Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan

 

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Currently starring on NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning “30 Rock,” Morgan appears opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin as “Tracy Jordan,” the unpredictable star of Lemon’s (Fey) hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” In 2009 Morgan received his first Emmy Nomination for this role, in the Supporting Actor category; he has in four past years also been nominated for a Supporting Actor NAACP Image Award. The “30 Rock” cast has also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.”

Last year was another busy one for Morgan. First up was Kevin Smith’s COP OUT. In the feature, he starred with Bruce Willis as two cops given the grim tasks of locating a stolen baseball card to pay for a wedding, rescuing a kidnapped woman, and combating gangsters whose main goals are laundering money and elevating the death count in Brooklyn. In April, Morgan starred in the comedy DEATH AT A FUNERAL for Screen Gems. The film, a remake of the 2007 British movie of the same name, also featured Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, and Danny Glover. The independent romantic comedy feature NAILED (from David O. Russell) in which Morgan also appears, alongside Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal, will be released later in 2010. Next up, Morgan tackles the drama THE SON OF NO ONE with Al Pacino and Juliette Binoche. The film is due out in 2011 and had been selected to be a part of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Morgan recently began production on his next film, PREDISPOSED, which also stars Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo.

Last summer Morgan made his animation debut lending his voice for Jerry Bruckheimer’s G-FORCE, a combination live-action/CG film. Morgan starred as “Blaster,” one of the highly trained secret agent guinea pigs dispatched to save the world. The film opened number one in US box offices and was celebrated by audiences worldwide. This spring Morgan was heard again in the animated adventure film, RIO, about a domesticated macaw that travels down to Rio De Jineiro.

Another milestone for Morgan was reached in 2009 with the release of his first book, a compilation of studied anecdotes and some of the more serious moments that shaped him and his career entitled I Am The New Black. He also headlined the famed “New York Comedy Festival” which featured acclaimed comedians including Bill Maher, Andy Samberg, and Patton Oswalt, among others. Lastly, Morgan rounded out his list of great comedic achievements with his first HBO Special, “Black & Blue” which aired in the fall.

As a stand-up comic who has headlined across the country, Morgan was first introduced to television audiences in his role as “Hustleman” on the hit comedy series “Martin.” He went on to join “Saturday Night Live” in 1996 where he appeared for seven seasons and created such memorable characters as “Astronaut Jones” and “Brian Fellows.” After leaving SNL, Morgan went on to star in his own comedy series “The Tracy Morgan Show” and voiced “Spoonie Luv” on Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers.” Additional film credits include: Dimension Films’ SUPERHERO MOVIE, FIRST SUNDAY opposite Ice Cube and Katt Williams, THE LONGEST YARD opposite Adam Sandler, the Wayan’s brothers LITTLE MAN, JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK AND HEAD OF STATE.

Morgan currently resides in New Jersey.