Who Is Kevin Hart?
Kevin Darnell Hart, simply known as Kevin Hart, is an accomplished American stand-up comedian, actor and producer. He’s popularly known for his role in the movie Ride Along (2014) and the Comedy Special’s sensational show, I’m a Grown Little Man. Kevin Hart was born on July 6, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also spent a great deal of his childhood.
Hart was raised by his mother, Nancy Hart, in a single-parent household. His mother was a systems analyst, working for the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Student Registration and Financial Services. On the other hand, Kevin Hart’s father, Henry Witherspoon, was a cocaine addict who spent his life in and out of jail in the course of Kevin’s childhood.
|Full Name:||Kevin Darnell Hart|
|Popular Name:||Kevin Hart|
|Birth Date:||July 6, 1979|
|Parents:||Henry Witherspoon and Nancy Hart|
|Birth Place:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Education:||George Washington High School and Community College of Philadelphia|
|Children:||Kenzo Kash (with current wife, Eniko Parrish) and Heaven Leigh and Hendrix (with former wife, Torrie Hart)|
|Net Worth:||200 million|
|Source of Wealth:||Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Emceeing, and Endorsement Deals|
|Height:||5′ 2″ (1.57 m)|
|Weight:||64 kg; In pounds: 140.8 lbs|
Early Life and Career
Kevin Hart graduated from George Washington High School, after which he attended the Community College of Philadelphia briefly, before relocating to New York City.
He would later move to Brockton, Massachusetts, where he landed a job as a show salesman, before coming back to his home town, Philadelphia.
At night, Kevin performed stand-up comedy at a Philadelphia amateur nightclub. However, Kevin Hart’s career as a stand-up comedian suffered a few setbacks. He was occasionally booed off the stage and at one point, even had a piece of chicken thrown at him on stage.
In 2009, Hart jumped into the comedy world headlong by releasing an act titled I’m a Grown Little Man. In 2010, he released Seriously Funny and a year later, Laugh at My Pain. Laugh at My Pain was an incredible success, grossing Hart more than $15 million and joining the ranks of the top-selling comedy tours in that year. From there, Hart never looked back.
Between April 9, 2015 and August 7, 2016, Hart ran a successful comedy world tour known as “What Now? Tour.” Besides his illustrious career as a stand-up comedian, Kevin Hart has also appeared in a couple of movies as well as hosted some sensational television shows.
Example of movies that Hart has appeared in include:
• Paper Soldiers
• The Scary Movie franchise
• The 40-Year-Old Virgin
• Little Fockers
• Death at a Funeral
• Soul Plane
• The Five-Year Engagement
• Think like a Man
• Get Hard
• Central Intelligence
• This Is the End
• Grudge Match
• 35 and Ticking
• Exit Strategy
• Ride Along and Ride Along 2
In 2013, Kevin Hart with Chris Spencer cohosted Real Husbands of Hollywood. The show depicted his struggles breaking into the Hollywood’s acting scene. Hart has also hosted major ceremonies, including the 2011 BET Awards, the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, HQ Trivia, 3 episodes of the Saturday Night Live, et cetera.
But Kevin Hart’s fame doesn’t start and stop with stand-up comedy, acting, or show-hosting. The celebrity also had a short stint in the music industry. Going by an alias Chocolate Droppa, Kevin Hart released Kevin Hart: What Now with the Motown Records. He also released Push It On Me, a hip-hop/rap single featuring Trey Songz.
Kevin Hart’s Net Worth
As of 2023, Kevin Hart had a net worth of approximately $200 million. He ranks among some of the world’s richest comedians, along with the likes of Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, and Steve Harvey.
Kevin Hart has made a huge chunk of his wealth from his comedy tours, sensational movies, as well as award-winning television shows. In 2016 alone, Hart performed more than 100 comedy shows, with each of them grossing over $1 million. He has also won lucrative endorsement deals with brands like Foot Locker, Hyundai, H & M, Nike, and Tommy John.
The comedian has a 26-acre plot mansion in the Calabasas gated community, which cost him $135 million. He also has another home in Tarzana, California, that’s valued at $2.75 million.
Life Lessons from Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart is living proof that we should always look beyond our physical limitations. The comedian is way shorter than most celebrities in Hollywood. And it’s natural for some of his critics and haters to make a meal out of his short stature.
However, Kevin Hart is proud of himself, his height notwithstanding. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the comedian said that he was “beyond confident” in his general physical appearance.
Kevin Hart’s story also helps to debunk some hard-held beliefs about success, including the notion that you can only succeed if you direct all your energies in one field. Not only has he earned himself a spot among the world’s most celebrated comedians of all time. Hart has also had a successful career in acting, show-hosting, and even singing.
The importance of patience and diligence in our pursuits of success is another invaluable life lesson we can learn from Kevin Hart. Like many other successful celebrities, Hart’s career as a stand-up comedian experienced a few false starts.
He was booed off stage numerous times and rejected on several comedy auditions. But these unfortunate events only hardened his resolve to press on. If it weren’t for his patience and commitment to his passions, he would have fallen by the wayside.
The following are some of the quotes by Kevin Hart:
“Appreciate hard work and the process of hard work. Because after that’s over and you get the rewards of success, you look back on these moments and you respect those moments the best. You have no character, you have no place to come from.”
“Be loyal to those who help you grow. You got a team, you keep your team together, you run as a unit. You got a team of people, it means they believed in you, they bought into your dream. That means they invested into you, they invested time, energy and effort. In return, you gotta invest your vision and promise them that we’re all going to win together.”
“Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. 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.”
“Laughter heals all wounds, and that’s one thing that everybody shares. No matter what you’re going through, it makes you forget about your problems. I think the world should keep laughing.”
“Life is too short to worry about what others say about you. Have fun and give them something to talk about.”
Stand-up comedy is one of the most unpredictable industries, and comedians hardly ever last a year or two. However, Kevin Hart has proven that by remaining true and committed to your passion, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.