One of the most popular comedy shows of the late 2000s, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ has developed a cult fan following the years. The show’s sheer craze and popularity remain even today, more than a decade after it ended. The show’s lead actors have come a long way, making significant leaps in both their personal and professional lives.
Finding out what these actors have been up to all these years and what they are doing now makes for an interesting ride. So let us take you on this ride right away! Here we have dug out all the information of the lead actors of the show, their journey, and their current standing, all for you. Let us briefly revisit the memorable series and its storyline, which has entertained us for so many years.
Everybody Hates Chris – The Series
‘Everybody Hates Chris’ is an engaging and rib-tickling story of the troubled and unusual experiences of Chris Rock, the comedian when he was a teenager. It has been inspired by the actual life and journey of Chris, who has created the show.
The series comprises four seasons and 88 episodes aired on UPN and The CW between 200 and 2009. However, the storyline of the series is set between 1978 and 1984, making it a drama period. Interestingly, the show’s title is derived from the CBS sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, a top-rated American television show.
Chris Rock himself narrates the story. In 2009, Rock declared that the series’ storyline had matched up with his own past, and hence it was the time to end the show!
Antonio Fargas AKA “Doc Harris”
The show had several unique characters who played a significant role in Chris’s life. One such character was that of Doctor Harris. This role was played by veteran actor Antonio Fargas, a highly accomplished actor even at that point and had a lot of work to boast.
However, even after his memorable role in the show, the actor has added several more feathers to his cap! Antonio Fargas has appeared in several films recently, including “Once Fallen,” “Stealing Las Vegas,” and “Silver Bells.” The actor, at 74 years of age, is still active and sought after in the industry even today. Take a bow!
Tequan Richmond AKA “Drew”
Who doesn’t remember Drew from ‘Everyone Hates Chris’? The charming, talented and handsome younger brother of Chris was played by Tequan Richmond and went on to be one of the most popular and talked about characters of the show. Since then, Richmond has starred in several movies and shows and has even produced a film!
Few years after the wrap of Everone Hates Chris, Tequan Richmond appeared in the biographical drama Blue Caprice, released in 2013. In the movie, he played the captivating role of Lee, the protege of D.C. sniper. He also grabbed the recurring role of TJ Ashford in the popular series titled ‘General Hospital,’ which ran from 2012 to 2018.
In all these years, he also made notable appearances in television shows like ‘Private Practice’ and ‘Love That Girl.’ However, most interestingly, Tequan starred in the self-produced film Nowhere Michigan, which received largely positive reviews. Well, for an actor who is just in his 20s, this ought to be a remarkable achievement!
Vincent Martella AKA “Greg Wulliger”
Greg Wuliger was another interesting character in the life of Chris. Greg is Chris’s best friend, and Vincent Martella plays the role. But mind it, Vincent played the weird, nerdy, and at the same time anxious character, to great perfection. In fact, he received widespread appreciation for the portrayal.
Post Everbody Hates Chris Vincent has gone on to do a lot of work in voice acting, where he lent his voice to several popular characters of popular series, films, and shows. In fact, you can listen to his voice in several video games too. How interesting is that! Vincent lent his voice to the popular “Phineas and Ferb” franchise and video games like “Final Fantasy XIII” and “Disney Infinity.”
Two of Vincent’s films in which he has lent his voice – Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe and Batman: Death in the Family have released in 2020 itself. Today, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors by several Hollywood filmmakers. Apart from voice acting, Vincent Martella also appeared in the fourth season of The Walking Dead television series, playing Patrick’s role.
Imani Hakim AKA “Tonya”
Imani Hakim, who played the iconic role of Tonya in the show, is now in her early 20s. Her portrayal of the smart, manipulative, and yet adorable girl was widely appreciated.
Post Everyday Hates Chris, Tonya’s most notable and career-defining assignment has been the Olympic Gold medalist’s role in the Lifetime Original Movie ‘The Gabby Douglas Story.’ The movie was released in 2014, and she almost made the world flip with her role in the movie!
Imani’s filmography includes popular productions like Chocolate City (2015), Chocolate City: Vegas Strip (2017), Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016), and Sollers Point (2017). More recently, Imani has appeared in movies like Burning Sands and Cam. In fact, her latest movie titled Mythic Quest was released in 2020, in which she played the lead role of Dana.
Terry Crews, AKA “Julius”
Terry Crews played the role of the father of Chris and his siblings in the show. No doubt, only a seasoned and talented actor like Terry could have done justice to the role. Terry Crews has been pretty busy since the wrap of Everybody Hates Chris and has done almost a dozen films and shows in these since then. He has starred in some of the best-made feature films of recent times, including the likes of “The Expendables,” “The Expendables 2”, “Lottery Ticket,”
He has also been seen TV shows like “Are We There Yet?,” “The Newsroom,” and “Arrested Development.” Most recently, Terry spearheaded the music video of Brittany Howard’s 2019 song “Stay High,” in which his lipsyncing and moves were received very well. In the middle of all this, Terry Crews also made many headlines for coming forward with allegations of sexual assault against a leading male Hollywood executive.
Terry narrated that how he was groped and sexually violated at a part in 201. The executive, as the investigations proceeded, turned out to be Adam Venit. Terry was declared as a “Silence Breakers” by the Time Person of the Year Award in 2017 for his coming forward with his experience.
Tichina Arnold AKA “Rochelle”
Tichina Arnold played the role of Chirs’ loving mother Rochelle in the show. Though her character was that of a paranoid and daunting lady, Tichina had infused life into it. After the show ended, Tichina went on to star in many TV series and movies as well.
Tichina Arnold started preparing for the TV Land original sitcom Happily Divorced immediately after Everybody Hates Chris ended. She played the role of Judi Mann in the show, from 2011 to 2013. Thereafter from 2014, she appeared as the lead character Cassie Calloway in Survivor’s Remorse for three long years.
And guess what, without taking any break in her career, Tichina joined the CBS sitcom series The Neighborhood in 2018 and continues to star in the show to date. She plays the role of Tina Butler in the show. Alongside her long-term engagements, Tichina has been doing small roles in other TV series and movies, including “Brothers,” “Raising Hope,” and “Happily Divorced”.
Tyler James Williams AKA “Chris”
The entire storyline of Everybody Hates Chris revolves around Chris Rock’s character and his encounters with the people and situations around him. Tyler James Williams played this lead character of the show, and it continues to be the character that Tyler is known for, even today. However, Tyler has worked extensively even after the wrap of the show and has many-layered characters over the years.
These include the character of a songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie ‘Let It Shine’ and Noah’s character on AMC’s Walking Dead.’ In fact, he also did voice work for the movie “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.” During the years 2016–17, Tyler played the main role in the television show Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
Other notable mentions of Tyler’s filmography include Dear White People (2014), Detroit (2017), and The Wedding Year (2019). Tyler William’s most recent release is The Argument, which was released in 2020. And guess what, Tyler’s latest movie titles, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday is already in post-production and is slated to release this year. No doubt, he has come a long way from playing the teen character of Chris to starring in multiple notable films over the years.
The Bottom Line
Each one of the actors of the series has gone on to do tremendously well in their careers. In fact, the actors who started as teen artists have forayed into different filmmaking fields and have created extensive profiles for themselves.
As a fan and admirer of the show, it only gives you a sense of pride looking out how well your favorite characters (and the actors who played those characters) are doing today, how we hope to continue seeing them both on the screen and behind it, for many more years to come!