When it comes to Cedric the Entertainer, he is a connoisseur of laughter and live entertainment. That said it is no wonder that he becomes the 2,640th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance.
NBA icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Comedian and actor George Lopez and business partner Raffles Van Exel in support and celebration of Cedric the Entertainer as the latest recipient of a prestigious star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 18, 2018, at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood el Centro Complex.
“Cedric the Entertainer is one of the funniest guys in show business! We enjoyed laughs on the boulevard on the day of his dedication ceremony,” said Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Emcee of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
Johnson and Lopez assisted with the unveiling of Cedric’s star. Fellow actors, comedians and athletes were among the hundreds of attendees on hand to witness Cedric’s place in Hollywood history including Eddie Griffin, Niecy Nash, Chri Spencer, Lil Rel Howery, Terri J. Vaughn, and Baseball Hall of Famer David Winfield.
Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers legend, praised Cedric for his unwavering commitment to “uplift our community, especially in the black and brown community.”
“I want to focus on how Cookie and I have been so blessed to be Ced and Lorna’s friend for more than 25 years,” said Johnson. “When I announced 27 years ago my HIV status, Cedric supported me at that time and continues to support me. He has helped me raise millions and millions of dollars for through the Magic Johnson Foundation to send so many kids to college who were well deserving but did not have the means.”
Cedric also raises awareness about Type 2 diabetes.
“The one thing that I am sure of in the 39 years that I’ve been able to call myself a professional comedian is I don’t think I’ve seen anyone more deserving of all of this love, more deserving of a friend, more deserving as a peer,” said Lopez who stars with Cedric on “The Comedy Get Down Tour.”
“If anyone can do this, you can, these were the words said to me by comedian Percy Crews,” said Ced who is an award-winning entertainer. “As a young boy, I always saw myself as an entertainer. That one little thing Percy said to me allowed me to follow my passion. Before long I was known as the chubby Denzel Washington of comedy.”
Cedric reminisced about the early days of being paid in wings and Hennessy.
“I am very blessed to have an amazing woman in my life, my wife Lorna who is my real star,” said Cedric. “A special thanks to Lopez and Johnson for coming out today to give me inspiring words.”
Cedric also acknowledged his children, dad, sister, his late mother, uncles, aunts, cousins, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, his long-time friend Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, the late comedians Bernie Mac and Robin Harris.
Walk of Fame ceremonies are open to the public and live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com. The Walk of Fame includes five categories: Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Recording, and Live Theatre/Performance. Each year, the selection committee receives an average of 300 nominations; approximately 30 names are accepted for insertion into the world-famous Walk.
The comedic actor born Cedric Antonio Kyles has 30 years in the entertainment industry. His impressive credits in TV and film continues to make headlines. For the past four years, Ced is appearing across the country with funny men George Lopez, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin and, previously, with the late Charlie Murphy with their successful show, “The Comedy Get Down Tour.”
He is also starring opposite Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish in the acclaimed TBS original dramedy, “The Last OG.” The latest TV project is CBS’ “The Neighborhood,” Cedric’s new sitcom in which he stars and also executive produces.
As a humanitarian, he founded The Cedric The Entertainer Charitable Foundation, which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. The Foundation has awarded hundreds of scholarships and countless incentives.
Additionally, his annual Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic, now in its sixth year, raises funds to benefit The Kyles Family Foundation, The Brotherhood Crusade of Los Angeles, The Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, and The American Diabetes Association.