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Tracy Morgan          

Comedian, Former SNL Cast Member and Actor on NBC's "30 Rock"

Tracy Morgan joined the cast of the legendary television sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live in 1996 and spent the next seven years there. In 2003, Morgan left SNL to headline his own show, The Tracy Morgan Show, but it didn't gain a following and ran for only one season. Morgan then found his niche in television in 2006 on the hit show "30 Rock," a sitcom created by fellow SNL co-star Tina Fey.

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan grew up in a dysfunctional family. Morgan's older brother, Jimmy Morgan, Jr., was born with cerebral palsy, and his father, Jimmy Morgan, Sr., was a musician and soldier who served multiple tours in Vietnam. Jimmy, Sr. began using heroin while in the military, returning home from the war in 1974 with both a serious drug addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. After living with his mother for most of his childhood, he moved in with his dad, who had overcome his addiction but had contracted AIDS as a result of using dirty hypodermic needles in his earlier life as an addict. Jimmy died of AIDS in November 1987.

Morgan soon found success as a stand-up comedian, making his breakthrough at Harlem's famous Apollo Theater. He soon was cast to play a supporting character named Hustle Man in Martin Lawrence's sitcom "Martin." Morgan was a regular on the show from 1994-96.

In 1996, Morgan made a major leap forward in his career, joining the cast of the legendary television sketch-comedy show, Saturday Night Live. He spent the next seven years on the show. Instead of leaning toward writing for the show, Morgan shifted all his energies to performance. He found, though, that the writers didn't know how to write good parts for an African-American man. He therefore found his time on SNL to be a challenging experiment in bridging the gaps between his own experiences and those of his coworkers and the audience.

In 2003, Morgan left SNL to headline his own show on NBC, a sitcom called The Tracy Morgan Show. During and after his Saturday Night Live years, though, Morgan landed significant roles in a handful of feature films. In 2010, Morgan appeared in both "Death at a Funeral" and the Bruce Willis police flick, "Cop Out."

Morgan found his niche in television in 2006 on the hit show "30 Rock." His character was written specifically for Morgan named Tracy Jordan, the star of a fictional sketch comedy show. The character is loosely based on Morgan himself; many of Morgan's own eccentricities and tribulations, including the ankle bracelet he was ordered to wear after a DUI arrest, appear on screen. Morgan was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009 for his work.

Morgan was diagnosed with diabetes in the 1990s. Despite an attempt at living a healthier lifestyle, Morgan had to undergo a kidney transplant in 2010.

Morgan published a memoir, "I Am the New Black." In it, he describes his rough childhood and how he developed his sense of humor.

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Tracy Morgan Posts Photo of Newborn Daughter, Maven Sonae ...

(Photo credit: Tracy Morgan) Meet Tracy Morgan's newborn daughter, Maven Sonae! “Here is MAVEN SONAE MORGAN at 2 weeks y'all!!!” the actor wrote on ...

Tracy Morgan to Star in FX Pilot 'Death Pact' | Movies News | Rolling ...

Tracy Morgan has landed the lead role in a new single-camera comedy series pilot for FX. The 30 Rock star has joinedDeath Pact, where he will play a l.

Tracy Morgan Crashes NYC Comedy Show, Delivers Hilarious New ...

The always-funny Tracy Morgan of "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" fame crashed a comedy show Tuesday night in New York, where he delivered some ...

Tracy Morgan 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Tribute: Watch the Clip | Variety

Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin paid tribute to Tracy Morgan during the "SNL" 40th anniversary special Sunday night.

Tracy Morgan Returns and Larry David Is Bernie Sanders on ...

When he stepped onto the stage at NBC's Studio 8H for his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live,” Tracy Morgan knew that viewers would question ...

Tracy Morgan coming to the State Theatre

Tracy Morgan isn’t joking, at least during a portion of an interview. Morgan has changed, which is common among those who lived through a near death experience.

Truck Driver in Tracy Morgan Car Crash Pleads Guilty - Rolling Stone

Kevin Roper, the Walmart truck driver involved in the 2014 car crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan, has pleaded guilty.

Tracy Morgan ordered to hand over documents in Walmart settlement

Tracy Morgan must hand over six years of tax returns and personal information in an ongoing dispute over his crash settlement with Walmart.

Tracy Morgan News and Photos | Perez Hilton

Tracy Morgan stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday to open up about how he's coming back swinging following his life-threatening car crash ...

Tracy Morgan Talks Accident Recovery and Saturday Night Live ...

Two years after the fatal accident that almost claimed his life, Tracy Morgan continues to keep people laughing. During an appearance on The View, the ...

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