- Full name: David Khari Webber Chapelle
- Born: 08/24/1973
- Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
- Occupation: Actor, comedian, producer
- Marital status: Married
Dave Chapelle’s Net Worth History
The beginning of Dave Chapelle’s entertainment fame was in 1993. He accepted a role in the Mel Brooks movie Robin Hood: Men In Tights. More supporting roles in movies such as Blue Streak, The Nutty Professor, and Con Air added to his acting and comedic repertoire. He appeared dominantly on Hollywood’s radar when he had a lead role in Half Baked. As co-writer of the script he showed his value in film besides his acting talent. He became an icon in comedy, though, when he and Neal Brennan teamed up to write Chapelle’s Show, a TV “sketch comedy” show which ran from 2006 to 2008. In that year Dave Chapelle retired from the show at its peak. Entertainment-related magazines hailed him as a leader in comedy. “The comic genius of America” was how Esquire viewed him in 2006. Comedy Central put him on their “100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time” at number 43, an impressive ranking. His short-lived TV show lives on in syndication.
About Dave Chapelle
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland, Chapelle’s formative years were filled with creative influences. Both parents were at times college professors. Both were politically active and houseguests included Pete Seeger. With this launching pad Chapelle moved to New York City to embrace comedy professionally. Before he was 20, he performed his act to open for Aretha Franklin. Knowing that performing at the Apollo Theater was important but risky, he took the stage. Like many before and after, he was booed off. He took it as a challenge and persevered. It gradually paid off. Although losing to Lester Barrie on Star Search three times, that just sharpened his comedic skills. He was offered the role of “Bubba” Blue in Forrest Gump, but declined it fearing the film would fizzle. He stayed busy in show business in various projects right into the mid 90’s. He appeared on prime-time television in 1995 with a guest appearance on Home Improvement. The episode also included comedian Jim Breuer who, with Chapelle, asked Tim Taylor, the show’s star, for girlfriend advice. The favorable impact of the duo’s performance earned them a spin-off entitled Buddies. It only aired for 5 of 13 episodes filmed with Breuer replaced early on by another actor, disappearing in early 1996. Chapelle and Breuer would team up again in Half Baked, which would establish Chapelle as a bankable comedian. His fame also includes his decision to turn down a reported $50,000,000.00 contract from Comedy Central. This came after the 2nd season proved to be a television cash machine for the network and Chapelle. Further adding to the mystique was his traveling to Nigeria for what he said was an escape from the show business life. He often publicly criticized the Hollywood establishment as stereotyping various ethnicities while ignoring real creativity. On the David Letterman show he expressed mild regret for walking away from that huge financial contract, but said that some things he cherishes have no connection with money. Yellow Spring, Ohio is home to he and his family, and he still performs stand-up.