Kevin Hart (born July 6, 1980), American actor and comedian, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After winning a few contests, he quit his job as a shoe salesman and embarked on a career in comedy. His performance in big shows has led him to be in feature films such as Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, Along Came Polly, Scary Movie 4, and Death at a Funeral.
While working as a shoe salesman in Philadelphia, Kevin Hart decided to give standup a try at a local comedy club’s amateur night. He was a success and began performing full time at clubs such as the Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Stand-Up NY, The Improvisation, The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His performance at the Montreal Comedy Festival led to work in feature films such as Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003) and Along Came Polly (2004). He has also made guest appearances on the TV series Undeclared (2002) and worked on a pilot called Class of ’06 (2002).
Hart executive-produced, wrotes and starred in the ABC-TV sitcom The Big House, which debuted April 2, 2004 and was loosely based on his family in Philadelphia. He also played the lead role of Nashawn in Soul Plane (2004), about a man who is awarded $100 million as a settlement after a humiliating and horrific experience on a commercial airline flight.
In 2005 he won a Platinum Mic Viewers Choice Award at the BET Comedy Awards.
Hart has two children with his wife, Torrie, whom he married in 2003.