• Dave Chappelle is an American stand-up comedian and actor born in 1973
• He started pursuing comedy after being inspired by Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor
• He achieved stardom with the comedy film “The Nutty Professor” and the comedy sketch series “Chappelle's Show”
• He has signed a deal with Netflix for 3 comedy specials, with a paycheck of $20 million for one special
• He is married to Elaine Mendoza Efre, with whom he has 3 children.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthAugust 24, 1973
SpouseElaine Chappelle
MarkHis comedic point-of-view of popular culture and drugs
FactHas a brother, William, and a sister, Felicia.
PaymentsEarned $1,000,000 approx. for season 2 from Chappelle's Show (2003)

Who is Dave Chappelle?

Born David Khari Webber Chappelle on the 24th August 1973 in Washington D.C. USA, Dave is a stand-up comedian and actor, who came to prominence through his comedy sketch series “Chappelle’s Show”, aired on Comedy Central. Since then he has gone on to tour the USA and is currently promoting his Netflix special.

Dave Chappelle’s Background

Dave is the youngest child of William Davide Chappelle III, a professor at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Yvonne K Chappelle Seon, who worked as a professor at Howard University, while also taking a position at the University of Maryland. Of African-American heritage, his great-grandfather was William D. Chappelle, an American educationalist and bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

When it comes to his education, Dave was a pupil at Woodlin Elementary School, and it was around this time that he started showcasing his comedy skills. After discovering such comedians as Eddie Murphy, and Richard Pryor, Dave became fully focused on comedy.  He studied theatre arts at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and soon after matriculating, he was off to New York City in pursuit of his career.

The Very First Public Appearance

He made his debut at the Apollo Theater during Amateur Night, and as with many others, was booed off stage. However, this only encouraged him to continue to pursue his dreams. He continued to work hard, and since then has become one of the most successful comedians.

Rise to Fame

In the mid- ‘90s, Dave attracted increasing attention for his work; being a flamboyant character helped him in a great way, but it wasn’t until the comedy film “The Nutty Professor” that he reached popularity. Appearing next to his role model, Eddie Murphy, following the success of the film, doors started opening for Dave, and before the ‘90s ended, he became a recognizable face. In 1998 he and Neal Brennan co-wrote the film “Half Baked”, now a classic, with Dave in the lead role and which became a box office hit, which also helped lift his net worth.

With the beginning of the new millennium, Dave started working with HBO, having his own special, but it was in 2003 that he reached stardom, when Comedy Central picked up “Chappelle’s Show”. Chappelle and his long-time collaborator Brennan created the show incorporating their sketch comedy skills. The show aired until 2006, but Dave left the show before its third season, since when Chappelle went on tour across the US, and also made several television appearances.

Extravagant Netlfix Deal for $60 Million

Thanks to his extreme popularity, Dave has come to terms with Netflix, signing a contract for three comedy specials, with a pay of $20 million for one special. So far, he has released two specials “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity”, and “Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation”, both in 2017.

Dave Chappelle Net Worth and Assets

Have you wondered how rich Dave Chappelle is? Well, thanks to his enormous success, Dave’s wealth is estimated at $42 million, as of early 2018. Aside from a considerable bank balance, Dave also owns a 65 acre estate near Yellow Springs, Ohio, and is the owner of a number of homes in Xenia, Ohio.

Is Dave a married man?

Since 2001, Dave has been married to Elaine Mendoza Efre, with whom he has three children – sons Ibrahim and Suleyman, and daughter Sanaa.


General Info

Full NameDave Chappelle
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthAugust 24, 1973
Height1.83 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Film producer, Actor, Artist
EducationDuke Ellington School of the Arts


SpouseElaine Chappelle
ChildrenSonal Chappelle, Ibrahim Chappelle, Sulayman Chappelle
ParentsYvonne Reed, William David Chappelle III
SiblingsFelicia Chappelle Jones, William S. Chappelle


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Progra...
MoviesHalf Baked, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, The Nutty Professor, Undercover Brother, Blue Streak, Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Con Air, You've Got Mail, Screwed, 200 Cigarettes, Chi-Raq, Undercover Blues, The Real Blonde, I'm Rick...
TV ShowsChappelle's Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Wanda at Large, Buddies, Inside the Actors Studio, Def Comedy Jam, Where's Elvis This Week?

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#Marks / Signs
1Newsboy cap
2His comedic point-of-view of popular culture and drugs


Chappelle's Show (2003)$5,000,000 per seasons 3 and 4
Chappelle's Show (2003)$1,000,000 approx. for season 2


1You can get infamous but you can't get un-famous.
2I want to tell my jokes. I want to have time with my children. I want to entertain people. And at one point, I'll walk away from show business. But I don't want to walk away empty-handed.
3[on Chappelle's Show (2003)] It was like taking somebody on a tour through a young black man's subconscious, and I don't think America has been there. So in a way it was kind of like reality TV, right?
4[on Chappelle's Show (2003)] I have to say, it was by far the best experience I ever had working in television. When you hear me say, like, 'I quit' and all this stuff, I mean, that was literally just like the tension and the dramatic situation of creating something. And the network executives have their responsibilities and I have my responsibilities, so this is a natural tension of these relationships. By far, it was better than any situation I ever had in corporate television.
5[on living in Ohio] Turns out you don't need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you. You guys are the best neighbors ever... That's why I came back and that's why I'm staying.
6I don't normally talk about my religion publicly because I don't want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.
7You can become famous but you can't become unfamous. You can become infamous but not unfamous.
8I look at it like that word, 'nigger', used to be a word of oppression. But that when I say it, it feels more like an act of freedom. For me to be able to say that unapologetically on television.
9"I figured, let me just cut myself off from everybody, take a minute and pull a Flintstone, stop a speeding car by using my bare feet as brakes." - on his abrupt departure from Chappelle's Show (2003).
10If you're Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, and your marriage is breaking up - that's an awful thing. But to see that speculation in people, it's gotta sting a little bit.
11I still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds.


1Appeared on Actor Studio on 12th February 2006 [February 2006]
2Currently has his own show titled Chappelle's Show (2003) on Comedy Central. [January 2003]
3Living in Ohio after leaving for Africa on a spiritual retreat. [December 2005]
4His surname is pronounced "Shuh-pel".
5Met Muhammad Ali when he was three years old. A photo of their meeting is in the Bettman Archive.
6Has a brother, William, and a sister, Felicia.
7Named his production company "Pilot Boy Productions" in reference to the many failed pilots in which he starred.
8His maternal grandfather was a blind Caucasian who was raised to believe that he was African-American.
9Was considered by Kevin Smith to play Fletch in his aborted "Fletch Won" reboot. But Miramax refused him.
10He has two sons, Sulayman and Ibrahim, and a daughter, Sonal.
11His mother has been a professor at Howard University, Wilberforce University, Central State University and University of Maryland. She is also a Unitarian Universalist minister.
12Wife Elaine is a Filipina.
13Made the Forbes Celebrity 100 List with $12 million in earnings.
14His favorite show is MTV's Real World (1992).
15#43 on Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Standups of All Time. He is the youngest person to make the list.
16Due to the popularity of his show, Comedy Central's parent company Viacom cut a $50 million deal with him that will continue the production of Chappelle's Show (2003) for two more years and will allow him to do side projects.
17He has gone on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 8 times so far, more appearances than he has had on all other talk shows combined.
18Is very good friends with fellow comedian Mario Cantone, who appears in the "Ask A Gay Dude" segment on Chappelle's Show (2003).
19Was best friends and frequent co-writers with Neal Brennan. Their partnership ended when Chappelle abruptly left Chappelle's Show (2003) in its third season, though as of 2011 they have since patched things up with each other personally.
20Is one of the few (if not only) celebrities to do advertisements for both Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
21Grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and Washington, D.C., and still lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with his wife and children.
22His father taught music and voice at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
23Was in talks to play Rick James in a film about James' life. Prior to James' death, due to some content objections by Rick James himself, it was decided the project would not happen. (2004)
24Turned down an offer to host the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards 2004 (2004).
25Is currently in the beginning of talks about a movie involving his family and historical events they are fictionally involved in. [2004]
26Sits in with Howard Stern when in New York. Chappelle is one of Stern's favorite comedians.
27Often appears opposite a Saturday Night Live (1975) star: Screwed (2000) (with Norm MacDonald), Half Baked (1998) (with Jim Breuer), and Undercover Brother (2002) (with Chris Kattan).




The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV Special special material written by
Chappelle's ShowTV Series creator - 33 episodes, 2003 - 2006 writer - 32 episodes, 2003 - 2006
Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005Documentary
Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth2004TV Special documentary written by
Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly2000TV Special documentary written by
Half Baked1998written by
HBO Comedy Half-Hour1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dave Chappelle Project1998TV Movie written by
Damn Whitey1997Short written by
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist1997TV Series additional material - 1 episode
Comic Justice1993TV Series 1993


Crank Yankers2002-2007TV SeriesFrancis / Shavin
Chappelle's Show2006TV SeriesVarious
Wanda at Large2003TV SeriesVincent
Undercover Brother2002Conspiracy Brother
Screwed2000Rusty P. Hayes
Blue Streak1999Tulley
200 Cigarettes1999Disco Cabbie
You've Got Mail1998Kevin Jackson
The Larry Sanders Show1998TV SeriesDave Chappelle
Half Baked1998Thurgood Jenkins / Sir Smoke-a-Lot
Bowl of Pork1997ShortBlack Forrest Gump
Damn Whitey1997ShortDave
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV SeriesSpider
The Real Blonde1997Zee
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist1997TV SeriesDave
Con Air1997Pinball
Joe's Apartment1996Cockroach (voice)
The Nutty Professor1996Reggie Warrington
Buddies1996TV SeriesDave Carlisle
Home Improvement1995TV SeriesDave
Getting In1994Ron
Undercover Blues1993Ozzie
Robin Hood: Men in Tights1993Ahchoo
The End of August1982Kid on beach (uncredited)


Chappelle's Show2003-2006TV Series executive producer - 33 episodes
Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005Documentary producer
Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth2004TV Special documentary executive producer
Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly2000TV Special documentary executive producer
Half Baked1998producer - uncredited
The Dave Chappelle Project1998TV Movie executive producer


Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005Documentary performer: "Round Midnight", "Misty"
Chappelle's ShowTV Series performer - 7 episodes, 2003 - 2004 writer - 4 episodes, 2003 - 2004
Half Baked1998performer: "Samson Gets Me Lifted", "Mr. Nice Guy" - uncredited / writer: "Samson Gets Me Lifted", "Mr. Nice Guy" - uncredited


The GQ Men of the Year Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny!2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern2001-2002TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Black Comedy2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Open Mic2001DocumentaryHimself
Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly2000TV Special documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares1999TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief VIII1998TV SpecialHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-1998TV SeriesHimself
HBO Comedy Half-Hour1997-1998TV SeriesHimself
The Dave Chappelle Project1998TV MovieHimself
MTV Jams1996TV SeriesHimself (1999)
Where's Elvis This Week?1996TV SeriesHimself
Comics Come Home 21996TV MovieHimself
1995 Young Comedians Special1995TV SpecialHimself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comic Relief VI1994TV Special documentaryHimself
Comedy: Coast to Coast1994TV MovieHimself
Comic Justice1993TV SeriesHimself - Comedian (1993)
The Word1993TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1993TV SeriesHimself
Def Comedy Jam1992TV SeriesHimself - Comedian (1993)
An Evening at the Improv1991TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
1/2 Hour Comedy Hour1990TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
Saturday Night Live2016TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
The 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Celebrating Eddie Murphy2015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Today at Wimbledon2015TV SeriesHimself - Spectator
Wimbledon2015TV SeriesHimself - Spectator
Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber2015TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Red Carpet Special2015TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Unsung Hollywood2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic2013DocumentaryHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2006-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996-2008TV SeriesHimself
Iconoclasts2006TV Series documentary
Biography1996-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank?2006TV MovieHimself
Ohio Players2006Video documentary shortHimself
September in Brooklyn: The Making of 'Block Party'2006Video documentary shortHimself
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2006TV SeriesHimself
Richard Pryor: The Funniest Man Dead or Alive2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005DocumentaryHimself - Host
Def Poetry2002-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology2005Video documentaryHimself (segment "Two Words")
Just for Laughs2005TV SeriesHimself
Bar Mitzvah Bash!2004TV MovieHimself
Sex and the City: A Farewell2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
60 Minutes Wednesday2004TV Series documentaryHimself
BET Comedy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth2004TV Special documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002-2004TV SeriesHimself
Chappelle's Show2003-2004TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
Last Call with Carson Daly2002-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show1998-2004TV SeriesHimself
Total Request Live2004TV SeriesHimself
Essence Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Commies2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!2003TV Special documentaryHimself
VH1 Big in 032003TV SpecialHimself
The Mark Twain Prize: Lily Tomlin2003TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

I'm Rick James2009DocumentaryHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2007TV SeriesHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2006TV SeriesHimself
The Fabulous Making of Chappelle's Show Season 3ish2006Video documentary shortVarious
Last Laugh '052005TV MovieHimself
60 Minutes2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Comedian (segment "Dave Chappelle")
Chappelle's Show2004TV SeriesVarious
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself #43
Real World2001TV SeriesHimself
Full Mountie2000TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2005Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Comedic PerformanceChappelle's Show (2003)
2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsVariety PerformerChappelle's Show (2003)
2004Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Comedic PerformanceChappelle's Show (2003)

Nominated Awards

2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SpecialDave Chappelle: For What It's Worth (2004)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesChappelle's Show (2003)
2005PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Variety TelevisionChappelle's Show (2003)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Comedian
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SeriesChappelle's Show (2003)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramChappelle's Show (2003)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesChappelle's Show (2003)
2004Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Comedian

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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