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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Actor
Comedian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Chocolate Brown
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Turks and Caicos Islands
Favorite Quote:
I Wish A Motherfucker Would.

Birthplace

Born:
4/24/1964
Birth Location:
Jefferson City, Missouri

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Actor
Comedian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Chocolate Brown
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Turks and Caicos Islands
Favorite Quote:
I Wish A Motherfucker Would.

Birthplace

Born:
4/24/1964
Birth Location:
Jefferson City
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Biography

Actor and comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles was born on April 24, 1964 in Jefferson City, Missouri to Kittrell Kyles and Rosetta Boyce Kyles. After junior high school, Kyles and his family moved to Berkeley, Missouri, where he graduated from Berkeley High School in 1982. Kyles received his B.A. degree in mass communication from Southeast Missouri State University in 1987, and was hired at State Farm Insurance. He began performing stand-up comedy around the same time, and was a winner of the Miller Lite Comedy Search in 1990.

Kyles first appeared on television in 1992, on the variety show, It’s Showtime at the Apollo. The following year, he served as host of BET’s ComicView, and in 1995, he hosted HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. Kyles started the Cedric the Entertainer Charitable Foundation, Inc. in 1995 with his sister in St. Louis, Missouri. He got his big break on television as Cedric “Jackie” Robinson, a supporting role on The Steve Harvey Show, in 1996. Kyles then toured for two years with his co-star Steve Harvey, and comedians Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley on the highest selling and most popular comedy tour of all time, The Kings of Comedy tour. The tour was filmed by Spike Lee and later made into a film, The Original Kings of Comedy, which grossed $40 million, and catapulted the careers of Kyles and his tour mates.

Kyles made his film debut in 1998 in the movie Ride. He went on to appear in over thirty films, including Big Momma’s House, Ice Age, the Barbershop franchise, the Madagascar franchise, Johnson Family Vacation, The Honeymooners, Code Name: The Cleaner, and the Planes franchise. Kyles also narrated the animated series The Proud Family, starting in 2001. In 2002, he co-founded his own production company, A Bird and A Bear Entertainment. He made his directorial debut in 2010 with the film, Dance Fu. Kyles also hosted the game shows It’s Worth What? and Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and received the lead role in a new sitcom in 2012, The Soul Man.

Kyles was recognized by BET in 1994 for his work as host of ComicView with the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award. He received four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his work on The Steve Harvey Show, and another for his voice-acting in The Proud Family. Comedy Central placed Kyles on its “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time” in 2004, and he was selected as lead comedian for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2005. He was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 2008.

Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 31, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his mother's education, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his father's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about his sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his neighborhood in Caruthersville, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about his mother's social life and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cedric The Entertainer describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers his early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers changing his name, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cedric The Entertainer recalls the television programs of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers the crack cocaine epidemic
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers moving to Berkeley, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Cedric The Entertainer recalls lessons from his mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cedric The Entertainer recalls his activities at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers his decision to attend college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about the popular culture of his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers changing his name, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about his influential teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his early male role models
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cedric The Entertainer describes the barbershop culture in Berkeley, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about his observational skills
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers meeting Eric Rhone
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Cedric The Entertainer recalls choosing a major at Southeast Missouri State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cedric The Entertainer recalls his start at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his early experiences in entertainment news media
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cedric The Entertainer recalls his experiences at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers working as an insurance claims adjuster
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers the Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about his comedic writing process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his experiences of heckling
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers joining the Funny Bone comedy club circuit
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Cedric The Entertainer recalls performing at Steve Harvey's comedy club in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his mother's support for his comedy career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about the black comedy club scene
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers winning the Miller Lite Comedy Search
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Cedric The Entertainer recalls his appearance on 'Showtime at the Apollo'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers becoming the host of 'ComicView' on BET
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about the comedic style of Richard Pryor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about the Cedric The Entertainer Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers hosting 'Def Comedy Jam'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Cedric The Entertainer recalls joining the cast of 'The Steve Harvey Show'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers comedian Robin Harris
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Cedric The Entertainer remembers the Kings of Comedy tour
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about his roles on 'The Steve Harvey Show'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Cedric The Entertainer talks about his character on 'The Soul Man'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Cedric The Entertainer describes his transition from standup comedy to acting