In show business, music and acting can also pass for twins. With the necessary passion and talent, it has been easy for musicians and actors to switch seamlessly between the two. It is common to find many actors who had their first breakthrough in music and vice versa. Chi McBride is an example of how fluid and dynamic the entertainment industry can be.
Blessed with an impressive voice, Chi thought that music would be the source of his livelihood, and after much self-doubt he found himself juggling comedy, acting, and a bit of music to forge a pretty impressive career. He has been awarded the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and the TCA Award for individual achievement in drama.
Chi McBride’s Bio
As an American, the first fascinating thing about this star is its name, Chi. Born as Kenneth McBride, he chose “Chi”, a short form of his hometown Chicago, and is pronounced “Shy”. Chi was born on September 23, 1961, and grew up in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He attended Shiloh Academy, now known as Chicago SDA Academy, an institution owned and run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. After school, Chi was torn between holding on to the music, not only the music but also singing in the choir or leaving his beloved Chicago. In 1986, Chi moved away from Chicago and settled in Atlanta. He took a job as an accountant with AT&T.
After almost giving up his career in show business, he was lucky when his song He’s the Champ became a hit. The song – a parody of the marriage of actress Robin Givens and boxer Mike Tyson. Seemingly impressed by his talent, Chi was signed to Esquire Records and joined the R&B band, Covert.
After signing his contract, Chi went to California in 1991 to shoot a music video. On the set of the shoot, producer McBride saw him dancing, making impressions of Jesse Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and immediately set about convincing Chi that he would make more money with his talent in Los Angeles. After Chi auditioned for a Fox TV-produced sequel to the feature film “Revenge of the Nerds”, he was convinced that LA was the right city for him. He went back to Atlanta and quit his AT&T job.
His newfound popularity drove him to the big screen with appearances in movies like The Terminal, Let’s Go to Prison, Mercury Rising, Roll Bounce, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Frighteners, Undercover Brother, The Brothers Solomon, First Sunday, Paid in Full, Disney’s The Kid, Narc, Hoodlum, American Son, Draft Day, Pawnshop Chronicles, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation, The Family Tree, The Distinguished Gentleman, Who Do You Love? , Still Waiting…, Ultimate Avengers 2, King of the World, Home Sweet Hell, Waiting…, Annapolis, Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overwork, Fruits of Labor, etc.
He also had impressive television appearances in Hawaii Five-0, Human Target, Pushing Daisies, Boston Public, Golden Boy, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, The John Larroquette Show, Killer Instinct, Murder Police, and The Nine, Max Steel.
Chi McBride’s Wife, Family
Chi is of Caribbean descent and married to the Latina beauty Julissa McBride, the couple has a son born in 2008. However, Chi has 3 other children, whose identity is still kept very private. There is also nothing known about who their mother is.
Chi McBride comes from a close-knit family, he once said his parents still consider him unemployed and need a “safe” job because they would have preferred him to be a doctor, lawyer, or something like that.
Height and Net Worth
One of the most obvious characteristics of McBride is its intimidating size. He stands at an impressive 1.94 meters (6 feet 4.5 inches).
With well over three decades of work on his account, Chi McBride has an impressive net worth in the region of $10 million.