Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle biography
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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Dave Khari Weber Chappelle


comedian, TV actor

Birth Date

August 24, 1973


50 years

Zodiac Sign



Washington, District of Columbia, United States


Duke Ellington School of the Arts



Dave Chappelle family members

Father's Name

William David Chappelle III

Mother's Name

Yvonne Reed-Seon

Siblings names

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 family

Dave Chappelle wife

Elaine Chappelle (wife)

Dave Chappelle wife Elaine

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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

Dave Chappelle kids

Sulayman Chappelle (son with Elaine Chappelle)

Sulayman Chappelle son Dave

Date of birth: 2001

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”. 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.

When Sulayman got older, his father shared another joke about his son. He told during his show that he found marijuana in Sulayman’s room. Thus, he understood that his little boy has already “lost his innocence”.

Ibrahim Chappelle (son with Elaine Chappelle)

Ibrahim Chappelle

Date of birth: 2003

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.

Like his older brother, Ibrahim also became the hero of his father’s stand-up monologues. In 2017 Dave told in “The Age of Spin” – a Netflix special – the story about Ibrahim and his love for Kevin Hart’s shows. One day he asked his dad to give him $250 to visit Kevin Hart’s concert.  Ibrahim liked hart’s show so much, that Dave felt jealous.

Sanaa Chappelle (daughter with Elaine Chappelle)

Sanaa Chappelle

Date of birth: 2009

The adorable girl, who is 10 years old now, resides with her parents and older siblings in Ohio on the 65-acre farm. The only girl in the Chappelle family, she is doted on 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 the better and made him more responsible. He began to take his work – stand-up comedy – more seriously.

Sanaa was just 9 years old when she appeared in her first big-screen movie. She acted opposite her father and played his screen daughter in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star Is Born”. Although that was a small role, Sanaa’s success can’t be reduced. She acted opposite legendary entertainers, such as Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott. She attended “A Star Is Born” premiere with her famous father.

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)

Dave Chappelle 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)

Dave Chappelle 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)

Felicia Chappelle-Jones older sister Dave

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 bio

photo twitter / davechappelle

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

  1. 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”.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. He is the holder of 2 Primetime Emmy Awards, which he won in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
  5. His height is 5 ft 11 in and his weight is 172 lbs.
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