Atlanta actor Chris Tucker hosts his annual celebrity golf tournament

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – The annual Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by award-winning Atlanta native actor, comedian and philanthropist Chris Tucker is underway at Eagles Landing Golf Course in Stockbridge.

The annual golf tournament raises funds for important programs that support children and education in the Atlanta metro area.

Several friends of Tuckers attended the tournament, including NBA legends Julius Dr J Erving, Dominique Wilkins, Dikembe Mutombo, Vince Carter, Chris Spencer and Henry County Sheriff Scandrett.

Tucker said the money will go to scholarships and other charities to benefit young people. The idea of ​​creating the Chris Tucker Foundation was inspired by his mother.

“Anything we can do to help someone, we try to do. My mother told me that she saw me traveling all over the world with different people helping people in Africa and told me that I should start a foundation. So my mother helped me start it. She suggested it so we could do more,” Tucker said.

According to officials, the Chris Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting young people and families, locally, nationally and internationally through innovative programs and life-changing funding.

Jules “Dr. J” Erving, Dominique Wilkins, Dikembe Mutombo, Vince Carter, Chris Spencer, Flex Alexander, former Mayor Bill Campbell, Seema Sadekar, Professor Ray Grant and others attended the golf tournament.

Widely recognized as one of the greatest comedians, Tucker’s films have collectively grossed over $1 billion since the 1990s.

Tucker first exploded onto the scene in the early 1990s when he appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in 1992. He then had minor roles in House Party sequels before getting his first big break from the legend. of rap Ice Cube in the hit classic “Friday” where he played the role of the character “Smokey”.

In 1996, Tucker appeared in The Fifth Element, which also starred actor Bruce Willis.

In 1997, Tucker starred and served as an executive producer in the hit movie titled “Money talks” alongside actor Charlie Sheen. He became a global superstar after appearing in the 1998 hit movie titled “Peak hour” with actor Jackie Chan. Tucker and Chan went on to star in two more Rush Hour films which achieved worldwide box office success.

He also appeared in several other notable films including the Oscar nominated film titled, “Silver Linings Playbook” with Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper.

Officials told CBS46 News that Tucker is currently working on a national comedy tour across the United States.

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