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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Kevin Hart

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Famous For:
Soul Plane, Think Like a Man, Jumanji
Networth:
$150 Million
Currently Known For:
Night School
Famous Years:
2001 - Present
Birthdate:
July 6, 1979
Kevin Hart


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  Famous For:
Soul Plane, Think Like a Man, Jumanji

  Networth:
$150 Million

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For more than a decade, it seems that Kevin Hart has been absolutely everywhere. From starting out his career as a stand-up comedian, Hart has since become an actor that has plenty of other duties without forgetting his comedic routes. Now as he enters his 40s, Hart is still as busy as he was during his 20s and 30s, as one of the most frequently working and successful actors in all of Hollywood.Advertisements:


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Hart came from humble beginnings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was born on July 6, 1979. Along with his brother, Hart lived with only his mother as his father had substance abuse issues and hadn’t been in Hart’s life very often while he was growing up. “Oh, my mama was awesome,” Hart said. “Very strict, over religious, loved the Lord, loved rules. But she had to be that way because of where we were growing up, the neighborhood I was form.”

Hart finished high school in Philadelphia and stayed in the city for a short amount of time for college. Hart then found himself in New York City and Massachusetts for brief periods before returning to his hometown. From there, he attempted to begin a stand-up comedy career, and it took him some time to develop. Audiences weren’t receptive to Hart at first, but he honed his craft and developed a following for himself in the 2000s. As he was working on his stand-up, Hart was selling shoes on the side.

“I had a great time being a salesman because of the pitches that I gave when I was selling shoes,” Hart said. “However, I don’t think I’m as well versed in shoes as I am in comedy. Being a salesman was all about being a people person, and I enjoy being around people. I also love talking to people - which is why I think I did so well.”

Hart credits his stand-up success for setting up what has been a prosperous career. “Stand-up can take you in so many different places,” Hart said. “So many doors can be opened up from stand-up comedy, and the first one that was opened up for me was acting. But you can go from acting to being a TV personality to being a radio personality to being a writer to being a producer, to just being a visionary, to voiceover work.”

The big break for Hart came in 2002 when he made his television debut as a recurring character in the Judd Apatow series “Undeclared” that featured fellow future A-list actors like Jason Segel and Amy Poehler. That same year, Hart had his film debut with “Paper Soldiers”. Over the next couple of years, Hart added more supporting film roles in movies such as “Soul Plane”, “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Scary Movie 3”, while also landing televised stand-up specials.

For the rest of the 2000s, Hart saw his star continue to rise, as his specials became more popular (such as “I’m a Grown Little Man”), guest appearances on television and movies that included “Epic Movie”, “Drillbit Taylor” and “Not Easily Broken”. By the 2010s, Hart had begun to receive top billing in films.

“Think Like a Man” was a big hit for Hart in the early part of the decade, along with memorable roles in “Grudge Man”, “This Is the End” and “Ride Along” with Ice Cube that spawned a sequel. The starring roles then became more frequent as a result, and his recent films include “The Wedding Ringer”, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Get Hard”. He’s also lent his voice to movies such as “The Secret Life of Pets” and coming up has a “Jumanji” sequel and the film “Fatherhood”.

Hart continues to be busy in television, as well. In 2013, he took on the lead role of the faux reality series “Real Husbands of Hollywood” for several seasons. He’s added more successful stand-up specials and became the host of his own stand-up series that showcases up and comers called “Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud”.

During his career, Hart has been heralded as one of the hardest working people in all of show business. “Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work,” Hart said. “I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off...Hollywood has a way of making everything seem like an overnight success,” adding that “A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into this career of mine.”

Hart says that his stand-up comedy comes from his personal experience, and he’s not just playing some character. “I feel like I have a job to do, like I constantly have to reinvent myself,” Hart said. “The more I up the ante for myself, the better it is in the long run. I try to interact with my fans as much as possible. It’s good that the person I’m being onstage isn’t really an act. It’s really me.”

“I’m trying to do what Eddie Murphy did for his generation,” Hart added. “You have to show people, ‘I’m different. I’m not just a comedian.’ I’m trying to become a rock star...My goals are so high that I don’t have time to relax in any way, shape or form.” He adds that “I’m a businessman as well as an entertainer. The reason why is because I want to own whatever I’m doing. I don’t want to work for other people forever.”

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