American comedian, actor, producer, musician, and rap artist Mike Epps has a $5 million dollar net worth. Most people are familiar with Mike Epps from his stand-up performances on the “Def Comedy Jam” tour and his collaboration with Ice Cube in the “Friday” movie series.
On November 18, 1970, Michael Elliot Epps was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mary Reed and Tommy Epps are his parents. Early on, his comical talents were fostered. As a teenager, Epps started doing stand-up. Before relocating to Brooklyn, Epps first worked at the Comedy Act Theater in Atlanta.
Mike Epp’s big break came in 1995, when he moved to Brooklyn and joined the “Def Comedy Jam” tour. He also starred in two of HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” broadcasts. These opportunities helped launch his comedy career, and helped him gain wider recognition.
His first film appearance was in Vin Diesel’s directorial debut, “Strays” (1997). He was then cast as Ice Cube’s co-star in the film “Next Friday” (1999), the second movie in the “Friday” franchise. He received the opportunity to audition for the role of Day-Day Jones after Ice Cube attended one of his stand-up sets, and invited him to try out. He would go on to reprise his role as Day-Day Jones in the film “Friday After Next” (2002). That same year, he also worked with Ice Cube in the film “All About the Benjamins” (2002). Other films he worked on during this period of the late 1990s/early 2000s include “How High” (2001), starring Method Man and Redman; “3 Strikes” (2000); “Bait” (2000), supporting Jamie Foxx; and “Dr. Dolittle 2”, in which he voiced the role of Sonny the Bear. He has also voiced another bear character, Boog, in the film “Open Season 2” (2008).
The year 2008 was highly productive for Epps. That year, he appeared in the ensemble comedy “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” along with Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones, and Joy Bryant; “The Grand”, directed by Zak Penn and starring Woody Harrelson and Cheryl Hines; “Soul Men”, starring Samuel L. Jackson; and “Hancock”, starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron. In 2011, he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Willie Earl in the movie “Jumping the Broom” (2011). Epps has also been nominated for a BET Comedy Award, Black Reel Awards, and more. In 2012, he landed his first non-comedic acting role opposite Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in the film “Sparkle”, a remake of the 1976 film with the same title. He portrayed the character Satin, who is the main antagonist.
Other films Epps has appeared in include “Malibu’s Most Wanted” (2003), “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004), “The Honeymooners” (2005), “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007), “The Hangover” (2009), and “The Hangover Part III” (2013). He has starred in movies like “The Fighting Temptations” (2003) opposite Beyoncé, “Repentance” (2014), “School Dance” (2014), “Stealing Cars” (2015), “Nina” (2016), “Meet the Blacks” (2016), “Girls Trip” (2017), “Where’s the Money” (2017), “Death Wish” (2018), “Troop Zero” (2019), “Dolemite Is My Name” (2019), “The Cat and the Moon” (2019), and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (2019).
In addition to acting, Epps has continued to be active in the world of comedy. In 2010, he released a stand-up comedy special, “Under Rated & Never Faded”. That year, he also hosted the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards. He released the comedy special “Mike Epps: Don’t Take It Personal” in 2015, and the special “Mike Epps: Only One Mike” in 2019.
Recording and Music Career
In October 2009, Mike Epps released his album “Funny Bidness: Da Album.” Young Dro, Slim Thug, Too Short, DJ Quik, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg, and Young Jeezy all make cameos on it. On the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, it debuted at No. 98, while it peaked at No. 9 on the Top Comedy Albums chart. His stand-up comedy in “Under Rate & Never Faded” has been sampled by Bad Meets Evils and J. Cole, and he has been featured on a number of other songs and projects, including rapper French Montana’s “Mac Wit Da Cheese” (2009) mixtape, Dom Kennedy’s song “Intro/Hard Work,” and the stand-up comedy of J. Cole and Bad Meets Evils.
Kyra Robinson, an executive for the OWN Network and the producer of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” is married to Mike Epps. In June 2019, they tied the knot in Newport Beach, California. From 2006 through 2017, Mechelle McCain was his first wife. McCain and Epps have three children together, and she also has a fourth kid from a prior union.