American actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was born on November 10, 1968 in New York City. He began his career as a stand-up comedian, eventually being discovered in 1984 while performing at the Apollo Theater in New York. He made his television debut in 1994, when he got a recurring role in the comedy Martin; he plays the Hustle Man, who is known for his catchphrase “what’s happenin’, chief?” while selling anybody whatever crazy items he had.
In 1996, Morgan joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Throughout his seven-year run, he has performed a variety of memorable characters, including building superintendent Dominican Lou on “Weekend Update,” Bishop “Mack” Donald on “Pimp Chat,” and Uncle Jemima in the commercial parody inspired by the character. He is also credited with impressions of personalities such as Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou, Samuel L. Jackson, Mike Tyson and Oprah Winfrey. During his stint, he appeared in several films, including Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Head of State and an uncredited role in Bamboozled.
Morgan left SNL in 2003 to star in his own sitcom, The Tracy Morgan Show. The series sees Morgan play the role of Tracy Mitchell, the owner of an auto repair garage, and revolves around his life with his family and with his colleagues at work. The show was cancelled after 18 episodes, due to low ratings. He continued to make occasional guest appearances on Saturday Night Live, and appeared in several more films, including The Longest Yard and Farce of the Penguins.
In 2006, Morgan snagged another regular television role, this time for the acclaimed comedy 30 Rock. He took on the role of Tracy Jordan, a notoriously crazy television personality who was brought by network executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) to star in Liz Lemon’s (Tina Fey) sketch program.
- He cites Astronaut Jones as his favorite SNL character.
- He married his high-school sweetheart Sabina Morgan in 1985. They have three children together.
2009: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for: "30 Rock". Shared.
2011: The Son of No One - Vinnie
2006-2011: 30 Rock (TV series) - Tracy Jordan
2010: Death at a Funeral - Norman
2010: Adventure Time with Finn and Jake (TV series) - Penguins
2010: Cop Out - Paul Hodges
2009: Deep in the Valley - Busta Nut
2009: G-Force - Blaster (voice)
2008: 30 Rock: Kenneth the Webpage (TV series) - Tracy Jordan
2008: Human Giant (TV series) - The Invisible Man
2008: Superhero Movie - Professor Xavier
2008: First Sunday - LeeJohn
1996-2006: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Various/Charles Lepani/Corn Chip Nail Tips wearer/…
2006: Totally Awesome (TV movie) - Darnell
2006: Where My Dogs At? (TV series) - Woof
2006: Mind of Mencia (TV series) - Captain Black Cawk
2006: Little Man - Percy
2006: Farce of the Penguins - Marcus (voice)
2005: The Longest Yard - Ms. Tucker
2005: Are We There Yet? - Satchel Paige (voice)
2003-2004: The Tracy Morgan Show (TV series) - Tracy Mitchell
2003: Head of State - Meat Man
2003: Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special (TV movie) - Bobby Brown/Randy Jackson/Al Sharpton
2002: Comic Groove (TV series) - Host
2002: Crank Yankers (TV series) - Spoonie Luv
2002: Frank McKlusky, C.I. - Reggie Rosengold
2001: How High - Field of Dreams Guy
2001: WaSanGo - (MTV English Dub)
2001: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - Pumpkin Escobar
2001: 30 Years to Life - Troy
2000: TV Funhouse (TV series) - Geese
2000: Bamboozled - TV Personality
1998: Half Baked - V.J.
1994-1996: Martin (TV series) - Hustle Man
1996: A Thin Line Between Love and Hate - Bartender
1992: Uptown Comedy Club (TV series) - Various Characters
[on Jimmy Fallon on "SNL"] ...laughing and all that dumb [bleep] he used to do. He wouldn't mess with me because I didn't [bleep]ing play that s--t. That's taking all the attention off of everybody else and putting it on you, like, 'Oh, look at me, I'm the cute one.' I told him not to do that s--t in my sketches, so he never did.
You get somebody to crack a smile, that's a beautiful thing. So I think all comedians are earning their wings into heaven. We're all going to heaven, but everybody's not going to get their wings. Some people are just going to be regular angels. Doing cleanup, janitor work. In heaven, I'm going to sit on the couch with Oprah.
[on growing up in the ghetto] The perception that our community is "Oz" (1997), that it's "The Wire" (2002), that's not how it always is in the 'hood. There's little girls jumping double-dutch, there's little boys playing skelly, opening up the Johnny pump. There's beauty there.