Chris Tucker

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Tucker in March 2012

Christopher "Chris" Tucker (born August 31, 1971) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is known for playing the role of Smokey in Friday and as Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. Tucker became a frequent stand up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s. He has also appeared in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element, for which he received acclaim.


  • You got to control your own destiny. You got to keep writin' different stuff. Keep switchin' up and never do the same thing too many times.
    • Quoted in: Joseph Fried (2008). Democrats and Republicans--rhetoric and Reality. p. 247

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