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Tracy Morgan credits his 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin with helping him kick booze and turn his life around. The comedian violated his probation on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge last year when he was accused of drunkenly groping a female DJ. As punishment, he was forced to wear an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet.

Morgan has been in recovery since, and describes himself as a “functioning alcoholic” – and he insists Baldwin has played a large part in his rehabilitation.

He says, “Alec was the main one counseling me. He’s a passionate dude. I don’t give a f— what nobody say about him, dude been there. ‘You got an opportunity on 30 Rock,’ he told me. I felt the love when he do that.”

On a lighter note, Morgan is angry people often mistake him for the buffoon he plays in sitcom 30 Rock – insisting it takes intelligence to play someone that stupid.

The comedian plays TV star Tracy Jordan in the hit comedy, a character some fans have confused for his real life persona. But he’s really the opposite of Jordan, because he claims it requires brains and skill to properly portray an idiot.

He says, “He’s my alter ego, he’s not me. Some people believe everything they see on TV. People, it’s called tel-lee-vision. You have to be highly intelligent to get away with a dumb joke. That takes a pretty smart fella.”

Morgan was born in The Bronx, New York, the son of Jimmy Morgan, a musician.[1] After attending De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx, he was discovered in 1984 while doing stand-up at The Apollo. Tracy Morgan began his career on Martin, where he played Hustle Man. The character sold random items he had from the ‘hood, always greeting people with his trademark “What’s happ’n, chief?” In the 2003 movie Head of State, starring Chris Rock, Morgan appears several times as a man watching television, often questioning why they aren’t watching Martin.

Tracy was also a regular cast member on “Uptown Comedy Club”, a sketch comedy show filmed in Harlem, New York City which aired from 1992 to 1994 on various channels. It had a predominantly African-American cast, but there were a couple of white performers, notably Jim Breuer. He was also on the HBO show Snaps.

Morgan joined the cast of comedy show Saturday Night Live in 1996, where he performed as a regular until 2003. Morgan performed a variety of characters on the program, including Brian Fellows, Dominican Lou, Bishop Don “Mack” Donald (from Pimp Chat), Astronaut Jones, African Andy, Benny the Bengal, and Woodrow. Morgan is also credited with impressions of Aretha Franklin, Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Samuel L. Jackson, Mike Tyson, Judge Greg Mathis, Lou Bega, Oprah Winfrey, and Star Jones.

Morgan had his own show, The Tracy Morgan Show, in 2003, which was cancelled after one season.

Morgan also had a stand-up special entitled “One Mic,” that was shown on Comedy Central. Morgan was the host of the first Spike Guys’ Choice Awards, which aired on June 13, 2007. In 2003, he was on an episode of Punk’d in which his car was towed from the valet parking. He can be heard as “Spoonie Luv” on the Comedy Central program Crank Yankers and as Woof in the MTV2 Animated Series Where My Dogs At?.

Morgan acted in commercials for ESPN NFL 2K, ESPN NBA 2K, and ESPN NHL 2K where he co-starred with Warren Sapp, Ben Wallace and Jeremy Roenick. He appeared in the movie The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler, as a transvestite inmate. Morgan is currently a cast member of the NBC television show 30 Rock, playing the character Tracy Jordan, a caricature of himself.

Morgan has hosted the “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” for 4 consecutive years.

Morgan hosts the third season of Scare Tactics, the Sci-Fi Channel’s gruesome hidden camera show that “punks” people by using their worst fears against them.

On December 2, 2005, Morgan was arrested in Hollywood on impaired driving charges. He later pled no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge stemming from the incident.[2] On November 28, 2006, Morgan was again arrested and charged with DWI, this time in Manhattan.[3]

On May 10, 2007, a female disc jockey in Miami filed a misdemeanor battery complaint against Morgan, saying he groped her in a radio station studio. Morgan’s shows for that night and the next night at the Improv Comedy Club in Coconut Grove were cancelled. As of May 10, 2007, police have not yet decided whether to file charges.[4] According to reports from the scene Morgan smelled of alcohol, a potential violation of his probation for a DUI charge. Morgan had already been scheduled to be fitted with a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) ankle bracelet on May 25 in Los Angeles, to test his skin for alcohol vapors every 30 minutes for 90 days. On September 19, 2007 Morgan has been ordered to wear the monitoring bracelet for another 80 days as a result of the comedian admitting that he had violated a prior agreement to abstain from alcohol.[5] Repeat violations can result in a jail sentence.[6]

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