Sulayman Chappelle is the eldest son of world famous stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle. He lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio with his parents and two siblings.
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Early life and family
Sulayman Chappelle was born in mid-2007 and is an American national. His father, Dave Chappelle, chose the name for him according to Islamic naming traditions. Dave too shared in one of his interviews with Joshua Klein of The Onion AV Club in 2007: ‘It’s Arabic. It means Solomon, the Arabic version of Solomon. But it’s like it was biblical. I’m David, I think, Solomon. David Jr. is worthless, because then everyone will compare him to me all his life.’ Dave stated that he didn’t want his son to be another ‘Freddie Prinze Jr. or George Foreman Jr.” who would be compared to their fathers all the time.
Sulayman has two siblings: a younger brother named Ibrahim and a younger sister named Sanaa. The whole family lives on their own 65-acre ranch not far from Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Educational background and career
Sulayman is now a student at his local high school in Yellow Springs and will be taking matriculation in 2025. There is no information yet about his plans for his further education. Unlike the children of other celebrities, Sulayman has not appeared in any of his father’s shows as Dave Chappelle deliberately keeps his children away from social media and television. Dave has no social media accounts at all, just like his own Twitter was once hacked in 2012, the same year he started it, and he was so disappointed and upset that he ended up refusing to use any social media platforms.
Sulayman’s father, Dave Chappelle
Early life and family
Sulayman’s father was born David Khari Webber “Dave” Chappelle on August 24, 1973 in Washington DC, USA. Sulayman’s grandfather, William David Chappelle III, was a statistician, who was later invited to work at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, when Dave moved to the town he doesn’t want to leave even now. Dave’s mother’s name is Yvonne K. Reed Chappelle Seon; she was also a professor and worked at Prince George’s Community College. Dave’s parents were politically active people, so their house was often visited by Pete Seeger, Johnny Hartman and many politicians. It was Hartman who predicted that Dave would become a famous comedian; Dave was also inspired by the success and talent of Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy.
Rise to fame
Dave’s parents divorced, so he lived with his mother in Washington DC and spent his summers with his father in Yellow Springs. In 1991, Dave graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he focused primarily on theater arts. His acting career began on stage at New York’s Apollo Theater during an “Amateur Night”, and was sadly booed and hissed. Dave later admitted that it gave him the experience of overcoming his fear of going on stage again.
Dave debuted in the movie in 1993, landing the role of Ahchoo in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and the role of Ozzie in “Undercover Blues”. Dave’s career took a happy turn as soon as he appeared in the comedy “The Nutty Professor”, in the role of Reggie Warrington.
In 1996, Dave landed the lead role of Dave Carlisle in the hit TV series “Buddies”, and voiced various characters in several HBO animated series. Later he had roles in films such as “The Real Blonde” (1997), “Half Baked” (1998), “You’ve Got Mail” (1998). After HBO launched its first stand-up special, “Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly,” he was offered his own show and Dave didn’t hesitate to agree.
Chappelle’s Show and latest works
From 2003 to 2006, he worked on his ‘Chappelle’s Show’ not only as a host, but also as an executive producer, co-creator and writer. Along with fellow comedian Neal Brennan, Dave released three seasons of the show totaling 28 episodes. Even before the show was canceled, Dave launched another stand-up special produced by HBO, “Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth”.
In 2007, Dave focused on his family when his wife gave birth to their first son, Sulayman. Dave wanted to focus more on writing, but complained that he doesn’t get good scripts very often, so he couldn’t work on good films, even though he really wanted to: ‘When I get a script, it’s already in.’ Will Smith, Chris Tucker, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence. And then it comes to me. So if it’s a good script, five or six guys have to say no before I even get an option to do it.”
Since 2015, Dave has been coming back to movies and TV shows as an actor.
He landed the role of Morris in “Chi-Raq” (2015), after which HBO launched four stand-up specials with Dave in 2017: “The Age of Spin: Live at the Hollywood Palladium”, “Deep in the Heart of Texas: Live at Austin City Limits”, “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity” and “Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation” all of these movies saw Dave listed by Forbes as one of the highest paid comedians in the world as his net worth was at the end of 2017 grew to $47 million.In 2018, Dave Noodles starred in Lady Gaga’s biopic “A Star Is Born”, then released another stand-up special “Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones” in 2019, which he also promoted on his US tour.
Sulayman’s mother, Elaine Mendoza Erfe
Sulayman’s mother, Elaine Mendoza Erfe, was born on August 31, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, and is of Filipino descent.
Little is known about her life before she met Dave Chappelle in the late ’90s, but Dave once said they first met in Brooklyn; the couple married in 2001. Elaine is said to have dreamed of becoming a professional chef, but her dream did not come true as she is now a housewife and takes care of her three children with Dave Chappelle.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Not much is known about Sulayman’s hobbies except that he likes sports and likes to play basketball in school. He also likes to swim. He spends a lot of time in the fresh air and plays with his younger siblings, Ibrahim and Sanaa.
Appearance, clothing style
Sulayman has short black hair and dark brown eyes. His height, weight and vital statistics are not available at this time. As for his clothing style, he rarely enters the picture of the press and paparazzi, but when he does, he wears casual clothes, such as hoodies, jeans, baggy t-shirts, etc.
Wealth and salary
As of 2020, it is too early to speak about Sulayman’s personal net worth as he is not yet working. As for his father, Dave Chappelle is one of the highest paid comedians in the world; his net worth is estimated to be approx $50 million. However, he enjoys life on the farm and does not want to live anywhere else, although he also owns several houses, located in Xenia, Ohio.