Chappelle was born on August 24, 1973, in Washington, D.C., to William David Chappelle III, a professor at Antioch College, and Yvonne K. Chappelle Seon, a professor at Howard University. His father is African-American and his mother is of Dutch and African descent. He has two older brothers, William and Charles.
Chappelle was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He attended Woodlin Elementary School and later attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Chappelle began his career as a stand-up comedian in New York City. He gained popularity with his appearances on Def Comedy Jam (1992–1993) and Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy All-Star Hour (1992).
In 2003, Chappelle debuted his own comedy sketch series on Comedy Central, Chappelle’s Show. The show was a critical and commercial success, earning Chappelle three Emmy Award nominations.
In 2006, Chappelle abruptly left the show due to creative differences. After a period of seclusion, he returned to stand-up comedy in 2013.
Chappelle has appeared in several films and television shows including The Nutty Professor (1996), Con Air (1997), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Blue Streak (1999), Undercover Brother (2002), Half Baked (1998), and A Star Is Born (2018).
Chappelle has been married to Elaine Erfe since 2001. They have two sons together.
Chappelle has an estimated net worth of $50 million. He earns an annual salary of $20 million.
Date Of Birth
August 24, 1973
Screenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Film producer, Actor, Artist
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Sonal Chappelle, Ibrahim Chappelle, Sulayman Chappelle
Yvonne Reed, William David Chappelle III
Felicia Chappelle Jones, William S. Chappelle
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Progra...
Half Baked, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, The Nutty Professor, Undercover Brother, Blue Streak, Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Con Air, You've Got Mail, Screwed, 200 Cigarettes, Chi-Raq, Undercover Blues, The Real Blonde, I'm Rick...
Chappelle's Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Wanda at Large, Buddies, Inside the Actors Studio, Def Comedy Jam, Where's Elvis This Week?
I want to tell my jokes. I want to have time with my children. I want to entertain people. And at one point, I'll walk away from show business. But I don't want to walk away empty-handed.
[on Chappelle's Show (2003)] It was like taking somebody on a tour through a young black man's subconscious, and I don't think America has been there. So in a way it was kind of like reality TV, right?
[on Chappelle's Show (2003)] I have to say, it was by far the best experience I ever had working in television. When you hear me say, like, 'I quit' and all this stuff, I mean, that was literally just like the tension and the dramatic situation of creating something. And the network executives have their responsibilities and I have my responsibilities, so this is a natural tension of these relationships. By far, it was better than any situation I ever had in corporate television.
[on living in Ohio] Turns out you don't need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you. You guys are the best neighbors ever... That's why I came back and that's why I'm staying.
I don't normally talk about my religion publicly because I don't want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.
You can become famous but you can't become unfamous. You can become infamous but not unfamous.
I look at it like that word, 'nigger', used to be a word of oppression. But that when I say it, it feels more like an act of freedom. For me to be able to say that unapologetically on television.
"I figured, let me just cut myself off from everybody, take a minute and pull a Flintstone, stop a speeding car by using my bare feet as brakes." - on his abrupt departure from Chappelle's Show (2003).
If you're Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, and your marriage is breaking up - that's an awful thing. But to see that speculation in people, it's gotta sting a little bit.
I still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds.
Appeared on Actor Studio on 12th February 2006 [February 2006]
Currently has his own show titled Chappelle's Show (2003) on Comedy Central. [January 2003]
Living in Ohio after leaving for Africa on a spiritual retreat. [December 2005]
His surname is pronounced "Shuh-pel".
Met Muhammad Ali when he was three years old. A photo of their meeting is in the Bettman Archive.
Has a brother, William, and a sister, Felicia.
Named his production company "Pilot Boy Productions" in reference to the many failed pilots in which he starred.
His maternal grandfather was a blind Caucasian who was raised to believe that he was African-American.
Was considered by Kevin Smith to play Fletch in his aborted "Fletch Won" reboot. But Miramax refused him.
He has two sons, Sulayman and Ibrahim, and a daughter, Sonal.
His mother has been a professor at Howard University, Wilberforce University, Central State University and University of Maryland. She is also a Unitarian Universalist minister.
Wife Elaine is a Filipina.
Made the Forbes Celebrity 100 List with $12 million in earnings.
#43 on Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Standups of All Time. He is the youngest person to make the list.
Due to the popularity of his show, Comedy Central's parent company Viacom cut a $50 million deal with him that will continue the production of Chappelle's Show (2003) for two more years and will allow him to do side projects.
Was best friends and frequent co-writers with Neal Brennan. Their partnership ended when Chappelle abruptly left Chappelle's Show (2003) in its third season, though as of 2011 they have since patched things up with each other personally.
Is one of the few (if not only) celebrities to do advertisements for both Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and Washington, D.C., and still lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with his wife and children.
His father taught music and voice at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Was in talks to play Rick James in a film about James' life. Prior to James' death, due to some content objections by Rick James himself, it was decided the project would not happen. (2004)