Christopher Julius Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Rosalie (Tingman), a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped, and Julius Rock, a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman, whose own father was a preacher. Rock has been in stand-up comedy for several decades. He made his big screen debut in Полицейский из Беверли-Хиллз II (1987) and spent three years on the cast of Субботним вечером в прямом эфире (1975). He does commercials for 1-800 Collect and Nike and covered the presidential campaign for the show Неполиткорректно (1993). He lives in Alpine, New Jersey.