American actor, comedian, and television personality Cedric the Entertainer's real name is Cedric Antonio Kyles. He was born on April 24, 1964, in Jefferson City, Missouri. His career in entertainment started as a stand-up comedian in the late 1980s.
The movies "Barbershop," "Be Cool," "The Original Kings of Comedy," and "Johnson Family Vacation" are among those where Cedric is best renowned for his work. The Neighborhood, The Soul Man, and The Steve Harvey Show are a few of the TV programs in which he made an appearance.
Cedric was raised in Caruthersville, Missouri, and graduated from Caruthersville High. He studied mass communication at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, after graduating from high school.
Cedric developed a passion for comedy while in college and started doing stand-up comedy in neighbourhood bars and venues. In spite of having a degree in public communication from college, he chose to pursue a career in entertainment after graduating in 1987. After relocating to St. Louis, Missouri, Cedric maintained his stand-up comedy career and finally built a fan base there.
In 1992, Cedric got his big break when he made an appearance on the television programme "It's Showtime at the Apollo." His debut on the programme resulted in additional television appearances and, eventually, film roles. Over the 1990s and 2000s, Cedric's career grew steadily, and he emerged as one of the most well-liked actors and comedians of his time.
As a stand-up comedian, Cedric the Entertainer started his career in St. Louis, Missouri, in the late 1980s. His appearances on television programmes like "Def Comedy Jam," "ComicView," and "Showtime at the Apollo" helped him become well-known in the 1990s.
Cedric was one of four comics featured in the Spike Lee-helmed stand-up comedy documentary "The Original Masters of Comedy" from 1996. Cedric's career in film and television was launched with the film, which was an enormous hit.
With his part in the 2000 movie "Big Momma's Home," which starred Martin Lawrence, Cedric's cinematic career really took off. He went on to play the lead in a number of additional movies, such as "Madagascar," "Be Cool," "Man of the House," and "Barbershop." In the "Madagascar" film series, he also provided Maurice the lemur's voice.
On his own sitcom, "The Steve Harvey Show," which ran from 1996 to 2002, Cedric again found popularity on television. On other TV programmes like "The Soul Man" and "The Neighborhood," he had recurring roles. Cedric also hosted various TV programmes in addition to performing, such as "Def Comedy Jam" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
Cedric the Entertainer has had a fruitful career in show business and has made numerous noteworthy contributions during the course of his career. Among his accomplishments are:
Gaining recognition for his performance on "The Steve Harvey Show" by receiving a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1999.
Several NAACP Image Award nominations, including four wins for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "The Steve Harvey Show,"
The best actor in a comedy series, For "The Soul Man,"
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Film 'Barbershop'
The best supporting actor award, for the movie "Cadillac Records,"
Being referred to as one of the "Original Kings of Comedy" alongside Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac as well as appearing in the popular stand-up comedy documentary film of the same name.
Hosting a number of TV programmes, such as "Def Comedy Jam" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
Starring in several well-received movies, such as "Barbershop," "Be Cool," and the "Madagascar" series.
Being inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 2005.
In 2021, he is honoured for his contributions to the entertainment business with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Since 1999, Cedric the Entertainer has been wed to Lorna Wells, his wife. Croix, a son, and Lucky Rose, a daughter, are the couple's two offspring. Cedric is renowned for being a secretive individual when it comes to his private life, and he has not revealed many details about his family or close relationships to the public.
Cedric is active in a number of charitable and philanthropic endeavours in addition to his work in the entertainment industry. He has contributed to charities like the African Millennium Foundation, the United Black College Fund, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Cedric has taken part in numerous sports-related activities and events because he is a huge sports fan. The NBA All-Star Game was hosted by him on multiple occasions.