Christopher Tucker (born August 31, 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American actor and comedian, whose distinctive characteristic is his high-pitched voice and portrayal of high-strung characters. Mostly known for his role as "Detective James Carter" in Rush Hour.
Tucker was born in Atlanta, but was raised in Decatur, Georgia. After high school he then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy.
Tucker's first major movie role was alongside rapper Ice Cube in the 1995 cult favorite Friday. He also starred with Charlie Sheen in 1997's Money Talks and alongside Bruce Willis inThe Fifth Element in the same year. He later starred in the 1998 martial arts action comedy Rush Hour and its sequel, Rush Hour 2, in which he played James Carter, an abrasive, wise-cracking detective. Realizing the success of the first Rush Hour film, Tucker held out from studio bosses until they paid his price tag of $10 million for Rush Hour 2, which also became an enormous success. Co-star Jackie Chan received $15 million and gross points.
In 2005, Tucker participated in African American Lives, a PBS program hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. where his roots were traced back to the Mbundu tribe living in Angola. Tucker would also travel to Angola, the birthplace of his ancestors with Gates. Currently, Tucker continues to perform stand-up comedy.