Kevin Darnell Hart (born July 6, 1979) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, making his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series lasted only one season, but he soon got other roles in movies like Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005) and Little Fockers (2010).
Hart's comedic reputation continued to grow with the release of his first stand-up album I'm a Grown Little Man (2008), and performances in the films Think Like a Man (2012), Grudge Match (2013), Ride Along (2014), About Last Night (2014) and Get Hard(2015). He also released two more comedy albums, Seriously Funny in 2010 and Laugh at My Pain in 2011. He is currently the lead role in Real Husbands of Hollywood.
Hart said that Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Bill Cosby influenced him to become a comedian.
"Chris Rock is a mentor and a friend. Reason being, because Chris Rock has taken stand-up comedy and elevated it into a business. Where he is now a mogul. But he's a brand at the same time. He tours when he wants to. He directs. He produces. He writes. And within that, he creates for himself. So there's never a stop to the amount of work that Chris Rock can do."
"Eddie Murphy is an inspiration and a mentor and a friend as well. Because Eddie Murphy set the bar and proved that doing stand-up comedy can be cool, you know, and sexy, and almost rock 'n' roll-ish. You know. It doesn't have to be something that's clowned upon. Eddie Murphy did arenas when it was unheard of."
"I have to say Bill Cosby, for the simple fact that Bill Cosby made it cool to talk about real life and marriage and kids. Things that people didn't think about at one point in time in show business. You don't have to be filthy to make people laugh. Not that I'm not filthy. Because I am. You know, he's definitely an inspiration, because he showed that there's a different road and avenue to take within stand-up comedy."
2014- NAACP Image Award- Outstanding Comedy Series- Real Husbands of Hollywood
2014- NAACP Image Award- Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series- Real Husbands of Hollywood
2014- NAACP Image Award- Entertainer of the Year
2014- Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award- Favorite Funny Star
2014- MTV Movie Award- Best Comedic Performance
2014- Acapulco Black Film Festival- Artist of the Year- Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, This Is the End, Grudge Match
2015- Teen Choice Award- Choice Movie Actor: Comedy- Ride Along
2015- Teen Choice Award- Choice Comedian
2015- MTV Movie Award- Comedic Genius Award