Southern California freeway. Hart failed a field sobriety test and was booked for misdemeanor DUI.12 On August 5, 2013, Hart was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol.13
In 2005, he was nominated for the BET Platinum Mic Viewers' Choice Award.
In 2012 Hart was named MVP of the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game regardless of the fact that he was ejected in the fourth quarter for cursing at the referee and taking off one of his shoes and throwing the other across the court. He scored eight points and had six assists in the game.14
Hart then hosted the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. His longtime friend Judd Apatow, the director who gave him his first big on-screen break in the TV series Undeclared, was the one who recommended him for the gig.2 Hart hopes that this will project him further into a side career as an emcee, stating, "Hopefully after MTV, of course we’re talking Emmys, Oscars, whatever."7
|2004||The Big House||Choice Breakout TV Star - Male||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2005||N/A||Platinum Mic Viewers' Choice||BET Awards||Nominated|
|2012||N/A||NBA Celebrity All-Star Game MVP||N/A||Won||14|
|Think Like a Man||Best Actor||BET Awards||Won||15|
|Scene Stealer: Male||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2013||N/A||NBA Celebrity-All Star Game MVP||N/A||Won|
|2003||Scary Movie 3||CJ|
|Death of a Dynasty||P-Diddy / Cop 1 / Dance Coach / Hyper Rapper / H. Lector|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Vic|
|Soul Plane||Nashawn Wade|
|2005||The 40-Year-Old Virgin||Smart Tech Customer|
|In The Mix||Busta|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||CJ|
|2006||The Last Stand||F Stop/G Spot|
|2008||Fool's Gold||Bigg Bunny|
|Meet Dave||Number 17|
|Drillbit Taylor||Pawn Shop Dealer|
|2009||Party Down||Dro Grizzle|
|Not Easily Broken||Tree|
|Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire||Zezelryck|
|I'm A Grown Little Man||Himself|
|2010||Something Like a Business||JoJo|
|Death at a Funeral||Brian|
|Little Fockers||Nurse Louis|
|2011||35 and Ticking||Cleavon|
|Let Go||Kris Styles|
|The Precious One||Precious McKenzie|
|Laugh at My Pain||Himself|
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Doug|
|Think Like a Man||Cedric||Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit|
|Exit Strategy||Mannequin Head Man|
|2013||Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain||Himself|
|This Is the End||Himself|
|2014||Grudge Match||Dante Slate, Jr.|
|Ride Along||Ben Barber|
|About Last Night||Bernie|
|Think Like a Man Too||Cedric|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer|
|2001||North Hollywood (movie)||Himself|
|2002||Class of '06 (movie)||Tony|
|2004||The Big House||Kevin|
|2005||Wild 'n Out (TV series)||Himself|
|2005||Jake In Progress||Nugget Dawson|
|2006||Help Me Help You||Kevin|
|2007||The Weekend (movie)||Miles|
|2007||All of Us||Greg|
|2009||Party Down||Dro Grizzle|
|2009||Kröd Mändoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire||Zezelryck|
|2011||Untitled Burr and Hart Project (movie)|
|2011||Little in Common (movie)||Ty Burleson|
|2013||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Himself|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Himself|
|2013||Wild 'n Out (TV series)||Himself|
- "I appreciate all of the B Day love people but my B Day isn't until July 6th". Twitter. July 3, 2013.
- Weiner, Jonah (31). "VMA 2012 Host Kevin Hart Is Judd Apatow's Favorite Vertically Challenged Comic". Rolling Stone (Rolling Stone's Big Issue). Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- Cummings, Jozen. "Career Breakdown: Kevin Hart's Long, Complicated, Hit-and-Miss-and-Hit-Again Path to Stardom". Grantland. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
- Pullen, Doug (October 18, 2012). "Kevin who? Comedian Kevin Hart's soaring career emerges from under the radar". El Paso Times. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Johnson, Keosha. "TheGrio's 100: Kevin Hart, Philly comedian sees the humor in life experiences". NBC. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- "About Kevin Hart". Comedy Central. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Itzkoff, Dave (October 18, 2012). "Life Sends Lemons? Make Comedy". The New York Times. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Gomez, Luis (October 18, 2012). "Interview: Kevin Hart not shy about past flubs". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Claudia Puig (July 2, 2013). "Kevin Hart's 'Let Me Explain' is too heavy on the 'me'". USA Today. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- Lacey Rose (October 7, 2013). "Kevin Hart Comedy Snapped Up by ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- "Kevin Hart Divorce: Talks Split On 'The Rosie Show'". Huffington Post. January 20, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- "Drunken driving arrest a 'wake-up' call, comedian Kevin Hart says", CNN, April 15, 2013.
- Comedian Kevin Hart Pleads No Contest To DUI
- James, Michael. "Kevin Hart ejected from NBA Celeb Game, still named MVP". Holdout Sports. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- "The Evolution of Kevin Hart Part 2". BET. January 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013.