Whether he’s made you laugh from his stand-up comedy routines, or you know him from any number of Hollywood films he’s starred in, chances are you’re familiar with the rising star that is Kevin Hart.
The 38-year-old comedian from Philadelphia worked his way through the Hollywood food chain and has landed himself near the top of the entertainment A-List. He’s now set to star alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” — slated to be one of Christmas 2017’s hottest new releases.
Read on to find out just how much Hart’s knack for comedy has landed him in the bank.
Kevin Hart’s Early Life
Hailing from humble beginnings, Kevin Hart was born and raised in Philadelphia on July 6, 1979. Hart was raised by his single mother, Nancy Hart, who took care of him and his brother, Robert.
Hart’s father, Henry Witherspoon, was a cocaine addict who was in and out of jail for most of Hart’s childhood. Kevin Hart has attributed the pain of his fatherless childhood to his early love of comedy and humor, which he used as a coping mechanism. In his interviews, Hart has acknowledged how these raw life experiences, combined with his dedication and tenacity, have played a major role in his current success as one of Hollywood biggest comedians.
Kevin Hart’s Net Worth
With all of his latest Hollywood success, it’s interesting to note where Kevin Hart stands in terms of net worth. Hart is a prolific entertainer, and his dedication to his craft has paid off handsomely. In 2015, Time magazine included Hart on its list of the most influential 100 people in the world. Writing about him in that issue, comedian Chris Rock called Hart “the biggest stand-up comedian in the country” and “a new kind of cool. Not a keep-a-distance-from-the-audience kind of cool, but a loveable, show-your-warts kind of cool.” Hart’s legions of devoted fans include 35 million Twitter followers, more than 23 million Facebook fans, and more than 55 million followers on Instagram.
But critical acclaim and a devoted fan base aren’t all that Hart’s work has brought him. Kevin Hart has leveraged both of those qualities into a reported net worth of $120 million as of 2017. Kevin Hart is currently one of the highest paid stand-up comedians in the world. He reportedly earned over $90 million from August 2015 to August 2016, for his comedy tours, movies, and endorsements with Nike and Tommy John.
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Kevin Hart Stand-Up Comedy and Film
Although he is a major film star now, Hart began his career as a stand-up comedian. He’s the first to admit that his stand-up comedy career got off to a rocky start and that in the beginning, Kevin Hart tickets were definitely not the hot commodity they are today. In interviews, Hart has mentioned that he’s been booed during his act, and noted one incident in which an audience member threw a half-eaten chicken wing at him. Hart pushed through these rough times by entering and winning comedy contests.
Hart’s first real brush with Hollywood fame happened when he was cast by legendary producer Judd Apatow to appear the television series “Undeclared” in 2001. It was this role that officially introduced him to the entertainment industry, and his future career as an actor. Hart was subsequently cast the films “Scary Movie 3,” “Soul Plane,” and “In the Mix” in the early 2000s. Subsequent Kevin Hart films include smash hits like “Think Like a Man,” “Ride Along,” “Ride Along 2,” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” To date, Kevin Hart has appeared in 40 films and dozens of television shows.
Even as his Hollywood star was rising, Hart continued to hone his stand-up craft. In 2008, he released his first stand-up album, I’m a Grown Little Man, which cemented his reputation as a comedic A-lister. Kevin Hart tours were suddenly playing to sold-out arenas. He has attributed the overwhelmingly positive reception to his comedic act to its intimacy.
“I talk about my life and what really matters,” he told Fast Company. “My relationships, my parents, my flaws — these are things that people can relate to no matter where you are in the world.” Hart has continued to produce comedy albums while at work making movies, releasing four such albums since 2010.
Hart is also the co-creator and star of the hit “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which parodies the reality TV genre, chronicling the daily lives of himself and other Hollywood celebrities. Entertainment Weekly gave the show the No. 1 slot on its Top 10 Things We Love This Week list, writing, “Step aside, Housewives! Our new favorite divas are the men who take the spotlight in star/executive producer Kevin Hart’s uproariously funny reality TV spoof.”
Hart also dabbled into the music scene, releasing the hip-hop album “What Now?” in 2016, which was received with lukewarm reviews from critics and spent one week on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Kevin Hart New Movies and Other Projects
Kevin Hart’s newest movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” opens in theaters Dec. 20, 2017. In this hotly anticipated holiday release, Hart stars as Moose Finbar, a zoologist and weapons expert. This is a reboot of the original “Jumanji” film which chronicled the journey of young gamers being transported to a jungle realm through a video game. Other upcoming movies featuring Kevin Hart Include “Night School,” and “The Intouchables.”
Never one to spend too much time at rest, Kevin’s latest venture is his new streaming service called Laugh Out Loud, which debuted in August in partnership with Lionsgate. Laugh Out Loud is a subscription service that delivers original and unscripted comedy series, live broadcasts, licensed programming and stand-up specials.
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Kevin Hart’s Family and Personal Life
Kevin Hart was married to Torrei Hart for eight years and had two children, Hendrix Hart and Heaven Hart. Hart has admitted that his youth caused him to make mistakes early in his marriage, and that he took responsibility for the rupture. “I got married at the age of 22,” he told Chelsea Handler. “I was all over the place. I didn’t really understand the definition of marriage. I wasn’t ready for it, so I take responsibility.”
After his divorce, Hart began dating aspiring model and actress Eniko Parrish. After five years of dating, Hart and Parrish married in Santa Barbara, Calif., in August of 2016. In November 2017, Kevin and Eniko welcomed their first child into the family, a baby boy named Kenzo.
As for what’s next for Hart, it’s anyone’s guess, but if past is any precedent, fans won’t have to wait long to find out before this prolific actor and comedian makes another move.