Born on July 6, 1979, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kevin Hart started his career in comedy after performing at an amateur night at a Philadelphia-area club. He was also featured on ABC’s “The Big House” but his act did not resonate with his audiences leading to the cancellation of the show after six episodes.
Hart started his career taking inspiration from comedians like Chris Tucker among others. However, he reworked his act in order to get his career back on track. His career rebounded in 2006 when he released his first stand-up album “I’m a Little Grown Man.”
This cemented his career as one of the best emerging young comedians. His second album, “Seriously Funny”, was released in 2010 and proved to be even bigger. He released other series of comedies in 2011 and in 2013.
Hart organized his first tour titled “Laugh At My Pain” which became a huge breakthrough in his career. The tour reportedly grossed $15 million and encompassed 90 cities. He kickstarted a similar tour in April 2015 and in July of that same year, Universal Pictures announced that “Kevin Hart: What Now?” would be theatrically released on October 14, 2016.
His success in comedy landed Hart a number of movie roles. He got movie recognition when he featured in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Soul Plane,” and “Little Fockers.” Since then, he has starred in several movies. His latest project, “True Story”, on Netflix, sees the Philly-based comedian in his first dramatic role.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, his films have generated more than $1.3 billion at the global box office. His success in comedy and movies also earned him a gig in event hosting. In 2012, he hosted the MTV Award show and other high-profile events.
Other ventures by Hart include the launch of an underwear line with Tommy John. He also launched a comedy streaming service called Laugh Out Loud. The streaming service also includes a radio show.
He also has endorsement deals and/or partnerships with brands including Samsung, Wrangler, AT&T, and Mountain Dew. In 2019, he launched HartBeat Productions, which has more than 40 employers who manage Hart’s movie, television, comedy and radio productions.
The American comedian, producer and actor’s success in comedy and the movie industry has made him one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has a net worth of $200 million.
Celebrity Net Worth further reported that Hart earned $90 million from touring, movies, merchandise, endorsements, and more between August 2015 and August 2016. Also, he reportedly earned $60 million between June 2017 and June 2018.
He earned another $60 million between June 2018 and June 2019. In the following 12 month period, he earned $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Hart was raised by his mother who worked at the University of Pennsylvania as a systems analyst in the Office of Student Registration and Financial Services. Hart graduated from George Washington High School but dropped out of the Community College of Philadelphia.
He subsequently moved to New York City and eventually the Boston area, where he worked as a shoe salesman.