Tracy Jamal Morgan (born November 10, 1968) is an American actor and comedian, known for his eight seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and for his role of Tracy Jordan on the NBC TV series 30 Rock. Morgan was raised in a housing project in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, the second-oldest of five children of Alicia (née Warden), a homemaker, and Jimmy Morgan, a musician who returned from military duty in the Vietnam War recovering from addiction to heroin, causing him to leave the family when Morgan was six. Tracy, the target of bullies as a child, attended DeWitt Clinton High School. In 1985, his sophomore year, when he was 17, he learned his father had AIDS; Jimmy Morgan died November 1987, at age 39. Tracy Morgan had married his girlfriend Sabrina that year and dropped out of high school four credits short of a diploma. Already raising their first son, and living on welfare, Morgan sold crack cocaine with limited success, but began earning some money performing comedy on the streets after his best friend was murdered. Tracy said in 2009, "He would say to me, 'Yo, Tracy, man, you should be doing comedy.' A week later, he was murdered. And that for me, that was like my Vietnam. I had my survival guilt when I started to achieve success. Why I made it out and some guys didn't." Morgan embarked on a standup comedy career, successfully enough that, he said, "I finally moved to a nice community in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale from a run-down apartment next to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx...." Morgan made his screen debut on Martin, where he played Hustle Man. The character sold various items he had from the "hood," always greeting people with his trademark "What's happ'n, chief?" and had a pet dog that he dressed as a rapper. In the 2003 Chris Rock film Head of State, Morgan appeared as a man watching television, often questioning why they are not watching Martin. Morgan was also a regular cast member on Uptown Comedy Club, a sketch comedy show filmed in Harlem which aired for two seasons between 1992 to 1994. He was on the HBO show Snaps. He appeared twice on HBO's Def Comedy Jam.
Tracy Jamal Morgan