Tracy Morgan is no stranger to all comedy lovers because he is one of America’s best in the business. His entry into the comedy industry was as a result of the encouragement he received from his friend who urged him to take a shot at comedy while he owes his popularity to his participation in Saturday Night Live.
Now a well-known comedian and actor, Tracy’s had a very unpleasant upbringing. Everything seemed to be falling apart from him until he tried comedy and it became his saving grace from poverty and the selling of crack cocaine.
Tracy Morgan Bio (Age)
Born as Tracy Jamel Morgan on November 10, 1968, in the Bronx, New York City, the entertainer grew up in Tompkins Houses, Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He is the second of Alicia and Jimmy Morgan’s five children. His mother was a homemaker while his father, a musician, was sent home from military duty in the Vietnam War to recover fully from his addiction to heroin.
Meanwhile, the comedian was given the name”Tracy” by his dad in honor of his friend who died while they were fighting the Vietnam war. As a result of his father’s drug addiction, he left his young family when Morgan was just six years of age.
As a 17-year old student of DeWitt Clinton High School, Morgan was told that his father had contracted the dreaded AIDS through the use of needles which he used to inject drugs into his bloodstream. He had to drop out of school to care for his father who later died in November 1987.
Morgan left Saturday Night Live in 2003 and started his own show, “The Tracy Morgan Show”, the same year. Unfortunately, the show aired only for one season on NBC and was canceled due to low ratings. In 2016, his fellow former SNL star, Tina Fey, personally chose him to play the role of Tracy Jordan, a parody of himself, in her TV series, “30 Rock“.
In the first season, Tracy Morgan was paid $75,000 for each episode, totaling $1.5 million in the first season and by the time the show got to its sixth season in 2012, the comedian’s paycheck rose to $2.2 million for each episode. That same year, he reprised his voice role of Luiz in “Rio 2”, receiving $5 million for the job.
In 2010, he appeared in “Cop Out” and “Death At a Funeral” both of which grossed a total of $104.7 million.
Tracy has also made some good money from tours which are said to amount to an average of $41,000 each stop. On October 20, 2009, the funny man released his autobiography titled I Am the New Black. Thanks to his endeavors, Tracy Morgan is said to have an estimated net worth of $50 million.
Is He Dead Or Alive?
It is only natural for people to want to know whether Tracy is still alive after he was involved in a very terrible car crash on June 7th, 2014 which put him in a coma and claimed the life of fellow comedian, James McNair. On the said date, Morgan was on his way back from a comedy tour in a Mercedes Sprinter minibus alongside two other comedians – Harris Stanton and James McNair, in addition to some other people, when a Wal-Mart truck driven by Kevin Roper hit the comedian’s vehicle at the rear in New Jersey.
The impact of the accident was so serious that James McNair died on the spot while Morgan, who was transported to a close-by hospital in a chopper, broke his leg, ribs, and nose and was unconscious for 8 days. He also suffered partial memory loss after he regained consciousness and was unable to even remember what had happened. He eventually spent more than one month rehabilitating.
In July 2014, Tracy Morgan filed a lawsuit against Walmart and was settled by the company the following year. Although his settlement fee remains a secret, it is known that the two children of the deceased comedian McNair were paid $10 million.
Due to the seriousness of his injury, there were reports that his performing days may be over but that turned out to be false as he made it back to comedy business after his full recovery, launching his return with a comedy tour “Tracy Morgan: Picking Up the Pieces” in February 2016. Before then, he returned to Saturday Night Live and hosted an episode on October 17, 2015.
Wife and Kids
The actor cum comedian is currently married to American model Megan Wollover. He first got married in 1987 while in high school to his then-girlfriend simply identified as Sabina. They dated for a while and eventually took the forever vows. Their marriage produced three children, all sons, named Tracy Morgan Jr, Gitrid, and Malcolm Morgan.
However, things later went sour between the couple so they got separated. After almost eight years of being apart without any hope of rebuilding the broken walls, Tracy Morgan filed for divorce in August 2009 and in the same year, their marriage was officially dissolved. Some reports had it that part of the reason for the failed marriage was Tracy’s drinking habit.
Sequel to the divorce, he dated a lady known as Tanisha Hall who saved his life in 2010 by donating one of her kidneys to him after he became sick due to complications from diabetes. Considering such a huge sacrifice it was to give her boyfriend a much-needed organ, many thought Morgan would eventually get married to Tanisha but no, he didn’t.
In 2011 he met model Megan Wollover through a blind date arranged by a mutual friend. According to Megan, they spent two or three hours together but his confidence and charm caught her interest enough to make her agree to a second date. From then onward, they became inseparable and some months after, while in one of Megan’s favorite cities, San Francisco, Tracy popped the question and Megan said yes.
On July 2, 2013, the duo welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Maven Sonae Morgan and on August 23, 2015, they got married at the Ashford Estate in Allentown, New Jersey.
Tracy Jamal Morgan stands at a tall height of 1.78 m (5 feet 8 inches). The African-American comedian and actor has black hair and brown eyes. Morgan is said to weigh about 180 pounds.