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Bessie Tucker

Biography

Very little is well known of the traditional blues belter Bessie Tucker, something from the folk and field holler vocal traditions of her indigenous East Texas region. A female whose petite framework belied the earthy power of her tone of voice, her legend is basically founded on a bawdy 1928 Memphis program for the Victor label which she was associated with pianist K.D. Johnson; the day yielded her best-known monitor, “Penitentiary” (sung honoring an organization to which she was apparently no stranger). A 1929 day followed, of which period Tucker vanished from performing, evidently for good; simply no data exists for the later occasions of her existence.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bessie Tucker
Died January 6, 1933, Dallas, Texas, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Music Songs Fryin' Pan Skillet Blues, Key to the Bushes Blues, Fort Worth and Denver Blues, My Man Has Quit Me, Old Black Mary, Better Boot That Thing, Bessie's Moan, Mean Old Master Blues, The Dummy, Black Name Moan, Mean Old Jack Stropper Blues, Got Cut All to Pieces, Whistling Woman Blues, Katy Blues, Penitentiary, Penitentiary Blues, T.B. Moan, Fort Worth and Denver, The Katy, Bogey Man Blues, Got All Cut to Pieces
Albums Penitentiary, Country and Urban Blues, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order: 1928-1929, Bessie S Moan, Bessie Tucker (1928 - 1929)


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#Fact
1 During a 9-year period from 1998 to 2007, the only films Tucker appeared in were the three "Rush Hour" films.
2 Lives in Tarzana, California, Longwood, Montverde, Florida and McDonough, Georgia.
3 Images of him were edited out from stock footage, in the Next Friday (2000) DVD bonus material.
4 Has Native American ancestry.
5 Appears occasionally at charity concerts and functions and is dedicated to helping bring attention to African poverty and hunger issues in America.
6 On May 25, 2005 he testified in defense of Michael Jackson during Jackson's trial on charges of child molestation.
7 On April 17, 2005, he was arrested in Georgia for reckless driving and fleeing to elude after he did not pull over right away. Sheriffs claimed he was driving 109 mph in his 2005 Bentley.
8 He has a son named Destin Christopher Tucker.
9 Graduate of Columbia High School.
10 In 1999, he signed a two-picture $45 million deal with New Line Cinema - including $20 million to co-star in Rush Hour 2 (2001) - The second movie was Rush Hour 3 (2007).
11 His breakout role was that of "Smokey" in Friday (1995).
12 Well known for parodying the Cuban accent of the Tony Montana character from Scarface (1983).
13 Stand-up comic.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rush Hour 4 announced Carter (rumored)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2016 Albert
Silver Linings Playbook 2012 Danny
Rush Hour 3 2007 Carter
Michael Jackson: You Rock My World 2001 Video short Chris Tucker
Rush Hour 2 2001 Carter
Rush Hour 1998 Carter
Jackie Brown 1997 Beaumont Livingston
Money Talks 1997 Franklin Hatchett
The Fifth Element 1997 Ruby Rhod
2Pac Featuring Dr. Dre: California Love 1996 Video short Evil Tribal Chief
Dead Presidents 1995 Skip
Panther 1995/I Bodyguard
Friday 1995 Smokey
House Party 3 1994 Johnny Booze
The Meteor Man 1993 MC in Mall (uncredited)
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper 1992 TV Series Rapper

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rush Hour 3 2007 performer: "Closer I Get to You", "Kung Fu Fighting", "The Star-Spangled Banner" uncredited
Rush Hour 2 2001 performer: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chris Tucker Live 2015 TV Special documentary

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Money Talks 1997 executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning Britain 2017 TV Series Himself
Steve Harvey 2017 TV Series Himself
WGN Morning News 2017 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Comedian
Brett & Jackie Look Back at the 'Rush Hour' Trilogy 2016 Video documentary short Himself
This Week in Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
2016 Golden Globe Arrivals Special 2016 TV Special Himself
The Talk 2015 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2015 TV Series Himself
Chris Tucker Live 2015 TV Special documentary Himself
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The View 2015 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2007-2015 TV Series Himself
4TH NAFCA: African Oscar 2014 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
BET Awards 2013 2013 TV Special Himself - Host
Power of Love: Quincy Jones & Sir Michael Caine's 80th Birthday Celebration 2013 TV Special Himself
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Conan 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2013 TV Series Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Himself
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1997-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself (2013)
Lopez Tonight 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Role That Changed My Life 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The Jeffrey Henderson Show 2010 TV Series Himself
The BET Honors 2010 TV Special Himself
Andrew Young Presents 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Michael Jackson NRJ 12 Tribute 2009 TV Movie Himself
17th Annual Trumpet Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2009 TV Series Himself
Q: The Man 2009 Video documentary Himself
16th Annual Trumpet Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Autour de 'Rush Hour 3' en 80 mots 2008 Video documentary Himself
Le Rush Hour Trois: Production Diaries 2007 Video documentary Himself
Making 'Rush Hour 3' 2007 Video documentary Himself
Getaway 2007 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Traveller
Charlie Rose 2001-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2007 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2007 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2007 TV Series documentary short Himself
Rush Hour 1, 2, 3! 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Rush Hour 3: The French Connection 2007 Video documentary short Himself
38th NAACP Image Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
2006 Trumpet Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Host
African American Lives 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Richard Pryor: The Funniest Man Dead or Alive 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 TV Special Himself
Live 8 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
36th NAACP Image Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Host
The Heart of America Tour 2004 Documentary short Himself
19th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Michael Jackson: The One 2004 TV Movie documentary video "You Rock My World"
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Louis Gates Jr. 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Jackie Chan: Fast, Funny and Furious 2002 Video documentary Himself
The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 TV Special Himself (via satellite)
2nd Annual BET Awards 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
2002 MTV Movie Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '02 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
33rd NAACP Image Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Host
2002 Trumpet Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Heroes of Black Comedy 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
17th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Fashion of 'Rush Hour 2' 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Rush Hour 2: Evolution of a Scene 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Whoopi Goldberg 2001 TV Movie Himself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Making Magic Out of Mire 2001 Video documentary Himself
The Priory 2001 TV Series Himself
1st Annual BET Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
2001 MTV Movie Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Presenter
32nd NAACP Image Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Host
Attaining International Stardom 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Culture Clash: West Meets East 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Diary 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Kung Fu Choreography 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Language Barrier 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
Larry King Live 2000 TV Series Himself
1999 MTV Movie Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
30th NAACP Image Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
A Piece of the Action: Behind the Scenes of 'Rush Hour' 1999 Video documentary short Himself
The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Ôsama no buranchi 1999 TV Series Himself
1998 MTV Movie Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1998 TV Series Himself
The Howard Stern Radio Show 1998 TV Series Himself
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series Himself
1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Himself
1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
Def Comedy Jam: Primetime 1994 TV Special documentary Himself
Soul Train Comedy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Performer
Def Comedy Jam 1992 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Roseanne 1988 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lorraine 2017 TV Series Himself
Nostalgia Critic 2016 TV Series Carter
Extra 2015 TV Series Himself
The 10 Faces of Michael Jackson 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 2 2009 TV Series Himself - Rock My World Video
Video on Trial 2005 TV Series Passenger
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary
Michael Jackson: Number Ones 2003 Video documentary Chris (segment "You Rock My World")
Next Friday 2000 Smokey (uncredited)
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Silver Linings Playbook (2012) · Bradley Cooper
· Robert De Niro
· Anupam Kher
· Jennifer Lawrence
· Dash Mihok
· John Ortiz
· Julia Stiles
· Jacki Weaver
· Shea Whigham
2012 Capri Ensemble Cast Award Capri, Hollywood Silver Linings Playbook (2012) · Bradley Cooper
· Jennifer Lawrence
· Robert De Niro
· Jacki Weaver
· Julia Stiles
2002 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Movie Star Rush Hour 2 (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Rush Hour 2 (2001) · Jackie Chan
2002 Special Award ShoWest Convention, USA Comedy Star of the Year
2002 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Choice Actor, Comedy Rush Hour 2 (2001)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Duo - Action/Adventure Rush Hour (1998) · Jackie Chan
1999 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo Rush Hour (1998) · Jackie Chan

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Silver Linings Playbook (2012) · Bradley Cooper
· Anupam Kher
· Jennifer Lawrence
· Robert De Niro
· Jacki Weaver
2013 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Silver Linings Playbook (2012) · Bradley Cooper
· Robert De Niro
· Anupam Kher
· Jennifer Lawrence
· Jacki Weaver
2012 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Silver Linings Playbook (2012) · Bradley Cooper
· Jennifer Lawrence
· Robert De Niro
· Jacki Weaver
· Anupam Kher
· John Ortiz
· Julia Stiles
· Shea Whigham
· Paul Herman
2012 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Silver Linings Playbook (2012) · Bradley Cooper
· Jennifer Lawrence
· Robert De Niro
· Jacki Weaver
· John Ortiz
· Anupam Kher
· Julia Stiles
· Paul Herman
· Dash Mihok
· Shea Whigham
2008 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Rush Hour 3 (2007) · Jackie Chan
· Mingming Sun
2008 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite On Screen Match-up Rush Hour 3 (2007) · Jackie Chan
2002 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Rush Hour 2 (2001)
2002 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Rush Hour 2 (2001)
2002 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Action Hero Rush Hour 2 (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance Rush Hour 2 (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team Rush Hour 2 (2001) · Jackie Chan
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Sequence Rush Hour 2 (2001)
2002 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Rush Hour 2 (2001)
2002 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Choice Chemistry Rush Hour 2 (2001) · Jackie Chan
1999 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Rush Hour (1998)
1999 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Movie Actor Rush Hour (1998)
1999 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance Rush Hour (1998)
1999 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Rush Hour (1998) · Jackie Chan
1998 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst New Star Le cinquième élément (1997)
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Friday (1995)
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance Friday (1995)
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo Friday (1995) · Ice Cube

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Silver Linings Playbook (2012) · Bradley Cooper
· Jennifer Lawrence
· Robert De Niro
· Jacki Weaver
· Anupam Kher
· John Ortiz
· Julia Stiles

TitleSalary
Rush Hour 3 (2007) $25,000,000
Rush Hour 2 (2001) $20,000,000
Rush Hour (1998) $3,000,000
Money Talks (1997) $2,000,000
Dead Presidents (1995) $25,000
Friday (1995) $15,000

#Quote
1 Traveling - even to Los Angeles - it was big... When I went out there with my country accent, people would laugh at the way I talk. They'd be like, "Say 'orange' again." I'd be like, "'Orange.' What?" Now, going around the world, it's such a great experience, I feel so blessed, because I get to see the world. I get a broad perspective of the world, and we've got so much here in America - and in Africa, there are places with no clean water, places with no schools, no hospitals. That really took me by surprise - well, educated me a lot. I would say in the last six years I've been doing a lot of educating myself about what's been going on in the world... Yeah, I just enjoy traveling, because that's how I educate myself, and there's nothing better than traveling to a place [to learn] about it.
2 I tell people that stand-up's like golf: you gotta do it every day to get it down - or at least three times a week to get it down.
3 I think real life reflects your movies. In your life, you pick stuff that influences what movie roles you wanna pick. I think if you've got an interesting life, you wanna do interesting movies about interesting things.
4 I will always do stand-up, even if my acting career takes off. Stand-up is my life.
5 When you're first starting out, you want to keep making good movies. When you're young and you're black, you do a bad movie and you're through.

#Trademark
1 High-pitched voice
2 Motormouth talker

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