Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker

Tucker in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Christopher Tucker

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 31, 1971

Ethnicity: African-American

Chris Tucker is an American actor and stand-up comedian.

He was born to African-American parents, Mary Louise (Bryant) and Norris Tucker, and was raised in Decatur, Georgia. He has a son with his former wife Azja Pryor.

Chris’s paternal grandparents are named Deacon Charlie Sims and Sara.

Chris’s maternal grandfather is Theodore Arthur Bryant, Jr. (the son of Theodore Arthur Bryant, Sr. and Zudie/Zudia Waits). Chris’s grandfather was born in Georgia. Chris’s great-grandfather Theodore was the son of Spencer Bryant and Mary Ann Shoemaker. Zudie was the daughter of Henry Crawford Waits and Ella King.

Chris’s maternal grandmother is Flora B. Robinson (the daughter of John Robinson and Mary Harris). Flora was born in Georgia. John was the son of Joseph Robinson and Sarah De Lamar/DeLamar. Mary was the daughter of Daniel Harris and Flora Allen.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives (2006) stated that Chris’s genetic ancestry is:

*83% Sub-Saharan African
*10% Native American
*7% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Chris’s African DNA matches the Mbundu people of Angola, the Basa people of Nigeria, the Ewondo/Bamileke people Cameroon, the Biaka/Mbenzele people of the Central African Republic, and the Chwabo people of Mozambique.

Sources: Obituary of Chris’s father –

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Theodore Arthur Bryant, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Flora B. Robinson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. GLXY says:

    CORRECTION: In his 2009 book , In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past., Henry Louis Gates wrote on page 410 more details about Chris Tucker’s african ancestry:

    He has Mbundu (Angola), Basa (Nigeria), Ewondo/Bamileke (Cameroon), Biaka/Mbenzele (Central African Republic) and Chwabo (Mozambique) roots.

  2. Aleksandr says:

    CORRECTION Chris Tucker is of Angolan heritage,

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