Following a sequence of smaller movie characters, Tucker vaulted to fame and riches with all the Rush Hour series, starring alongside Jackie Chan.
One of six kids, Tucker learned early on the ability of comedy to attract attention to himself both at home and at school.
Tucker’s father ran a janitorial company, also to make money during high school, Tucker worked for his dad in an area Burger King. As he mopped toilet floors, Tucker had huge visions for himself.
Following his high school graduation, Tucker, who had already started dabbling in stand-up comedy, moved to La. “I went at an early age since I figured I Had not have anything to lose, and when it did not work out I could only move back,” he later described.
He made his movie debut in 1994 using a bit role in House Party 3.
Tucker’s big break came in 1995, when he got a small part as Smokey, a talkative pothead, in the movie Friday, starring Ice Cube. The film produced huge box office returns and set the youthful Tucker to the radar display of its own supporters. In 1997, Tucker’s popularity took another huge jump together with his character as Ruby Rhod in The Fifth Element, a science fiction thriller starring Bruce Willis.
But it was Tucker’s character as Detective James Carter in the policeman-humor blockbuser Rush Hour (1998), alongside Jackie Chan, that propelled him to A-list star status. Within the following ten years, two sequels were made and released. For Rush Hour 3 (2007), Tucker negociate an astounding $25 million contract, the best base wages in movie history. But while previous episodes of the Rush Hour show had given a combined box office take of more than $600 million, Rush Hour 3—apparently costing more than $140 million to make—neglected to produce like its forerunners.
Rush Hour 3’s disappointment driven Tucker to reevaluate his career and film selections. Offers arrived, but Tucker turned them down. It turned out to be a complete five years before Tucker would show up on the big screen again.
“I waited a very long time as well as the right things were not coming to me—the parts I was offered were not that challenging—so I began attempting to develop a group of jobs for myself.”
But nothing put. Compounding matter was that Tucker also needed to face serious fiscal problems. Despite his salary, it had been reported around now that Tucker owed the IRS more than $12 million in back taxes.
In 2011, possibly owing to the truth that he needed to work again, Tucker returned to the area of standup. His breakthrough return arrived the subsequent year in the movie Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence. The job cast Tucker as a humorous but troubled man attempting to conquer mental illness. The character drew praise from critics and jumpstarted chat about Tucker’s return to picture.