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Actor and comedian Chris Tucker came to fame playing Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series.
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But nothing stuck. Compounding matter was that Tucker also had to face severe financial difficulties. Despite his earnings, it was reported around this time that Tucker owed the IRS more than $12 million in back taxes.
In 2011, perhaps owing to the fact that he needed to work again, Tucker returned to the world of stand-up. His breakthrough return came the following year in the film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper,
Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence. The project cast Tucker as a funny but troubled man trying to overcome mental illness. The role drew praise from critics and jump-started talk about Tucker's return to film.
Tucker, who splits his time between Atlanta and California, has a son, Destin Christopher Tucker, who was born in 1998.
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