1. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s.
2. He also developed, wrote, narrated, and executive produced the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris .
3. Rock hosted the 77th Academy Awards in 2005 and returned as host for the 88th ceremony in 2016.Rock has won two Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards.
4. He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central.
5. A few years later, they relocated and settled in the working-class area of Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. are also in the entertainment business.
6. His older half-brother, Charles, died in 2006 after a long struggle with alcoholism.
7. Rock was bused to schools in predominately white neighborhoods of Brooklyn, where he endured bullying and beatings from white students. He decided to drop out of high school altogether, but he later earned a GED.
8. Upon seeing his act at a nightclub, Eddie Murphy befriended and mentored the aspiring comic.
9. Murphy gave Rock his first film role in Beverly Hills Cop II.
10. Rock became a cast member of the popular sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1990.
11. He and other new cast members Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade became known as the Bad Boys of SNL. In 1991, he released his first comedy album, Born Suspect and won acclaim for his role as a crack addict in the film New Jack City.
12. A frustrated Rock left Saturday Night Live in 1993, appearing instead as a special guest star on the predominantly African-American sketch show In Living Color.
13. He wrote and starred in the mockumentary CB4 but the film was not a success.
14. Acting jobs became scarce, and Rock abandoned Hollywood to concentrate on stand-up comedy.
15. Rock starred in his first HBO comedy special in 1994 titled Big Ass Jokes.
16. Rock later had two more HBO comedy specials: Bigger & Blacker in 1999, and Never Scared in 2004.