Kevin Hart is a renowned American stand-up comedian, actor and producer. Kevin Hart was raised in the 6th most-populous city in the United States of America, Philadelphia, which is located in Pennsylvania. His 1st appearance on television came in the TV series, Undeclared, which was casted by Judd Apatow which came out in 2001 after winning a number of amateur comedy competitions at small clubs throughout Great Britain. After his debut appearance, he went on in only one direction.
Kevin signed for a number of movies which all went super-hit like Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), Little Fockers (2010). But the one movie which got the most recognition was Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle which was out in cinemas in 2017.
His career as a stand-up comedian started when he released his 1st album titled, ‘I am a Grown Little Man’ in 2009. Hart’s reputation on the comedy stage quickly grew after that. Think Like A Man(2012), Grudge Match(2013), Ride Along(2014), all garnered worldwide fame. His net worth as of 2019 is a whopping $200 million. Thus, he stands in the queue of the richest comedians currently all over the globe.
Kevin Hart Career
Hart’s 1st gig came under the name of Lil Kev, which did not go well. His performances were not that great and he was also booed off the stage in many occasions. But Hart was determined that this was the career he wanted to pursue even though he started slowly. After those unsuccessful periods, Hart admitted that he learned a lot. His performances gradually improved and thus the reception of audience.
He then received a contract from ‘ABC‘ inviting him for his very own sitcom, ‘The Big House‘. Hart played himself on the show. The outlandish storyline failed to impress the audience, thus the show only lasted six episodes. His comeback did not took too long as he rebounded quickly with his 1st stand-up comedy album, ‘I am a Little Grown Man‘ which ended up cementing his place in one of the best young comedians.
The emerging global star released another album in 2010 which turned out to be even bigger than the last one. In 2011, he flagged off a tour, Laugh At My Pain. The tour later turned into a concert documentary and changed the status of Hart into a full-fledged star.
At the end the documentary grossed around $15 million and encompassed in 90 cities. The tour turned out to be one of the year’s most successful comedy tours. Since then, TV only meant success for Kevin Hart. In 2012 he hosted the MTV Award show and the following year he landed a recurring role on the ABC comedy ‘Modern Family’. Hart also starred on series such as ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood and Workaholics’. He also was the host of Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber in 2015.
Kevin Hart Net Worth
Hart recently was stated as the richest comedian on the planet after toppling the comedy legend, Jerry Seinfeld in June 2019 with a reported earning of $50 million.
Kevin Hart Net Worth: $200 million
Kevin Hart Early Life
Hart was born in Philadelphia, Pennysylvania on July 6th ,1979. He and his older brother, Robert, were raised by a single parent, Nancy Hart who worked as a System Analyst in the University of Pennysylvania. Kevin Hart father, Henry Witherspoon, was a cocaine addict and was in and out of jail through the entirety of Hart’s childhood. Thus, Hart used humor to shake off or to cope with his troubled family life.
He graduated from George Washington High School and then briefly attended Community College of Philadelphia before setting his sights on New York City. He then moved to Brockton, Massachusetts where he found work as a shoe salesman. But he eventually realized his love for stand-up comedy and left the job to focus only on stand-up. He thus, started his early career as a comedian in an amateur nightclub in Philadelphia.
Kevin Hart Family and Relationships
As it is famously known, Harts’ father, Henry was a drug addict. Even though he jokes about it in his many stand-up comedies, he himself admitted that their family had troubling times together. Hart and his brother, Robert, decided to send their father to therapy.
He eventually found an amazing woman who kept him clean from thereon. It was an amazing turnaround for his father. Kevin and Henry’s relationship after that improved drastically. Hart revealed in an interview, “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.”
Kevin also admitted that his path would have been different if his father was not a drug addict and later emphasized on the fact that “everything happens for a reason“. On the other side of the coin, there was Nancy Hart, his mother. According to Kevin she very loving yet intimidating.
She worked as a system analyst for the Office of Student Registration and Financial Services at University of Pennyslvania. She is famously known for raising Kevin and Robert Hart alone as his husband was a drug addict. She died from cancer in 2007.
Kevin Hart is currently married to Eniko Parrish. Kevin Hart proposed Eniko Parrish on August 18th, 2014. They eventually got married on August 13, 2016, near Santa Barbara, California. Their 1st son was born in 2017.
But before all this, Hart was also married to another woman named Torrie Hart. They filed for divorce in February 2010 after Torrie accused his husband on cheating on him. The divorce was finalized in November 2011.
Hart later, requested joint custody of their two children, a son and daughter. On December 15, 2017, after being on the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, Hart eventually admitted that he cheated on his ex-wife when they were having their son.
Kevin Hart Height
The American actor and comedian on many occasions has revealed his height to be 5’5.5” but when challenged he later happily settled at 5’2”.
Kevin Hart Legal Issues
Kevin Hart was also in the spotlight for many wrong reasons one such being of drunk driving. Kevin was arrested on April 14, 2013 on the suspicion of drunk driving after his black Mercedes collided with a tanker truck on a Southern California freeway. Hart failed a field sobriety test and was booked for misdemeanor DUI. On August 5, 2013, Hart was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Kevin Hart Car Accident
Hart was also a victim of a car accident which at first looked like a serious one. A 1970 Plymouth Barracuda went off a Mulholland Highway and rolled down on an embankment near Calabasas, California.
He and his driver suffered major back injuries and were immediately sent to different hospitals. Hart was released from the hospital 9 days later and then was sent to a rehabilitation centre for more recovery.
Kevin Hart Sex Tape
Kevin Hart is fighting back a lawsuit against him which has accused him of a sex tape scandal which occurred in 2017. Hart’s sex tape partner, Montia Sabbag, filed the suit earlier 2019, against the Philly-born comedian. In the suit, Sabbag claims that various defendants recorded a sexual encounter between herself and Hart and posted it on the internet without her consent.
At the initial stage her request was suspended in September due to various technical issues. That amended complaint was also dismissed, and Sabbag was given until Nov. 8 to file a second amended complaint. But Sabbag requested for an extended period as he claimed that her lawyers were in “resolution talks” with some defendants, indicating that settlement of the case might be on the cards.
In response, however, Hart filed documents indicating that he and his council were “not a party to any such settlement discussions” and had “no recent communication” with Sabbag or her attorneys about settling the case. Hart also asked that Sabbag’s request for an extension be stricken from court records.
Sabbag’s suit seeks $60 million in damages from Hart and his fellow defendants due to issues including invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress, and negligence. In her original filing, Sabbag claimed that she on a daily basis suffers from emotional distress over the sex tape and the scandal which happened. She added that Hart knew that their sexual interaction was being recorded but did little to put it away.
Top 5 Movies of Kevin Hart
1. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
The story continued from its prequel of Robin Williams, Jumanji. In the movie, 4 friends get teleported to a video game. Many believe it turned out to be a huge success as it didn’t try to recreate the earlier picture but rather tried a lot of modern concepts. The cast, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, Nick Jonas, and Karen Gillan, also completely embrace the silliness behind the concept, creating a fun, action blockbuster.
2. About Last Night
Kevin Hart took one of his few romantic comedy roles in About Last Night. The couple deal with falling in and out of love on various occasions. Regina Hall and Kevin Hart get to play the extreme, loud, and crazy couple compared to Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant’s more practical couple.
3. Ride Along
It is a story about a cop (Kevin Hart) who repeatedly tries to convince his brother-in-law (also in the police force) that he is a good cop and an excellent man. Ride Along also includes supporting roles by John Leguizamo, Tika Sumpter, and Laurence Fishburne. The audience loved the chemistry between two people who were in no way same. It was such a huge hit that later 2 sequels of the movie were released.
4. Think Like A Man
The movie is based on couples who are trying to keep their romance going, despite some complications. The women use the advice of Steve Harvey’s book, Act Like A Woman, Think Like A Man. Kevin Hart in this movie acts as a ‘comic relief’ who always pretends that he is happy alone but brings up the topic of his ex-wife every now and then in the whole movie.
The ensemble cast all fit their roles, but Kevin Hart is one of the most standout characters in Think Like a Man: He has some of the most memorable lines and moments in the movie.
5. The Wedding Ringer
In The Wedding Ringer, when Doug Harris (Josh Gad) realizes that he has no friends, he hires Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) to pretend to be his best friend, and to find some groomsmen for his upcoming wedding. Gad and Hart are very enjoyable to watch together in Wedding Ringer.
Kevin Hart many ups and downs in his life. He had troubled times as a young boy and struggled as a tennager. His early career started on a slow pace which did not get any recognition. But Kevin always believed that his passion was stand-up comedy. He never let go of his passion. He rightly said that, “Appreciate hard work and the process of hard work because after that is over you get the rewards of success. You look back at these moments and you respect these moments the best. You have no character. No place to come from.”