Interesting Biography Facts
Dave Khari Weber Chappelle
comedian, TV actor
August 24, 1973
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Dave Chappelle family members
William David Chappelle III
William Abdullah Chappelle (older brother), Felicia Chappelle Jones (older sister), Fatimah Akinyele (paternal half-sister), Yusuf Abdullah (paternal half-brother)
Is Dave Chappelle a gay/bisexual?
What is Dave Chappelle marital status?
Who is Dave Chappelle wife?
Elaine Mendoza Chappelle
When did get married?
How many children does he have?
3 (sons Sulayman and Ibrahim Chappelle; daughter Sanaa Chappelle)
Dave Chappelle wife
Elaine Chappelle (wife)
Date of birth: August 31, 1974
Elaine Mendoza Erfe, widely known under the name “Elaine Chappelle”, is Dave’s wife of 17 years. She was born in 1974 in New York. The woman was brought up in a traditional Christian family. She has Philippine roots. She was educated at Hunter College. Just before his marriage to Elaine, Dave changed his faith for Islam. He asked his future wife to do the same, but she refused.
She dreamed to become a chef but then decided to focus her mind on family duties. She is not just a wife of a celebrity, but also a mother of his 3 kids.
The woman is a housewife, but she also manages some property in Ohio, owned by her famous husband. In addition, she was an owner of Sweet Sanaa shoe boutique, which is now closed.
Although Elaine avoids public attention, she appears alongside her husband at various red carpet events from time to time. In his interviews, Dave never gets tired to tell about his love to his wife.
Dave Chappelle kids
Sulayman Chappelle (son with Elaine Chappelle)
He is the oldest son of Elaine and Dave Chappelle. The boy has an Islamic name, which is the Arabic variant of the name “Solomon”. Although the exact age of the boy isn’t publicized, obviously, he is in his teens. He resides with his father and mother in Yellow Springs, OH.
Dave often mentions Sulayman and other his kids in his performances. He told that traveling with his son Sulayman alone for the first time was the most terrifying experience in his life. He understood that parenting could be stressful from time to time. But he is incredibly proud to be a father.
Ibrahim Chappelle (son with Elaine Chappelle)
He is the second son of Elaine Erfe and Dave Chapelle. His name means “father of faith” in Arabic. The boy is in his teens. He is not a public person.
Sanaa Chappelle (daughter with Elaine Chappelle)
Date of birth: 2009
The adorable girl, who is 10 years old as for now, resides with her parents and older siblings in Ohio on the 65-acre farm. The only girl in Chappelle family, she is doted by her parents and older siblings. Her mother took her name as a title for her shoe store.
Dave tells that parenting his three kids changed his life for better and made him more responsible. He began to take his work – stand-up comedy – more seriously.
Who are Dave Chappelle parents?
William David Chappelle III (father)
Date of birth: December 16, 1938
Date of death: July 29, 1998
That very year, when Dave won his first movie role, he lost his father. William was a talented person; he taught music in college and was a professor. Previously to it, he earned his living as a statistician. The man divorced with Yvonne Seon, Dave’s mother, when the future comedy star was just 6. But William remained the inseparable part of Dave’s life – he took his son to his house in Ohio every summer, while the rest of the year the boy spent with his mother in Washington.
William re-married Joan Chappelle after his divorce to Dave’s mother and welcomed two kids with her. Currently, the woman is 79. She runs her own brand “Joan Chappelle Counseling”.
Yvonne Seon (mother)
Date of birth: December 20, 1937
Dave is not the first prominent figure in his family. His mother, Dr. Yvonne Seon, is celebrated as African American Studies pioneer.
The woman was born in Washington, D.C. and was educated at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. In her young years, she studied politics in the University and once even crossed her ways with Patrice Lumumba, a Congolese leader. She worked by his side till his murder in 1961. After that sad event, the woman moved her way to Union University, where she earned Ph.D. in African and African American Studies. She taught black studies and French in a number of prestigious colleges and universities. She is still teaching in Prince George’s Community College. Dave’s mother lives in Cheverly, MD. She is married.
Dave Chappelle siblings
William Sedar Chappelle (older brother)
Date of birth: August 11, 1972
Sedar is the first son of Yvonne and William David Chappelle and Dave’s older brother. He resides in Yellow Springs, OH with his wife and sons Naseem and Sumayah. Like his brother, he has also converted to Islam. Previously he studied arts at Duke Ellington School.
Felicia Chappelle-Jones (older sister)
Date of birth: May 8, 1968
Felicia Chappelle is Dave’s older sister. She tries to avoid public attention, but at least one thing about her is known. Dave told in his interview, that Felicia was a chubby girl in her young years, and she suffered from her overweight. But once she visited the concert of the singer Prince. He noticed the girl in the first row and gave her a pick of his guitar. From that moment Felicia felt more confident.
He has two half-siblings – Fatimah Akinyele and Yusuf Abdullah – from his father’s side, too.
Dave Chappelle is an internationally popular stand-up comedian, mostly known due to his work in Chappelle’s Show, which was on air in 2003-2006.
Mr. Chappelle tried his hand as a comedian for the first time at the age of 14. After graduating from school, he moved from Washington, where he resided with his mother, to New York City with a strong intention to make the career in stand-up comedy. At first, he performed at nightclubs, and then played at the Apollo Theatre during amateur night, but he failed and public booed him.
But that didn’t stop the man, and he continued his activity. The young man was noticed by film producers at the tender age of 19, and he won his first role – in the film “Robin Hood: Men In Tights”.
In 2003 he was catapulted to stardom as the co-creator of Chappelle’s Show, which was on air at Comedy Central. Three seasons later he quit his show and returned to his roots – he began to perform as a stand-up comedian again. In addition, he starred in a number of successful films, including “The Nutty Professor”, “You’ve Got Mail” and more recent “A Star Is Born”, directed by Bradley Cooper and featuring Lady Gaga.
Interesting and fun facts
Baby in the Ghetto 😂 pic.twitter.com/folTYQkKLq
— Dave Chappelle (@ChappeIIeShow) August 5, 2018
- Dave Chappelle occupied the 98th position in Forbes list of the most earnable celebrities in 2018. He earned about $35 million from his tours and from his collaboration with Netflix – the actor participated in Channel’s documentary “Equanimity”.
- He was also included into the list of 100 best comedians, made by Comedy Central. He was 32 at that time, and thus he became the youngest comedian to feature in the list.
- He has a production company, named “Pilot Boy Productions”. He used the word “pilot” in the name of the brand to remember all those unsuccessful pilots he used to take part in, which had never been released.
- He is the holder of 2 Primetime Emmy Awards, which he won in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
- His height is 5 ft 11 in and his weight is 172 lbs.