Birth Name: David Khari Webber Chappelle
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Date of Birth: August 24, 1973
Ethnicity: African-American [including Ivorian], one quarter African-Grenadian
Dave Chappelle is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is known for his television series Chapelle’s Show, and for his stand-up comedy act.
Dave is the son of Yvonne K. (Reed) and William David Chapelle III, both professors. His mother is also a Unitarian Universalist minister. Dave’s African ancestry includes Ivorian. Dave is married to Elaine Erfe, with whom he has three children.
All of Dave’s grandparents were black. Dave has occasionally stated that his mother has recent white ancestry. It is not clear if any of Dave’s great-grandparents were white.
Dave’s paternal grandfather was Henry Talmage Chappelle (the son of William David Chappelle and Rosina C. Palmer). Henry was born in Tennessee. Dave’s great-grandfather William D. Chappelle was an educationalist, and a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, who was President of Allen University. He was the son of Henry Chappelle and Patsie/Patsy McCrory/McCory. Dave’s great-grandmother Rosina’s father, Robert J. Palmer, who was a merchant and owned land, was a member of the South Carolina Legislature, then majority black, during Reconstruction.
Dave’s paternal grandmother was named Leola Webber.
Dave’s maternal grandfather was George Raymond Reed (the son of Samuel Reed). George was born in Washington, D.C.
Dave’s maternal grandmother was Beatrice Murray (the daughter of Moses Butler Beakes). Beatrice was born in Grenada, and was a real estate broker and civil rights activist.
Source: Genealogy of Dave Chappelle – http://www.wargs.com
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