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Cedric the Entertainer receives Hollywood star

OW Staff Writer | 7/19/2018, 11:21 a.m.
A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the live performance category will be unveiled today..
Cedric

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the live performance category will be unveiled today

honoring Cedric the Entertainer for his career as a stand-up comedian.

Joining Cedric in speaking in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the El Centro apartment

complex on Hollywood Boulevard will be comedian George Lopez and Basketball Hall of Fame

member Earvin “Magic'' Johnson.

“I feel very blessed to be recognized in such an iconic manner,'' Cedric said. “I feel like I'm

getting roses when I can still smell them.''

The star is the 2,640th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558

stars. The ceremony will be livestreamed on walkoffame.com.

Cedric said when he moved to Los Angeles in 1994, he lived in an

apartment on Hawthorn Avenue and would walk one block north to Hollywood

Boulevard to eat and would see stars, include those honoring Spencer Tracy and

Jack Nicholson.

“Coming from St. Louis, it felt so surreal to actually be there

walking down that street,'' said Cedric, who was born Cedric Antonio Kyles on

April 24, 1964, in Jefferson City, Mo. and reared in Caruthersville in

southeast Missouri.

Cedric said he began his career as a stand-up comedian after receiving

encouragement from comedian Percy Crews.

“Like most people, I've always been considered funny,'' Cedric said.

“He would listen to me and thought I was super funny and one day told me, "If

anyone can do this you can."

Cedric said Crews helped him write a set, which he first performed in

1987 at an open mic night at the Funny Bone comedy club in the St. Louis suburb

of Maryland Heights, Missouri, winning $500.

Cedric's success as a stand-up comedian led to an acting career, which

began as a cast member of the 1996-2002 WB comedy “The Steve Harvey

Show.'' Cedric starred in the 2000 comedy concert film, “The Original Kings of

Comedy'' with Harvey, D.L. Hughley and the late Bernie Mac.

Cedric said his favorite acting project was the 2002 film comedy

“Barbershop.''

“I had a choice between movies and I chose that movie because I

really identified with creating the old man character and I knew that that

character would probably catapult me into another level because nobody expected

me to play the old guy or do what do what I had in mind for him,'' Cedric said.

“The fact that it worked so well is one of those things I considered

one of the most important aspects of my career.''

Cedric said another highlight of his career was a Bud Light commercial

that aired during Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 and was chosen as the game's best

commercial in the annual survey conducted by USA Today.

“I went to them to get some money to go on tour,'' Cedric said. “They asked me to do

commercials. The next thing you know I won the Super Bowl as the most popular commercial.

In those kind of things you feel if I never walked in for something that I wanted I never would

have got what I was supposed to get out of it.

“It led to me being in people's houses on a daily basis, sometimes

every two minutes.''

Cedric's other film credits include the 2007 action film comedy “Code

Name: The Cleaner,'' the 2005 comedy “The Honeymooners'' as bus driver

Ralph Kramden, the role made famous by Jackie Gleason, and the drama “First

Reformed,'' which was released in May.

Cedric supplied voices for the animated film “Madagascar'' and its two sequels and “Charlotte's

Web.''

Cedric's other television credits include starring in the 2012-16 TV Land comedy "The Soul

Man,'' which he helped create and was among its executive producers, and hosting “Who Wants

to Be a Millionaire.''

Cedric is a cast member of the Tracy Morgan-starring TBS comedy “The

Last O.G.'' and will star in the CBS comedy “The Neighborhood,'' set to

premiere Oct. 1.