Best known for his role as Detective James Carter in the film series “Rush Hour”, Chris Tucker is an American stand-up comedian. He is also famous for his works in “Rush Hour 3”, “Friday”, “House Party 3” and many more.
What are Chris Tucker’s net worth and salary per movie?
The American actor and comedian Chris Tucker has a net worth of $5 million. It may be hard to believe, but in the late 1990s, at the peak of his career, Chris Tucker was the highest-paid actor in the entire world. In 1999 Chris negotiated $20 million to appear in the next “Rush Hour” movie, after the great success of the first. This is similar to earning $40 million for only one movie in today’s money.
Tucker negotiated with New Line Cinema a two-movie contract for $40 million, including his salary for “Rush Hour 3” of $25 million. Also, Tucker received twenty percent of the gross receipts for “Rush Hour 3”. In total, Chris Tucker earned a minimum of $50 million from his work in Rush Hour. After adjusting for inflation this would be $65 million.
In December 2021 Chris Tucker was accused through a Twitter post that he doesn’t want to appear in the following “Friday” movies because of money. But his co-star, Ice Cube who is also the producer and creator of the franchise responded to this comment and said that they were ready to pay Tucker $10 to $12 million for the “Next Friday”, but the actors refused due to religious reasons. Chris doesn’t want to smoke weed or curse on camera anymore.
You may be wondering why Chris Tucker’s net worth is so low at this moment if he earned so much money during his acting career. Over the years he had to face some financial problems. In 2011 Tucker had to pay IRS a debt, after several financial mistakes. Later California tax filings and IRS revealed that Chris had to pay IRS $11 million in taxes for the years 2005, 2004, 2002, and 2001. His debt had risen to $14 million by 2014.
In 2014 Chris had finally paid his tax debt.
Chris Tucker’s net worth would increase substantially if the rumored Rush Hour 4 movie will appear at some point.
Childhood and teenage years
Christopher Tucker was born on August 31, 1972, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, being the son of Mary and Norris Tucker. His mother worked in a church and his father owned a company that provided cleaning services. He grew up in Decatur, Georgia.
Chris Tucker has always had an inclination toward comedy. Ever since his childhood, being the youngest of six brothers, he used humor to attract attention and to convince his brothers to let him spend time with them. In high school he was known as the class clown, receiving the title of “The funniest” from his classmates.
He made his debut on the stage of a local comedy club, having to sneak in because he was still underage. After graduating from Columbia high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in stand-up comedy and acting. Once he arrived on the west coast, he made a name for himself in the big comedy clubs. And after he appeared in the HBO show “Def Comedy Jam” he was seen as a star in the making. Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor are among those who influenced his stand-up career.
He received his first major role in 1995 when he played alongside Ice Cube in the film “Friday”. In 1997, he played alongside Charlie Sheen in “Money Talks”, alongside Bruce Willis in “The Fifth Element”, and also had a small role in Tarantino’s film “Jackie Brown”. A year later he gets one of the main roles in the movie “Rush Hour”, and then in the sequels “Rush Hour 2” and “Rush Hour 3”. Despite the fact that from 1998 until now he appeared in only three films, Chris Tucker is part of the unofficial list of actors who receive over $20 million for a film.
In 2007 Chris purchased an 8,000-square-foot mansion in Florida for $6 million. But he had to sell it because of his debts. So, in 2010 he listed it for sale for $2 million, but sold it in 2012 for $1.7 million, losing $4.3 million.
In 2013 Chris Tucker sold also his home in Tarzana, California for $2.1 million. He purchased this 6,399-square-foot house for $1.1 million in November 1996. In 2001 he bought another house, next door, for $2.4 million, but had to sell it for $3 million in 2009.
Chris Tucker still owns a house in Georgia and one in Los Angeles, which is used by an ex-girlfriend of his.
Chris Tucker was a very good friend of the artist Michael Jackson, appearing in his video “You Rock My World”. He also appeared in Tupac Shakur’s famous “California Love” video. Tucker is also friends with the former US president, Bill Clinton, with whom he traveled to Africa, where they took part in anti-AIDS charity actions. Despite this friendship, Chris Tucker did not support Hillary Clinton in the race to determine the Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, he supported Barack Obama.
Chris Tucker has a son named Destin Christopher Tucker, born in 2000, who lives with his mother in Los Angeles. Chris Tucker lives in the exclusive Bella Collina community in Montverde, Florida.
He remains good friends with Jackie Chan, his partner in the “Rush Hour” series.