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Dave Chappelle Biography

Dave Chappelle
  • Age: 44 years old
  • Birth Nation: United States of America
  • Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
  • Birth Sign: Virgo
  • Name: Dave Chappelle
  • Birth Name: David Khari Webber Chappelle
  • Nick Name: “The Kid”
  • Father: William Dave Chappelle III
  • Mother: Yvonne Chappelle
  • Nationality: American
  • Birth Place/City: Washington D.C
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Profession: stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor
  • Working For: Stand-up, television, film
  • Net Worth: $22 million
  • Famous for: Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights,
  • Married: Yes
  • Married to: Elaine Chappelle (m. 2001)
  • Children: : Sonal Chappelle, Ibrahim Chappelle, Sulayman Chappelle
  • Education: Duke Ellington School of the Arts
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Early Life and Education

Dave Chappelle was born on 24th of August, 1973 in Washington D.C. He was born to his natural parents as the youngest of three children. His mother, Yvonne, was a professor at University of Maryland, Howard University, and Prince George’s Community College. She was also a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Dave’s father, William Dave Chappelle III, worked as a statistician before becoming a professor at Antioch College. His parents raised him up with great compassion and care in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Dave stayed in Washington with his mother after his parents separated. 

Initially, Dave Chappelle attended Woodlin Elementary School. Chappelle’s career took off at the early age of 14 while he was in high school at Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington DC. He graduated with theater arts in 1991.

Career and path

Dave Chappelle moved to New York to start his career as a comedian. He was not able to be successful as a comedian at once. He was booed off the stage during his performance at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. He was nicknamed “The Kid” by Whoopi Goldberg.

Dave Chappelle parodied in the 1997 short film “Bowl of Pork”. He portrayed another supporting role in 1994 film “Getting In”. He successfully became the opening act for R&B soul singer Aretha Franklin. Dave made a guest appearance on an episode of “Home Improvement”. Impressed by his work, ABC decided to give Dave Chappelle a role in “Buddies”.  The show was canceled after disappointing ratings.

Dave Chappelle decided to leave the entertainment industry after his father’s death. But, he soon appeared as a nightclub comedian in the 1996 comedy “The Nutty Professor”. He got a chance to work with Eddie Murphy, who was one Dave’s comedic influences. He portrayed a minor role in 1997’s Con Air.

Besides this, Dave Chappelle co-wrote the 1998 cult stoner film “Half Baked”. The film still remains a classic so-called “stoner” film. Dave portrayed the role of Tom Hanks' character's friend and confidant in You’ve Got Mail.

Dave Chappelle debuted his own weekly comedy show called Chappelle’s show in 2003. He returned to full-time touring stand-up, serving as a headliner in August 2013. Moreover, he made his first major New York City appearance in June 2014. He appeared in the film Chi-Raq in 2015.

Marriage and personal life

Currently, Dave Chappelle is married to Elaine Mendoza Erfe. Dave was married to her in 2001 and currently resides with his wife, two sons and a daughter on a farm in Ohio. He has two sons, Sulayman and Ibrahim and a daughter, Sonal.

Dave Chappelle's wife Elaine is a Philippino. He? changed his religion to Islam in 1998. He might have had affair but the information regarding his past girlfriend is yet to be found.

Net worth and height

Dave Chappelle stands tall and fit with a height of five feet and eleven inches. His net worth is estimated to be $22 million accumulated from his hard work as a producer, actor, and screenwriter. 

 

  • Last modified : 02 March, 2017
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