Well, since you are reading this, there is no doubt that you know how popular Chris Tucker once was. A comedian and an actor, Chris was once at the top of the mountain in his profession. The highest-paid actor in Hollywood back in 2007 is an achievement that he can be proud of.
Some of his most known roles are in F. Gary Gray’s Friday where he played Smokey, as well as Detective James Carter who he played in Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour film series. It would be correct to say that the latter was his best role, the one that he is the most known for.
Rush Hour made him famous and it was the reason for him becoming the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. The move with Jackie Chan was a big hit and it sparked the trilogy after it had the initial success. Tucker saw the opportunity to cash in – that is exactly what he has done. After demanding 20 million dollars for the sequel, he was granted his wish. Then, for the third movie, he successfully negotiated a 40 million two-movie contract with New Line Cinema. Out of those 40 million dollars, 25 was his salary for the Rush Hour 3 movie.
When you hear that somebody was once the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and is still actually a viable figure in the industry, you would probably assume that he is quite rich, that his net worth is pretty stable.
Well, that is something that we can’t say about Chris Tucker since he has had his fair share of troubles with all kinds of debt. In other words – his financial situation took a huge hit.
The actor faced foreclosure on his Florida mansion that was worth around 6 million dollars and was around 10.000 square foot size. Because of that, he ended up with IRS chasing him since he owed 14 million dollars in taxes. That’s for the period from 2001 to 2005.
The mortgage on it was quite big – 4.4 million dollars. He did say that he did not generate enough income at the time and that he couldn’t pay his bills.
Today, his net worth is around 3 million dollars, even though you are going to find some information that he has a negative net worth. That was just the number that the IRS was chasing him around for.
Everybody faces some highs and lows in their life. Chris Tucker is a perfect example of that. The father of one is still a good actor and is still hanging around in the industry, waiting for something that’s going to balloon his wallet yet again.
There are rumors that he is in talks with Ice Cube to arrange a new Friday movie. That is something that would help his career, no doubt. Smokey was one of his most famous roles.
If there ever was Rush Hour 4, Chris Tucker would probably be the happiest guy in the world since his financial situation would take a huge turn for the better if that ends up happening. We’ll see if any of these ideas come to life in the future.