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Michael Elliot Epps was born on November 18, 1970, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the child of Mary Reed and Tommy Epps. His comedic talents were fostered at an early age. As an adolescent, Epps began performing stand-up comedy. Before relocating to Brooklyn, Epps worked at the Comedy Act Theater in Atlanta.
Mike Epps is married to Kyra Robinson, the executive producer and creator of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” on the OWN Network. In June 2019, they were married in Newport Beach, California.
From 2006 to 2017, he was previously married to Mechelle McCain. Epps has four children, three with McCain and one from a previous relationship.
Comedy and Film Profession
1995 was the year of Mike Epp’s breakthrough when he moved to Brooklyn and joined the “Def Comedy Jam” tour. He also starred in two episodes of “Def Comedy Jam” on HBO. These opportunities were instrumental in launching his comedy career and gaining him widespread recognition.
His first film appearance was in “Strays” (1997), the directorial debut of Vin Diesel. He was then cast alongside Ice Cube in “Next Friday” (1999), the second installment in the “Friday” franchise.
Ice Cube invited him to try out for the part of Day-Day Jones after observing one of his stand-up performances and enjoying it.
In the film “Friday After Next” (2002), he would reprise his role as Day-Day Jones. During the same year, he also collaborated with Ice Cube on the film “All About the Benjamins”.
Other films he worked on during the late 1990s and early 2000s include “How High” (2001) with Method Man and Redman, “3 Strikes” (2000), “Bait” (2000) with Jamie Foxx, and “Dr. Dolittle 2,” in which he voiced Sonny the Bear. In the 2008 film “Open Season 2,” he also portrayed the character Boog, another bear.
Epps had an exceedingly productive year in 2008. In the same year, he appeared in the ensemble comedy “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins” alongside Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones, and Joy Bryant; “The Grand”, directed by Zak Penn and starring Woody Harrelson and Cheryl Hines; “Soul Men”, starring Samuel L. Jackson; and “Hancock”, starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron.
In 2011, he was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance as Willie Earl in “Jumping the Broom” (2011).
Epps has additionally been nominated for a BET Comedy Award, Black Reel Award, and other accolades. In 2012, he was cast in “Sparkle,” a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, opposite Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston. He portrayed Satin, the primary antagonist, in the film.
In addition to “Malibu’s Most Wanted” (2003), Epps has appeared in “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004), “The Honeymooners” (2005), “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007), “The Hangover” (2009), and “The Hangover Part III” (2013).
He has appeared in films such as “The Fighting Temptations” (2003) with Beyoncé, “Repentance” (2014), “School Dance” (2014), “Stealing Cars” (2015), “Nina” (2016), “Meet the Blacks” (2016), “Girls Trip” (2017), “Where’s the Money” (2017), “Death Wish” (2018), “Troop Zero” (2019), “Dolemite Is My Name” (2019).
In addition to his acting career, Epps has remained active in the realm of comedy. “Under Rated & Never Faded” was the title of his 2010 stand-up comedy special. He also hosted the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards that year. He released the comedy specials “Mike Epps: Don’t Take It Personal” in 2015 and “Mike Epps: Only One Mike” in 2019.
Career in Recording and Music
The album “Funny Bidness: Da Album” was published by Mike Epps in October 2009. Young Dro, Slim Thug, Too Short, DJ Quik, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg, and Young Jeezy all make appearances.
It debuted at number 98 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number nine on the Top Comedy Albums chart. He has been featured on a number of other tracks and projects, including French Montana’s “Mac Wit Da Cheese” (2009) mixtape, Dom Kennedy’s song “Intro/Hard Work”, and his stand-up comedy in “Under Rate & Never Faded” has been sampled by Bad Meets Evils and J. Cole.
What is the Net Worth and Salary of Mike Epps?
Mike Epps is a comedian, actor, producer, musician, and rap artist with a $5 million net worth. Mike Epps is best known for his stand-up work with the “Def Comedy Jam” tour and his work in the “Friday” franchise alongside Ice Cube.