At the end of this article, you will know Robert Townsend Net Worth and other information about the comedian
Who Is Robert Townsend?
Robert Townsend is an American actor, director, comedian and writer. He is popular for directing movies like Hollywood Shuffle, Eddie Murphy Raw and The Meteor Man and The Five Heartbeats. He has also directed movies and stand-up comedy specials.
He is also known for his role in the movie The Five Heartbeats, as Donald ”Duck” Matthews in 1991. His production company, Townsend Entertainment, also made him well known for the production of movies like Playin For Love, In The Hive and many other top movies.
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Though the making of movies made him popular, his rise to fame is attributed to his numerous stand-up appearances on national television. He also made appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson in the 1980s and early 1990s
Robert Townsend has worked with great and well accomplished talents like Beyoncé, Denzel Washington, Chris Tucker, Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry and others.
Robert Townsend Net Worth
Robert Townsend net worth is estimated around $2 million in 2022. He has earned his net worth from his best selling movies like The Five Hearts, The Meteor Man, Hollywood Shuffle and his other movies.
Robert Townsend Age
Robert Townsend was born February 6, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois and he is 65 years old. He is the second of four children of his parents, Shirley nee Jerkins and Ed Townsend. His parents divorced and his mother, Shirley, had to take care of him and his three other siblings as a single parent.
Education and Career
He grew up in the West side of Chicago and attended Austin High School, where he graduated in 1975. His interest in acting started when he was still in high school. He drew the attention of Chicago’s X Bag Theatre while reading Sophocles‘ Oedipus Rex in his high school days.
He auditioned and played roles in local plays by Chicago’s Experimental Actor’s Guild. This opened the way for him to be giving an a role in a 1975 movie titled Cooley High. Though he was not giving any credit in the movie, he claimed it was that movie that changed his life.
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Robert Townsend studied one year at Illinois University after high school, and later moved to Negro Ensemble Company.
His mother wanted him to have college education, but the comedian felt it was killing his passion for acting. He finally left university to pursue his acting career full time.
Robert Townsend Wife and Daughters.
Robert Townsend got married to Cheri Jones in September 1990. The couple had 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. They are Skyla, Grace and Isaiah Townsend. One of Robert Townsend daughters, Skylar, is following his father’s footsteps as she is also into parody acting. She has a popular video in which she is seen caricaturing Beyoncé.
The couple divorced in 2001 due to irreconcilable differences, after marrying for 11 years.
After Townsend divorce from his wife Cheri, he has not been in any other known relationship. There has not been any gossip or rumor on his love life.
Robert Townsend Movies and Awards
The comedian/actor has produced, directed and played roles in many movies since he began his career in 1975, in an uncredited movie titled Cooley High. He played the role of a a musician in a 1976 movie called The Monkey Hustle. He also played a roles in Streets of Fire, A Soldier’s Story, American Flyers, Ratboy and Odd Jobs. He also wrote, directed and produced Hollywood Shuffle, a 1987 movie.
In 2001, a TV movie he directed titled Livin’ for Love: The Natalie Cole Story, had one of the actresses winning an NAACP Image Award as Outstanding Actress.
He was nominated for an Ovation Award for his role as Dan in a Theatre play.
Facts About Robert Townsend
- He auditioned to be part of Saturday Night Live but was rejected in favor of fellow comedian Eddie Murphy.
- All his daughters, Skylar and Grace are also into acting
- He didn’t complete university, as he dropped out after one year.
- He was uncredited for his first movie role.
- Robert Townsend Net Worth is estimated around $2 million in 2022